Cole fans 12 as Astros down Cubs 6-5

HOUSTON (AP) — Less than two weeks ago Jack Mayfield flew to Boston because the Houston Astros told him he was going to make his long-awaited major league debut after seven seasons in the minors. When he arrived, they didn’t need him after all after an injury to Aledmys Diaz wasn’t so bad. So and […]

Astros’ Altuve likely headed to injured list with hamstring

HOUSTON (AP) — Astros star Jose Altuve seems likely to end up on the 10-day injured list after straining his left hamstring Friday. Houston manager AJ Hinch said Saturday he’s “not optimistic” the 2017 AL MVP can avoid an IL stint. Altuve was pulled during the first inning of a 3-0 win over the Texas […]

Alex Bregman, Astros agree to $100M, 6-year deal

HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros have agreed on a $100 million, six-year deal that keeps the All-Star third baseman under contract with the team through 2024, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. The agreement includes this season, buys out three years of arbitration eligibility (2020-22) and pushes […]

Benintendi, Red Sox hold off Astros 8-6 for 3-1 ALCS lead

HOUSTON (AP) — Andrew Benintendi charged in hard and left his feet. Make the catch, Boston wins. If not … no telling. On this night, though, even a ball the Red Sox didn’t grab went their way. Benintendi made a diving play in left field with the bases loaded for the final out, and Boston held […]

Verlander cools off Red Sox 7-2 in Game 1 of ALCS

BOSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander outlasted an uncharacteristically wild Chris Sale, overcoming control problems of his own to give Houston six innings of two-hit ball on Saturday night and lead the Astros over the Boston Red Sox 7-2 in the AL Championship Series opener. On a 48-degree night that left both aces struggling to find […]

Cora sticking with David Price for Game 2 of ALCS vs Astros

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox manager Alex Cora is sticking with David Price, saying Wednesday the left-hander will start Game 2 of the AL Championship Series against Houston despite an unprecedented history of playoff struggles. Speaking on MLB Network radio a day after the Red Sox eliminated the Yankees from the AL Division Series, Cora […]

October orbit: Astros advance with 11-3 win, sweep Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — As his teammates sprayed each other with champagne and beer in Houston’s buzzing clubhouse, ace Justin Verlander stayed clear of the fray and foam while enjoying a cigar. This wasn’t the time to get soaked. Bigger parties lie ahead. The Astros are back in an October orbit. The defending World Series champions […]

Miller stumbles, Indians fall into 2-0 ALDS hole vs Astros

HOUSTON (AP) — Two Octobers after sparking a reliever revolution, Andrew Miller came up empty.Miller failed to get an out in relief of starter Carlos Carrasco, allowing a go-ahead double to Marwin Gonzalez as the Cleveland Indians lost to Houston 3-1 Saturday and fell into a 2-0 AL Division Series deficit. “I wasn’t good,” Miller […]

Springer, Astros hit 4 HRs, down Indians 7-2 in ALDS opener

HOUSTON (AP) — It’s October and George Springer, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman are all hitting home runs once again, helping the Houston Astros to a postseason win. A year after launching a World Series-record 15 homers in winning their first championship, the Astros picked up right where they left off, hitting four home runs […]

Keuchel, Altuve help Astros complete sweep of White Sox, 2-1

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s offense cooled off on Sunday after the Astros piled up 23 runs and 30 hits combined in their last two games. The Astros managed just three hits and two runs in the series finale against the White Sox, but it was just enough to get a 2-1 win to complete the four-game […]