Dallas Keuchel allowed only one run over 7 2/3 innings to continue his dominant start to the season as the Astros defeated the A's, 7-2, on Sunday to take the three-game series at Minute Maid Park.
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JJ Watt throws ceremonial first pitch at Astros game
Joe Musgrove was a hard-luck loser on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, but manager A.J. Hinch gushed over the young right-hander's best start of the season.
Andrew Triggs struck out a career-high nine batters over seven scoreless innings, while Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis added solo home runs as the A's ended their 10-game losing streak to the Astros in a 2-1 win on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.
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First baseman Yuli Gurriel began 2017 hitting just .125 through April 10. But in 14 games since, he's batting a Major League-best .442 with five doubles, two home runs, seven RBIs and a 1.117 OPS.
Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick was to begin an injury rehab assignment for Double-A Corpus Christi on Saturday night.
Charlie Morton allowed two home runs to Khris Davis in the first three innings but rebounded nicely, as he went seven innings and had a career-high 12 strikeouts against the A's. Oakland pitcher Jharel Cotton allowed three earned runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Evan Gattis had three hits and knocked in two runs, as did Yuli Gurriel, who added a home run.
Charlie Morton's night didn't start well Friday, as he allowed two home runs to Khris Davis of the A's in the first three innings. But he finished strong, striking out a career-high 12 batters in seven innings.
With All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve (left shoulder) and outfielder George Springer (left hamstring) both returning to the lineup for Friday's series opener against the A's after battling nagging injuries all week, the Astros are close to full strength once again.
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Daz Cameron can officially put his slow start to the season behind him. The Astros' No. 9 prospect broke out for Class A Quad Cities on Friday, recording a career-high seven RBIs and finishing a double shy of hitting for the cycle in the River Bandits' 19-2 rout of Clinton.
Astros reliever Chris Devenski was dazzling Thursday night, escaping a jam in the fifth inning and striking out four consecutive batters during one stretch, including three in the sixth. He was one out away from polishing off another strong outing before Francisco Lindor changed the course of the night in the seventh inning.
The Astros tried to move a runner into scoring position, down by a run in the ninth inning Thursday after Jose Altuve led off with a pinch-hit single. Altuve was thrown out trying to steal second on the third pitch of the next at-bat, an out magnified when Josh Reddick and Carlos Beltran followed with singles.
Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is one of the game's most talented young players, and he reminded the Astros of that Thursday. Lindor's two-run, go-ahead homer in the seventh powered the Indians to a 4-3 victory over the Astros in the series finale at Progressive Field.
They were born near each other, made their debuts within a week of each other, finished first and second in the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year Award race, play the same position, took the field next to each other for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and had this fun little moment on the basepaths Wednesday.
Michael Brantley does not look like he's missed a beat. In a 7-6 victory over the Astros at Progressive Field on Wednesday night, the Indians left fielder continued his impressive comeback with a pair of hits and three RBIs to pace the Tribe's offense.
Just a day after he played the role of hero by making a terrific catch at the wall to rob Jason Kipnis of a homer, Astros outfielder Josh Reddick lamented a pair of balls he couldn't quite catch in the first inning that loomed large in Houston's 7-6 loss to the Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.
The Astros called up their second player from Triple-A Fresno in as many days Wednesday, summoning Tony Kemp to replace outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Hernandez had been called up Tuesday and was promptly injured in a 4-2 win over the Indians.
Lindor messed with Correa at second
In a matchup of two of the American League's top clubs, Dallas Keuchel was once again on top of his game. The Houston lefty continued his strong start to the season, stifling the Indians in a 4-2 victory on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.
Making his first start of the year in center field, Astros outfielder Josh Reddick delivered a terrific catch in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's 4-2 win over the Indians, stealing what would've been the first home run of the season from second baseman Jason Kipnis.
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The Indians tried to counter the Dallas Keuchel phenomenon on Tuesday night with that rarest of results -- the fly ball.
Astros outfielder George Springer was out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive game on Tuesday due to left hamstring discomfort, but he was forced into action in the eighth inning of his club's 4-2 win over the Indians when newly recalled outfielder Teoscar Hernandez and All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve exited upon colliding in the outfield.
It's nearly as common a Spring Training refrain as the ubiquitous "best shape of my life," though it usually starts being uttered a couple of weeks later.
Unlike former Cubs catcher David Ross, who earned the moniker "Grandpa Rossy" in 2016 from his teammates for being the oldest regular contributor on the club at age 39, outfielder Carlos Beltran has yet to be tagged with an affectionate nickname, even though he's the Astros' first 40-year-old player since 42-year-old Doug Brocail in 2009.
Astros starter Joe Musgrove looked like he was in for a disastrous day against the Rays before he even recorded his first out.
Veteran Astros catcher Brian McCann opened Houston's three-game series Friday against the Rays by scoring what turned out to be the winning run. On Sunday, he came through again -- this time with the bat.
Beltran turns 40, outlasts Tal's Hill
They finished the week with another win on the road and extended their division lead, so it's no secret that the loaded Astros are off to a great start as one of the best teams in baseball in the early part of 2017. As is often the case in today's game, a terrific bullpen is a large part of the reason.
It seems like every time he takes the mound, Kolby Allard keeps showing why the Braves drafted him No. 14 overall two years ago. Allard is among Sunday's top prospect performers.