This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 17 HOUSTON (AP) — Aledmys Díaz hit a two-run homer, Lance McCullers Jr. had a solid start and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory. At 94-50, American League-leading Houston’s magic number to clinch a postseason spot is one. The Astros are 13-3 in their last 16 games. “It’s where we want to be," McCullers said. "We said in spring training, we want to win the West and if we can, we want to have the best record. I think the Dodgers may be a little too far gone, but we’re having a great season, and we’ve just got to keep winning ballgames. We control our own destiny, and that’s all you can ask for.” Díaz broke a 2-2 tie in seventh inning, roping an 84-mph slider from Joel Payamps (3-6) into the left-field Crawford Boxes. Díaz has 11 homers … [Read more...] about Díaz homers in 7th to break tie, Astros beat A’s 5-2
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 11 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays ace Shane McClanahan was pulled in the fifth inning with neck tightness during a 5-0 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. “He did not want to come out, was not happy about that, but we’re trying to make the best decision," manager Kevin Cash said. The AL All-Star Game starter and Cy Young Award contender allowed five runs for only the second time this season, pushing his ERA to 2.36. McClanahan (12-6) was making his second start after returning from the 15-day injured list due to a left shoulder impingement. “It was like full extension and I just felt a little tweak or something like that, but it went away immediately,” McClanahan said. “I guess they saw it as I was stretching it out or whatever, but I feel fine. I cannot stress that enough. “Middle of September, I respect the … [Read more...] about Star rookie Jeremy Peña crushes three-run homer, Astros blank Rays
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 18 DETROIT (AP) — Rookie Hunter Brown returned to his hometown to pitch six strong innings, leading the Houston Astros past the Detroit Tigers 6-3 on Tuesday night. Yordan Alvarez homered and scored three times for the Astros, who are 6-0 against the Tigers this season. “They are good, and they can beat you in a lot of ways,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said of his former team. “We've seen a couple of those ways in the last two days. Today we couldn't keep the ball in the park with two out.” Brown (2-0) allowed two runs on five hits while pitching in front of a loud group of friends and family. He grew up in suburban Detroit and attended Wayne State, about a mile from Comerica Park. “I was hearing my name a lot, even when I was warming up, and I definitely heard the cheering when I got my … [Read more...] about Astros’ Brown hurls 6 strong innings to beat hometown Tigers
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 12 DETROIT (AP) — Cristian Javier allowed two hits in six shutout innings, and the Houston Astros beat Detroit 2-1 on Wednesday for a seven-game season sweep of the Tigers. Javier (9-9) struck out eight and walked none, winning for the third time in four decisions. He retired 13 in a row before Riley Greene's two-out single in the sixth. “They didn't have a lot of righties in their lineup, so I knew I was mostly going to be using my slider against right-handed hitters,” Javier said. “I think our whole rotation is focused on attacking the strike zone and doing the best we can. Right now, we're all doing that well." Ryan Pressly, Houston's fourth pitcher, threw a one-hit ninth for his 28th save in 32 chances, finishing a four-hitter. Houston swept the Tigers over a season for the first time since moving to the AL in 2013 after … [Read more...] about Javier leads Astros over Tigers 2-1 for 7-game season sweep
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 HOUSTON (AP) — Yordan Alvarez homered in his first three at-bats, Justin Verlander threw five hitless innings in his return from the injured list and the Houston Astros clinched a postseason berth with a 5-0 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night. The Astros (95-50) won their sixth straight game to join the Los Angeles Dodgers as the first two teams to secure playoff spots, reaching their sixth straight postseason. Alvarez, second in the AL with 36 home runs, had solo shots off Adrián Martínez in the first, third and fifth innings. He capped his big night with a single in the seventh to tie his career high with four hits. It is his second three-homer game and first since Aug. 10, 2019, a season when he won AL Rookie of the Year. There have been only 15 three-homer games in Houston history and Alvarez joins Glenn Davis and Jeff Bagwell as the … [Read more...] about Yordan Alvarez smacks 3 HRs, Astros clinch playoff berth
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 11 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Astros clinched their fifth AL West title in six years, getting a leadoff home run from Jose Altuve in a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bays on Monday night. Headed to the postseason for the sixth straight season, Houston won for the eighth time in nine games and improved the AL's best record to 97-51. Luis Garcia (13-8) won his fifth straight decision, giving up two hits and four walks in five innings while striking out four. Hunter Brown pitched three innings and Héctor Neris finished the five-hitter, the Astros 16th shutout this season. Tampa Bay (82-65) is in position for the second of three AL wild card berths, one game behind Toronto (83-64) and a half-game ahead of Seattle (81-65). After the three-game series that ends Wednesday, the Rays host the Blue Jays in a four-game series. José … [Read more...] about Houston Astros clinch AL West for 5th time in 6 years
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 12 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Tucker hit a two-run homer, Lance McCullers Jr. pitched seven effective innings and the AL West champion Houston Astros completed a three-game sweep by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Wednesday night. Houston second baseman Jose Altuve was hit on the left elbow by Corey Kluber’s pitch in the fifth and left one inning later with elbow discomfort. He was replaced by Mauricio Dubón. Astros manager Dusty Baker said Altuve will probably miss the opener of a four-game series Thursday night at Baltimore to try and get ready for Friday. “He's going to be sore,” Baker said. “It got him below the pad, right on the elbow. Anybody who's ever hit in their elbow knows how much that can hurt.” Both Tucker and McCullers went to high school in nearby Tampa, Florida. “I like to play guys in front of their … [Read more...] about Astros sweep struggling Rays behind Tucker, McCullers
Do you already have a favorite Joey Meneses moment? Was it when he homered in his major league debut, when the Washington Nationals had just traded Juan Soto and you had never heard of this 30-year-old rookie from Culiacán, Mexico? Was it his inside-the-parker against the Miami Marlins, watching him chug around third with heavy legs before crossing home with that sly smile on his face? Was it his walk-off shot against the Oakland Athletics? Was it earlier that week, when he punched four doubles in the same game? Was it on Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta, once Meneses crushed a second-deck homer that delivered a win and could have material effects on the National League East race. Or maybe your favorite moment is right now, realizing it's - [checks notes] late September - and Meneses is still hitting, his batting average still .328, his on-base-plus-slugging percentage still .927 and home run total at 10 in 43 games. Maybe that's it. "I can't say enough about what Joey's been … [Read more...] about Joey Meneses? Joey Meneses!
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 The day after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the state's Department of Family and Protective Services to "conduct a prompt and thorough investigation" of families with transgender children, the first case came up, and Morgan Davis's name was on it. Davis was one of four investigators on a Travis County unit tasked with reviewing claims of child abuse. Usually, he and his colleagues took cases on a rotation. Davis was next in line. That evening, a Wednesday in late February, his supervisor called and relayed the basic facts. A mandated reporter - by law, any licensed professional who works directly with children - had turned in a family outside of Austin because they'd allowed their teenager to live as a girl. Under the governor's order, someone had to investigate the family for child abuse. Davis's supervisor told him she knew working the case might feel difficult. … [Read more...] about He came out as trans. Then Texas had him investigate parents of trans kids.