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  • Giants beat Rockies 7-2 to take lead in NL wild-card race
    on September 24, 2020 at 6:09 am

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mauricio Dubón hit a three-run homer off reliever Yency Almonte in the fifth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Wednesday night to move barely in front in a crowded NL wild-card race. Evan Longoria also went deep for San Francisco. Brandon Belt added three hits and walked twice. Logan Webb (3-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings to win in his first career appearance as a reliever. The Giants (28-27) have won three of four and are percentage points ahead of Cincinnati for the first of two NL wild cards. The Reds (29-28) won earlier against Milwaukee (27-28), another close contender. “Being in this clubhouse is really fun,” Dubón said. “You’re playing meaningful baseball and every hit, every run, every home run, every catch you make counts. That’s the fun part of it.” Raimel Tapia had two hits and an RBI for Colorado. Dubón’s homer on Almonte’s second pitch came just after Rockies manager Bud Black pulled starter Ryan Castellani following walks to Belt and Longoria. It was Dubon’s third home run this season and the seventh of his career. “It was a huge confidence boost for him because he has been hitting some balls on the button that haven’t left the ballpark,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “That confidence spilled over into the dugout. It was one of the more exciting moments of the last couple weeks.” Longoria homered off Castellani leading off the fourth to snap an 0-for-16 slide. Webb pitched in relief after the Giants used an opener for the first time this season. Caleb Baragar, who is 5-1 coming out of the bullpen, retired three batters and left after allowing Charlie Blackmon’s double leading off the second. “I can’t remember the last time I came in...

  • A's beat Dodgers 6-4 on Laureano's 9th-inning homer
    on September 24, 2020 at 5:34 am

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After going hitless in his first two at-bats, Rámon Laureano singled. Feeling emboldened, he choked up on the bat and broke a ninth-inning tie with a two-run homer. That gave the Oakland Athletics a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night in a matchup of West division champions. The A's moved within a game of Minnesota in pursuit of the No. 2 seed in the American League playoffs. “I guess it’s going to keep changing for everybody for these next six games. We’re just trying to win and win and win, and we don’t care who we play,” Laureano said. “We’re just trying to keep competing, get that winning culture going into the postseason.” Laureano also had an RBI single in the seventh and made a diving catch in center field. He moved his hands much higher on the bat in the ninth. “I practice choking up every single day,” he said. “I just decided, you know what, just change something and I did. Good things happened and hopefully it carries on.” Edwin Rios, who replaced Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner in the sixth, homered in his first at-bat in the eighth, tying it 4-all. It was the first run given up in 19 appearances this season by Jake Diekman (1-0), who had a 22-inning scoreless streak that dated to last Sept. 16. “You almost feel like you’re getting a break with Turner coming out of the game, and Rios has been so good for them,” A's manager Bob Melvin said. “But expecting a home run there is a shock, really.” Stephen Piscotty singled in the ninth off Blake Treinen (3-3). With two outs, Laureano homered to the lower left-field seats, clocking a cardboard cutout in the face for a 6-4 lead. Liam Hendriks retired the side in the ninth for his 14th save. Oakland starter Sean Manaea allowed three...

  • Rays beat Mets 8-5, clinch 1st AL East title in 10 years
    on September 24, 2020 at 5:27 am

    NEW YORK (AP) — Confetti instead of champagne. Silly string instead of beer. The Tampa Bay Rays, long accustomed to doing more with less, figured out a way to maximize the division-clinching celebration they were allowed to enjoy during a 2020 season shortened by the coronavirus. Randy Arozarena homered twice and the Rays clinched their first AL East title in 10 years Wednesday night with an 8-5 victory over the New York Mets. “I’m completely dry right now, which I’m not a huge fan of,” center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, the longest-tenured Rays player, said with a grin. “But you have to adapt to what we’re asked of.” With teams instructed to celebrate in a muted and socially distant style, the Rays went old school — or maybe elementary school — with their clinching party. The team filed slowly onto the field after Nick Anderson fanned Andres Gimenez for the final out. A couple of players shot off canisters filled with confetti that eventually dotted the grass and dirt at Citi Field. Hugs and handshakes were exchanged before the Rays doused one another with silly string and lit some cigars in the visiting clubhouse. Later, hooting and hollering could be heard from the visitors’ dugout. “We’re little kids trapped in grown men’s bodies,” Kiermaier said. Joey Wendle and Brandon Lowe also went deep for the Rays to back Tyler Glasnow’s six solid innings. Tampa Bay will be home at quirky Tropicana Field for a best-of-three first-round playoff series beginning next Tuesday. It is the third division crown for the thrifty Rays, whose payroll this season is just over $28 million — more than only the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles. Tampa Bay, which began play in 1998, also won the AL East, home of two big-spending powers in the Yankees...

