Buster Olney recaps all of Thursday's MLB action, including another win for the Dodgers, Kyle Schwarber's demotion, the Astros' demolition of the A's and much more.
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Josh Reddick homered and scored four runs, Jake Marisnick and Marwin Gonzalez each went deep and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 12-9 on Thursday.
George Springer (hand) deemed day-to-day
Astros outfielder and leadoff man George Springer is day-to-day after leaving Thursday's game in the first inning with a left hand contusion, the team announced. A pitch from A's righty Jesse Hahn grazed Springer's shoulder before hitting his hand.
The Astros seem to have only a few first-world problems looming on the horizon, but adding pitching depth continues to be in focus. Houston has the prospects to target the big names out there.
Perez is one of the Astros' top prospects and has an amazing changeup to complement his 92-96 mph fastball, but his breaking ball has a ways to go.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch talks to Jessica Mendoza about the style of Houston's shift strategy, what makes it so successful, adjustments for specific players and more.
Carlos Correa homered, Mike Fiers struck out five over six innings to win his fourth straight decision and the majors-best Houston Astros won for the ninth straight time in Oakland, beating the Athletics 5-1 on Wednesday night.
Springer is Astros' springboard
Houston CF George Springer hit his eighth leadoff homer of the season during Tuesday's 8-4 win vs. the A's, tying his total from 2016. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other players in MLB history with more than one season with at least eight leadoff home runs were Alfonso Soriano (2002–03, 2006–07), Rickey Henderson (1986, 1993) and Hanley Ramirez (2007–08).
Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian discuss Aaron Judge's comments about the HR Derby, Cody Bellinger's amazing streak and more. Plus, Jessica Mendoza on the Astros' young hitters and Roch Kubatko on the floundering Orioles.
Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. is expected to start Saturday against the Mariners after missing his past two starts with a back injury.
George Springer hit a leadoff homer to spark a five-run first inning and the Houston Astros once again made themselves at home in Oakland with an 8-4 victory over the Athletics on Tuesday night.
Hosmer takes the lead at first
The Royals' Eric Hosmer has leaped the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and the A's Yonder Alonso for most 1B votes in the latest AL All-Star update. If the lead holds up, Hosmer would be the third Royal to earn consecutive fan elections, joining George Brett and Salvador Perez.
Keuchel making progress
The Houston Chronicle reports LHP Dallas Keuchel played catch Monday for the first time since going on the disabled list on June 7 with neck discomfort. The former Cy Young winner was 9-0 with an MLB-best 1.67 ERA at the time of his placement on the DL.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Matt Adams has done a great job filling in for Freddie Freeman in Atlanta (slugging .658 with the Braves), but once Freeman returns there may not be room for him. With today's pitcher-heavy rosters, it's hard to carry a 1B-only bench player. How about a trade to the Astros, where Carlos Beltran hasn't been that good, or the Royals, who could use a DH?
Monday's longest home runs
Eric Hosmer led the way with his second-longest homer of the year. Meanwhile, Houston's Jake Marisnick made the top five for the second consecutive day.
George Springer hit his 20th home run, Jake Marisnick and Derek Fisher also went deep and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Monday night.
Despite injuries to Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers, the Astros continue their winning ways due to their bats.
Sunday's longest homers
Four days after hitting a ball 465 feet, Kendrys Morales went for 460 in the seventh inning Sunday. Close behind were Edwin Encarnacion and Jake Marisnick, who each hit season-long homers.