Rookie Alex Bregman homered and had three RBI to back seven solid innings by Dallas Keuchel and lead the Houston Astros over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Saturday night.
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Lineup: Astros (67-61) vs. Rays (54-73)
- 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. Yulieski Gurriel, DH (R)
- 7. Marwin Gonzalez, 1B (S)
- 8. Teoscar Hernandez, LF (R)
- 9. Jake Marisnick, CF (R)
- SP: Dallas Keuchel, RHP Daily lineups
How does McCullers rank in pitching tools?
Lance McCullers has been on the DL twice this year, but that hasn't stopped his curveball from being one of the best in baseball. How does it fare in our rankings? Keith Law breaks it down. Ranking pitching tools (Insider)
Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis hit back-to-back homers in the ninth inning to lift the Houston Astros to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.
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
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).
Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer and Carlos Correa got two hits and scored twice, leading Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Wednesday.
Ivan Nova took a shutout into the ninth inning and finished with a six-hitter while Gregory Polanco hit two home runs to lead the Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the Astros on Tuesday.
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
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
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
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)
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.
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.
Alex Bregman had only one hit in his first eight games, but he's starting to heat up. ESPN Stats & Information takes a look.
David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger
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.
Doug Fister pitched seven scoreless innings, Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run homer and the Houston Astros beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Monday night.
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)
The Astros are reportedly interested in Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland, who isn't expected to be dealt ahead of the waiver deadline.
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
Eric Karabell wraps up a busy baseball weekend, with the Astros and Rangers adding bats, and the Blue Jays demoting an ace.
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