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66-61, 3rd in AL West
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How do Astros rank in intangibles?

Is Colby Rasmus one of baseball's top baserunners? And where does Collin McHugh rank when it comes to inducing weak contact? Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "intangible" tools (Insider)

Enron Field was a bust

With the White Sox soon to be playing at Guaranteed Rate Field, David Schoenfield took a look back at other bad ballpark names. Enron Field was supposed to be the home of the Astros -- until the energy company went bankrupt after a fraud scandal in 2001, one year after it agreed to a naming rights deal with the team. Bad ballpark names

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Gattis sticks out among late bloomers

Evan Gattis, who debuted with the Braves in 2013 at age 26, has hit at least 20 homers in each of his four MLB seasons. Only three other players to debut at 26 or older have hit 20-plus home runs in their first four or more MLB seasons, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

  • Bob Johnson (first nine, 1933-41)
  • Dan Uggla (six, 2006–11)
  • Yoenis Cespedes (five, 2012-16).

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Gattis' 20th homer gives Astros early lead (0:28)

Lineup: Astros (65-61) at Pirates (63-60)

  • 1. George Springer, RF (R)
  • 2. Alex Bregman, 3B (R)
  • 3. Jose Altuve, 2B (R)
  • 4. Carlos Correa, SS (R)
  • 5. Evan Gattis, C (R)
  • 6. Marwin Gonzalez, LF (S)
  • 7. A.J. Reed, 1B (L)
  • 8. Teoscar Hernandez, CF (R)
  • 9. Collin McHugh, RHP (L)
  • Daily lineups

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Pirates top Astros to snap four-game losing skid (1:00)
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Is Lance McCullers' injury a concern?

McCullers missed his first seven starts with shoulder soreness and went on the disabled list with elbow issues in early August. Although the Astros have yet to declare him out for the season, they plan to exercise caution with him, Jerry Crasnick writes. Injury questions for contenders

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Alex Bregman on bench for Team USA?

By the time the Tokyo Olympics are here, Bregman will have several years of experience under his belt and could have played a few different positions on the infield. If the best U.S. players were allowed to participate, he'd be a valuable member. Schoenfield: 2020 U.S. Olympic dream team

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Valbuena may miss rest of the season

Luis Valbuena suffered a setback in his recovery from a right hamstring injury that may require surgery. Valbuena is seeing a doctor and if he needs surgery, it likely rules him out for the rest of the season, reports Jake Kaplan. Houston Chronicle

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Is Altuve baseball's best contact hitter?

Jose Altuve makes a strong case with his MLB-leading .364 average this season, but is that enough to top the likes of Mike Trout and Paul Goldschmidt, among others? Keith Law offers his opinion. Best hitting/speed tools in MLB (Insider)

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Fister continues to be a road warrior

Doug Fister notched his team-leading 12th win this season on Monday -- nine of which have come on the road. That's a new single-season career high and ties Fister with Jake Arrieta, Cole Hamels and Max Scherzer for the MLB high in road victories this season, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.

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Astros, Pirates meet at opposing junction

With Monday's win in the series between the two teams, the Astros have now won their last four games after losing four in a row. For the Pirates, their current streak is the exact opposite.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

In the first game of a critical series for both teams, Doug Fister outdueled Jameson Taillon as the Astros beat the Pirates. Taillon made one mistake as Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run home run and Alex Bregman added an insurance run with a HR in the ninth. By the way, after that 1-for-32 start, Bregman is hitting .312/.365/.558.

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Astros underperforming expectations

The Stros acquired closer Ken Giles this offseason, and he has overcome a bad start. However, the team has been hurt by the regression of Dallas Keuchel, the lack of first-base production and a bad season from Colby Rasmus, David Schoenfield notes. Offseason surprises and disappointments (Insider)

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Yulieski Gurriel: 'Nunca es tarde' cumplir sueño de Grandes Ligas

El toletero cubano debutó el domingo por la tarde y conectó su primer hit en las Ligas Mayores. Leer y mirar

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How the Astros offseason choices are impacting the team (0:59)
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Astros drop in Power Rankings

A 3-3 week didn't do much to help the Stros, whose playoff hopes appear to rest on the wild card at the moment. Carlos Correa is doing all he can to keep Houston in it and is on pace for well over 100 RBIs. Week 20 Power Rankings

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs57813th
Batting Average.24725th
On Base Percentage.32118th
Slugging Percentage.41915th
Earned Run Average3.979th
Quality Starts6510th
WHIP1.2811th
BAA.25817th

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