Verlander pitches 3rd career no-hitter, Astros beat Jays 2-0

TORONTO (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched his third career no-hitter, punctuating a dominant season by striking out 14 to lead the Houston Astros past the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 on Sunday. Verlander is just the sixth pitcher in major league history to throw at least three no-hitters. The right-hander became the first pitcher to throw […]

Astros hit 3 homers, beat Tigers 6-3; Sanchez, Correa to IL

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s win over Detroit on was tempered by news that shortstop Carlos Correa and starter Aaron Sanchez are both heading to the injured list. George Springer, Jose Altuve and Martín Maldonado homered to lead the Astros to a 6-3 victory Tuesday night before manager A.J. Hinch announced the impending moves. Their early […]

Greinke gets 200th win, pitches Astros past A’s 4-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After earning his 200th win, Zack Greinke hopes he’s on his way to even bigger achievements with the Houston Astros this season. Greinke reached the milestone with seven smooth innings Sunday, pitching the first-place Astros past the Oakland Athletics 4-1 to avoid a four-game sweep. Alex Bregman had a three-run homer […]

Sanchez, Astros throw combined no-hitter against Mariners

HOUSTON (AP) — Aaron Sanchez looked like a reinvented pitcher in his Houston debut, throwing six stellar innings to start the Astros on a combined no-hitter Saturday night in their 9-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Sanchez was an All-Star in 2016 and led the American League in ERA, but he’s struggled badly this season […]

Girl hit during Astros game had skull fracture

HOUSTON (AP) — An attorney for the family of a 2-year-old girl struck by a foul ball during a game last month between the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros said Wednesday that the girl suffered a skull fracture. Attorney Richard Mithoff provided the first update by the girl’s family on her condition since she was […]

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 […]