  • Harper's 2 HRs help Phils top Nats 12-3, eliminate champs
    on September 24, 2020 at 5:05 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper showed up to Nationals Park, his old stomping grounds, about six hours before Wednesday night’s first pitch to get treatment for a bothersome back, then got a chance to stay off his feet a bit as the designated hitter instead of an outfielder. All Harper did was smack a pair of homers to help his current club, the Philadelphia Phillies, keep their playoff hopes afloat and eliminate his former club, the Washington Nationals, from playoff contention a year after they won the World Series. With Harper leading the way, and homers from Andrew McCutchen, Didi Gregorius and Andrew Knapp, too, the Phillies beat the Nationals 12-3 Wednesday night. “We’re at the part of the season where I need to be on the field," Harper said. “Nobody wants to hear any excuses.” The Phillies are 28-29 and third in the NL East but right in the thick of the playoff chase with three games to play in this pandemic-truncated season. Philadelphia is a half-game behind Miami for second place in the division, which earns an automatic trip to the postseason. The loss ended Washington’s modest — albeit season-best — four-game winning streak and left its record at 23-33. San Francisco's victory over Colorado later Wednesday night ruled out a postseason return for the Nationals. “It's really tough to come back every year," said Nationals slugger Juan Soto, who homered in the ninth, "because everybody is expecting things from you and your team.” Harper, who left the nation’s capital for a $330 million contract with the team up I-95 before last season, connected off Erick Fedde twice to reach 13 homers for the year — on a 94 mph sinker in the first inning and a 77 mph curveball in the sixth to make it 3-1. Harper was walked intentionally in his other...

  • Perez, Cordero power Royals to 12-3 rout of contending Cards
    on September 24, 2020 at 3:54 am

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Cardinals are headed back to Busch Stadium with their playoff fate still in their hands. No thanks to Salvador Perez and Franchy Cordero. The pair of Royals each hit two homers and drove in five runs Wednesday night, and out-of-contention Kansas City got a solid start from Danny Duffy while pummeling playoff-chasing St. Louis 12-3 in their series finale. The Cardinals (27-26) remain 3 1/2 games back of first-place Chicago in the NL Central after the Cubs lost to Pittsburgh, but their edge for the No. 2 spot in the division was nearly wiped out. The Reds (29-28) beat the Brewers (27-28) in their series finale to close within percentage points of St. Louis headed toward a pivotal final weekend. “We do have our destiny in our own hands,” said Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, whose team has five games in four days against Milwaukee beginning Thursday night. “We just came off a 13-game, 10-day road trip with a winning record, so we have to feel good about that. And we have our destiny in our hands, and I feel good about it.” Both of Perez's homers came off Carlos Martinez (0-3), who departed with a strained lower back with two runners on and nobody out in the sixth. Seth Elledge inherited a 1-0 count against Cordero, who had just returned from a wrist injury, and he crushed his first homer of the year two pitches later to extend the Kansas City lead. Cordero added a solo shot off Kodi Whitley in the seventh for his second career multi-homer game. “He put on a show,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “He just took over.” Duffy (4-4) allowed Dexter Fowler’s single in the fifth inning and loaded the bases in the sixth, but reliever Scott Barlow retired pinch-hitter Brad Miller to preserve a 6-1 lead. The Royals’ bullpen handled...

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History of Franchise
League: American League
Division: West Division

Front office
Owner(s)Jim Crane
ManagerA. J. Hinch
General ManagerJeff Luhnow

Arena/Stadium: Minute Maid Park

Major league titles
World Series titles (1)2017
AL Pennants (2)2017, 2019
NL Pennants (1)2005
AL West Division titles (3)
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
NL Central Division titles (4)
  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2001
NL West Division titles(3)
  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1986
Wild card berths (3)
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2015
Houston Astros Podcasts
  • 9/23 ASTROCAST by KARBACH BREWING: Hitting Coach Troy Snitker, Bullpen Coach Josh Miller, Astros Manager Dusty Baker, and Houston Methodist
    on September 23, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Will the Astros clinch a 2020 Post Season bid Wednesday night? Robert Ford and Steve Sparks preview the potential clincher and discuss the kyes to game as RHP Zach Greinke takes the ball for Manager Dusty Baker. Later on, Baker and Ford talk about what playing baseball in October would mean to Baker and his staff. Hitting Coach Troy Snitker and Bullpen Coach Josh Miller provide updates on the team as they wrap up the regular season. Finally, Sparky invites Dr. Priya Ramshesh with Houston Methodist to Astrocast to discuss breast cancer awareness. Dr. Ramshesh is an oncologist who provides diagnostics and treatment services for patients suffering from cancer. Listen to Astros Radio throughout the season and beyond on the MLB app. Astrocast official Podcast all year long, presented by @KarbachBrewing, Crafted for Fun!

  • 9/22 ASTROCAST by KARBACH BREWING: Dustin Garneau, Lance McCullers, Josh Reddick, Enoli Parades,Micheal Brantley, Astros Skipper Dusty Baker
    on September 23, 2020 at 12:25 am

    It’s a rainy night in Houston but the Astros are in Seattle to play the 2nd of 3-game set against the Mariners. It’s a pivotal matchup as both teams battle for a playoff position and LHP Framber Valdez will face off against the M’s RHP Ljay Newsome. Robert Ford and Steve Sparks break down the matchup and Manager Dusty Baker talks about the importance of Tuesdays game. Catcher Dustin Garneau zooms with Sparky to chat about the team’s lack of offense and the nuances of catching. Finally, Lance McCullers shares his thoughts after Monday’s tough loss and later Josh Reddick, Enoli Parades, and Micheal Brantley all sit down to share their thoughts at T-Mobile Park before 1st pitch. Get the latest news from the Astros official Podcast all year long, presented by @KarbachBrewing, Crafted for Fun!

