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Astros' Michael Brantley: Resting Saturday
Brantley will sit Saturday against Arizona.
Brantley returned in late August after missing more than a year due to shoulder surgery, then missed eight games earlier this month due to soreness in the same shoulder. When available, he's been effective, hitting .294/.302/.451 with a pair of homers through 14 games.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Jose Altuve: Registers 14th steal
Altuve went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Friday's 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks.
Altuve's steal was his first since Aug. 20, and his 14th of the season in 16 tries. He's not been lacking for opportunities on the basepaths lately -- he's hit .377 (20-for-53) with four walks over his last 12 games. The second baseman is at a .315/.398/.531 slash line with 17 home runs, 51 RBI and 75 runs scored through 88 contests.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Ryan Pressly: Secures 31st save
Pressly allowed an unearned run on one hit and struck out one over one inning to earn the save in Friday's 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks.
Pressly danced with danger after Alek Thomas reached on an error and Gabriel Moreno sent him home with an RBI double. Pressly was still able to get the job done, earning his first save since Sept. 9. The closer is up to 31 saves in 37 chances this season while logging a 3.58 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 74:16 K:BB through 65.1 innings overall.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Jose Urquidy: Does well in spot start
Urquidy (3-3) earned the win Friday over the Diamondbacks, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out two over six scoreless innings.
He made the spot start after J.P. France was scratched due to a family emergency. This was Urquidy's first start since Aug. 23 -- he'd allowed 11 runs over 14.1 innings across his last five appearances, all coming in relief. For the season, he's struggled to a 5.29 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 45:25 K:BB through 63 innings across 16 outings (10 starts). Urquidy will likely resume his bullpen role if the Astros are able to secure a playoff spot.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Chas McCormick: Back in lineup Friday
McCormick (back) is starting in center field and batting seventh in his return to the lineup Friday at Arizona.
McCormick missed Wednesday's series finale at Seattle after taking an Andres Munoz fastball to the back the day before, but he's ready to rock following Thursday's scheduled team off day. The 28-year-old outfielder has posted a .911 OPS with 14 homers, 10 steals, 43 RBI and 38 runs scored in 61 games since the All-Star break.... See More ... See Less
Astros' J.P. France: Scratched due to family emergency
France was scratched from his start Friday versus the Diamondbacks due to a family emergency.
Jose Urquidy will get the start instead as the Astros open their final series of the regular season. Entering play Friday, they sit two games back of the Rangers for first place in the AL West and one game up on the Mariners for the third AL wild-card spot.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Jose Urquidy: Draws spot start Friday
Urquidy will start Friday's game at Chase Field in Arizona, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.
J.P. France has been scratched from the start due to a family emergency, so Urquidy gets the call for what will be his first start since Aug. 23. The 28-year-old right-hander has allowed 11 earned runs over his last 14.1 innings while working in long relief.... See More ... See Less
Astros' J.P. France: Scratched from start Friday
France was scratched from his start Friday against the Diamondbacks for undisclosed reasons, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.
Given their position in the American League West and wild-card standings, Friday's game is pretty close to a must-win game for the Astros, so France must be dealing with some kind of physical issue. Look for an update on France's status to arrive later Friday. Jose Urquidy will pick up his first start since Aug. 23 in place of France.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Seth Martinez: Recalled from Sugar Land
Houston recalled Martinez from Triple-A Sugar Land on Friday, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.
He'll join the Astros' bullpen ahead of Friday's series opener in Arizona as Ryne Stanek goes on paternity leave. The 29-year-old Martinez has posted a 5.23 ERA and 1.49 WHIP through 43 major-league innings this season.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Ryne Stanek: Goes on paternity leave
Houston placed Stanek on the paternity list Friday, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.
Stanek will miss at least a portion of the Astros' final regular-season series against the Diamondbacks as he welcomes a new addition to his growing family. Seth Martinez has been called up in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Michael Brantley: Four hits in return
Brantley went 4-for-5 with a double, one RBI and one run scored in Wednesday's 8-3 win over the Mariners.
Brantley was a powerhouse from the No. 6 spot in the lineup after an eight-game absence. The outfielder contributed an RBI single as the Astros padded their lead with a seventh-inning rally. He's batting .319 over 13 contests this season while adding two homers, seven RBI, seven runs scored and two doubles. The 36-year-old hasn't attempted a stolen base in his limited action.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Martin Maldonado: Pads lead Wednesday
Maldonado went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 8-3 win over the Mariners.
Maldonado is hitting .224 (11-for-49) with four homers and eight RBI over 16 games in September. That's an improvement on his .193 batting average for the year, and he's up to 15 homers this season. The catcher has added a mediocre .616 OPS, 36 RBI, 33 runs scored and 12 doubles through 114 contests in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Mauricio Dubon: Blasts 10th homer
Dubon went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 8-3 win over the Mariners.
Dubon put the Astros ahead in the fourth inning when he took Bryce Miller deep, and that blast was enough for the win. Dubon had gone 15 games without a homer, but he hit .333 (14-for-42) in that span while filling a part-time role. He's at a solid .279/.309/.413 slash line with 10 long balls, 46 RBI, 76 runs scored and seven stolen bases through 129 contests this year.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Yordan Alvarez: Pummels another homer
Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, two walks and an additional run scored in Wednesday's 8-3 win over the Mariners.
Alvarez's homer was his third in the last four games and his 31st of the year. The slugger's blast went to deep center field to tie the game at 1-1 in the fourth inning. He's up to a .293/.409/.591 slash line with 97 RBI, 76 runs scored and 24 doubles through 111 contests this season.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Framber Valdez: Wild in no-decision
Valdez allowed three runs on five hits and five walks while striking out seven over four innings in a no-decision versus the Mariners on Wednesday.
Valdez walked five batters for the third time this year, and he's issued multiple free passes in three of his last five starts. This was a short outing of 83 pitches (49 strikes), which could allow Valdez to line up for an early playoff game or potentially a brief bullpen assignment over the weekend if the Astros are looking to secure a playoff spot. Through 198 innings this year, he's posted a 3.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 200:57 K:BB over 31 starts.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Chas McCormick: Out with sore back
McCormick (back) is not in the lineup Wednesday at Seattle.
McCormick was lifted from Tuesday's loss to the Mariners after taking an Andres Munoz fastball to the back in the top of the ninth inning, but he's said to be feeling better Wednesday and could be available off the bench. Mauricio Dubon will start in center field and bat seventh for the visiting Astros.... See More ... See Less
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