The last time he faced the Astros on May 28, Baltimore righty Ubaldo Jimenez threw 92 pitches in six solid innings of relief. This time, as the starter for Friday's opener of a three-game series vs. Houston at Camden Yards, Jimenez will get another crack at the American League West-leading Astros while dueling against Astros starter Mike Fiers, who has been on a roll.
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With the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline bearing down and the Astros still possessing a big league in the American League West, Brian McTaggart opens the Inbox to see what's on fans' minds from questions submitted through Twitter.
James Paxton continued his mastery of the Astros, allowing six hits and one run with seven strikeouts in seven innings, as the Mariners took a series at Minute Maid Park with a 4-1 victory Wednesday afternoon. Ben Gamel's two-run homer in the fourth inning put the Mariners ahead, 2-1, and was all the offense needed for Paxton, who improved to 2-0 in three starts this year against Houston, allowing one run in 20 innings.
Astros left-handed ace Dallas Keuchel will officially need another rehab start. Keuchel will make his second rehab start on Saturday after throwing three scoreless innings in his first rehab start on Monday for Double-A Corpus Christi, manager A.J. Hinch said after Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Mariners.
Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa underwent surgery Wednesday morning to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. Correa posted a picture on his Instagram page Wednesday, writing: "Successful Surgery, now ready for what's next."
The Astros and White Sox have spoken about trade possibilities since last offseason, if not before. But when the White Sox made two major deals this month, they sent pitchers to other teams: Jose Quintana to the Cubs; David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees.
2 days after glove funeral, Beltran makes grab
Who do the Astros have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Houston's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Astros reliever Will Harris will not return from the 10-day disabled list when he is eligible, but his rehab throwing program will begin soon, the 2016 All-Star right-hander said on Wednesday.
Astros prospects Daz Cameron and Ronnie Dawson put up monster numbers to help lead Class A Quad Cities to a 20-3 win over Lansing on Wednesday night. The duo combined to go 6-for-9 with two triples, three home runs, four runs scored and eight RBIs on a night where everything went right for the River Bandits' offense.
Evan Gattis hit a pair of home runs and Brad Peacock struck out nine over seven innings as the Astros topped the Mariners on the same day they learned they'd be without Carlos Correa for 6-8 weeks. Jarrod Dyson stole his 22nd base and knocked in a run for the Mariners, who saw their five-game win streak end.
In the first game after the Astros revealed they will be without their RBI leader Carlos Correa until September because of a torn ligament in his left thumb, Houston's search for offense to replace Correa wasn't tough to find.
Collin McHugh, Houston's right-handed starting pitcher who has missed all 93 games this season with a posterior impingement in his throwing elbow, is scheduled to return to the Astros' rotation to make his first start this season on Saturday in Baltimore, manager A.J. Hinch said.
The Astros were dealt a major blow Tuesday when it was revealed All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa would be lost for six to eight weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Correa will undergo surgery at a later date.
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.
Tyler O'Neill is heating up lately, having homered in three straight games and boasting a .327 average through 14 games this month.
After five ties and six lead changes, Seattle's Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia secured the Mariners' 9-7 win at Minute Maid Park on Monday with a pair of solo homers in the 10th inning.
Astros said goodbye to Beltran's glove
In Monday's 9-7 loss to the Mariners, the Astros went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10. They also went 0-for-2 in four bases-loaded chances, with two strikeouts, a walk and a sacrifice fly.
It didn't much matter that the top seven batters in the Astros' order produced no RBIs and Carlos Correa was absent, given a day of rest. Houston had Norichika Aoki and Jake Marisnick backing up a superb seven innings from starter Mike Fiers in Sunday's series-clinching 5-3 win over the Twins.
With their three combined hits, Norichika Aoki and Jake Marisnick knocked three RBIs from the eighth and ninth spots of the order in the Astros' series-clinching 5-3 win over the Twins at Minute Maid Park on Sunday.
MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.
Joe Musgrove was a marksman again in the strike zone in Saturday's loss, throwing 53 of his 84 pitches for strikes. The problem is that his opponents know his precise tendencies, too, and step to the batter's box ready to swing.
After a soft comebacker ricocheted off the glove of Astros reliever Tony Sipp, Eddie Rosario stretched what would have been a routine double play into a double and secured the Twins' 4-2 win on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros left the bases loaded in the second, fourth and seventh innings of a 4-2 loss to the Twins on Saturday after scoring 10 or more runs in five of their seven previous games.
Minor League blooper turns into inside-the-park homer
The Astros placed reliever Will Harris on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to Tuesday, following Friday's series-opening, 10-5 win over the Twins. To fill Harris' spot, the Astros recalled Reymin Guduan from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday.
Rafael Devers put his entire skillset on display while leading Pawtucket to a 7-4 win over Syracuse in his Triple-A debut on Saturday.
Young Springer played catch with Torii
Jose Altuve's streak of games with three hits came to an end at five following his 2-for-4 night in Friday's 10-5 win over the Twins.
Every Astros starter had a hit, including three from Marwin Gonzalez and two apiece from Jose Altuve, Carlos Beltran and Josh Reddick, as Houston continued its assault on Twins pitching with a 10-5 win in the series opener on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
Chris Paul throws pitch to Keuchel at Astros game
On Friday, Jose Altuve was named the American League Player of the Week for July 3-9. Altuve hit .625 with two doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs in five games during that span.