  • 9/21 ASTROCAST by KARBACH BREWING: Astros Skipper Dusty Baker, MLB’s Brian McTaggart, George Springer, Yuli Gurriel, Ryan Pressly
    on September 22, 2020 at 12:32 am

    The Magic Number is 3 as the Astros travel to Seattle to begin a 3-game series against the Mariners. RHP Lance McCullers will oppose LHP Marco Gonzales. Robert Ford and Steve Sparks discuss the matchup before Manager Dusty Baker breaks down the series. MLB’s Brian McTaggart talks about the keys to the Astros post season potential and George Springer, Yuli Gurriel and Ryan Pressly share their thoughts prior to Monday’s first pitch from the Pacific Northwest. Get the latest news from the Astros official Podcast all year long, presented by @KarbachBrewing, Crafted for Fun!

  • 9/20 ASTROCAST by KARBACH BREWING: General Manager James Click, Jose Altuve, Dusty Baker, Brent Strom
    on September 20, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    It’s the final day of Astros baseball at Minute Maid Park on Sunday. General Manager James Click sits down with Robert Ford and Steve Sparks. The trio discuss life without ace RHP Justin Verlander through 2021, the starting rotation, the bullpen, injuries, affects of a short “spring training”, the Astros Alternate site in Corpus Christi, and what the scouting world brings to baseball. Manager Dusty Baker, Pitching Coach Brent Strom, and x5 Silver Slugger Jose Altuve share their thoughts before Sunday’s finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Get the latest news from the Astros official Podcast all year long, presented by @KarbachBrewing, Crafted for Fun!

  • 9/19 ASTROCAST by KARBACH BREWING: Carlos Correa, Jose Urquidy, Omar Lopez, Dusty Baker, James Click
    on September 19, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Saturday’s matchup between the Astros and Diamondbacks features rookie RHP Cristian Javier and Arizona’s RHP Luke Weaver. GM James Click delivers the unfortunate news of losing veteran RHP Justin Verlander for the season. Manager Dusty Baker, Carlos Correa and Jose Urquidy express their feelings before first pitch at Minute Maid Park. Omar Lopez is in his 22nd season with the Houston Astros and in his 1st as the teams 1B Coach. Lopez and Steve Sparks catch up before the game and Robert Ford invites Dr. Vijay Jotwani to the show. Dr. Jotwani is with Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and he talk to Ford about the importance of staying active during the pandemic. Get the latest news from the Astros official Podcast all year long, presented by @KarbachBrewing, Crafted for Fun!

Houston Astros All Time Home Runs

1. Jeff Bagwell 449
2. Lance Berkman 326
3. Craig Biggio 291
4. Jim Wynn 223
5. Glenn Davis 166
6. Cesar Cedeno 163
7. Bob Watson 139
8. Jose Cruz 138
9. Richard Hidalgo 134
10. Carlos Lee 133

Houston Astros All Time Runs Batted In

1. Jeff Bagwell 1529
2. Craig Biggio 1175
3. Lance Berkman 1090
4. Jose Cruz 942
5. Bob Watson 782
6. Cesar Cedeno 778
7. Jim Wynn 719
8. Doug Rader 600
9. Ken Caminiti 546
10. Carlos Lee 533

Houston Astros All Time Batting Average

1. Moises Alou .331
2. Jose Altuve .316
3. Jeff Bagwell .297
Bob Watson .297
5. Lance Berkman .296
6. Greg Gross .293
7. Jose Cruz .292
8. Hunter Pence .290
9. Cesar Cedeno .289
10. Bill Spiers .288

Houston Astros All Time Wins

1. Joe Niekro 144
2. Roy Oswalt 143
3. Larry Dierker 137
4. Mike Scott 110
5. J.R. Richard 107
6. Nolan Ryan 106
7. Don Wilson 104
8. Shane Reynolds 103
9. Bob Knepper 93
10. Wandy Rodriguez 80

Houston Astros All Time Strikeouts

1. Nolan Ryan 1866
2. Roy Oswalt 1593
3. J.R. Richard 1493
4. Larry Dierker 1487
5. Mike Scott 1318
6. Shane Reynolds 1309
7. Don Wilson 1283
8. Joe Niekro 1178
9. Wandy Rodriguez 1093
10. Darryl Kile 973

Houston Astros All Time Earned Run Average

1. Roger Clemens 2.40
2. Joe Sambito 2.42
3. Dave Smith 2.53
Billy Wagner 2.53
5. Mike Cuellar 2.74
6. Nolan Ryan 3.13
7. J.R. Richard 3.15
Don Wilson 3.15
9. Ken Forsch 3.18
10. Danny Darwin 3.21

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