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Astros' Abraham Toro: Enjoys big day at plate
Toro went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and an additional RBI in a 13-0 victory versus Baltimore on Wednesday.
When Toro came up to the plate in the seventh inning, Houston was already ahead by eight runs. He padded that lead with a 417-foot three-run homer, then capped the scoring on the night with an RBI single in the eighth. Toro has hit safely in all but one game since being recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land on June 17, going 10-for-24 with two homers and nine RBI over that span.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Chas McCormick: Goes deep in rout
McCormick went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Orioles.
McCormick didn't start the contest, but he was brought in to replace Yordan Alvarez with Houston ahead by 11 runs in the seventh. He padded the lead with a 395-foot solo shot in the eighth. McCormick's .231 average on the season isn't impressive, but he has nonetheless been productive with nine homers and 27 RBI across 134 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Yordan Alvarez: Slugs solo homer
Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, an additional run scored and a walk in a 13-0 rout of Baltimore on Wednesday.
Alvarez launched a 448-foot solo blast in the seventh inning to stake Houston to an eight-run lead. The long ball was his second in his past three games and 11th overall this season. Alvarez has driven in six runs over his past four contests.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Jose Altuve: Blasts 17th homer
Altuve went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run, two total runs and a walk in Wednesday's 13-0 rout of the Orioles.
Houston's leadoff hitter found himself in the middle of the action in a big offensive night for the club, slugging a two-run shot in the fourth inning to pad an already-substantial lead. The homer was his 17th of the campaign, tying him for 12th place in the league. Remarkably, 10 of his 23 hits in June have left the yard.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Jose Urquidy: Cruises in blowout win
Urquidy (6-3) earned the win over Baltimore on Wednesday, tossing seven scoreless innings and allowing three hits and one walk while striking out six.
The right-hander didn't face much stress in the contest, as Houston staked him to a three-run lead after half an inning and a six-run lead through four frames. To his credit, Urquidy didn't let down his guard, throwing 69 of 84 pitches for strikes and allowing only one extra-base hit. He has completed exactly seven innings in each of his past three starts, posting a 19:3 K:BB and allowing only five runs over that span. HIs next outing is likely to be a rematch against the Orioles -- this time at home -- early next week.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Alex Bregman: Still weeks away
Bregman (quadriceps) is still "at least two or three weeks or more" away from returning, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Bregman landed on the 10-day injured list with a left quad strain Thursday, and manager Dusty Baker said right away that the 27-year-old would be out "a while." A better idea of the infielder's status could be revealed once he's able to resume baseball activities, but he could be sidelined until around the All-Star break following Baker's most recent update.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Robel Garcia: Bypassed for work at third base
Garcia is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
After going 1-for-5 with four strikeouts while filling in at shortstop for a resting Carlos Correa in Tuesday's 3-1 win, Garcia will head to his familiar bench role in the series finale. Garcia looked like he might get the opportunity to pick up regular work at third base when Alex Bregman (quadriceps) was moved to the injured list last week, but Abraham Toro has since emerged as the primary option at the position. Toro will pick up his sixth start in seven games Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Chas McCormick: Time as regular player ends
McCormick is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
McCormick's move to the bench coincides with the return of Kyle Tucker (illness), who was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list earlier Wednesday. While Tucker was out, McCormick drew eight consecutive starts in right field, going 7-for-34 with two home runs and six RBI over that stretch. With Tucker, Michael Brantley and Myles Straw locked in as Houston's primary outfielders, McCormick will have to settle for a bench role moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Kent Emanuel: Transferred to 60-day injured list
Emanuel (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Emanuel's shift to the 60-day injured list is simply procedural since he's slated to miss the rest of the season after he underwent an internal bracing surgical procedure on his left elbow in early June. The surgery carries a nine-month recovery timetable, so the southpaw could be ready to return to game action during spring training. Kyle Tucker (illness) was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list as part of a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Kyle Tucker: Makes return from IL
The Astros reinstated Tucker (illness) from the COVID-19-related injured list Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Though Tucker never tested positive for the coronavirus, the Astros were able to place him on the COVID-19 IL in accordance with health and safety protocols while battled a stomach virus that caused him to lose 10 pounds. He's apparently been able to regain some strength after resuming workouts over the weekend, and he'll likely slot back into a starting role in the outfield in Wednesday's series finale in Baltimore. Tucker's return will be most costly to Chas McCormick, who had started the last eight games in right field.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Garrett Stubbs: Optioned to Triple-A
Stubbs was optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Stubbs spent nearly a week on the major-league roster, but he didn't make any starts and went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI in two appearances as a pinch hitter. He'll now head back to the minors as part of a transaction to make room for Kyle Tucker (illness), who was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Myles Straw: Big night Tuesday
Straw went 2-for-4 with a solo home and a second RBI in Tuesday's 3-1 win over Baltimore.
Straw was the hitting star for Houston's powerful lineup. He belted a second-inning solo blast, his second of the season, then delivered the go-ahead and winning run in the top of the seventh. In between those two events, Straw made a diving catch on Cedric Mullins' sinking liner in the third inning to save that frame from snowballing. The center fielder has turned around his season since early May, hitting .297 with a .352 on-base percentage over 142 plate appearances since May 10.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Ryan Pressly: Locks down win for Greinke
Pressly allowed a hit and struck out two over a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the win over Baltimore on Tuesday.
Pressly locked down his 11th save in 12 opportunities to make a winner of Zack Greinke. Since his blown save May 29, when Pressly allowed three runs to the Padres, he has not allowed an earned run while striking out 11 and walking one over seven innings.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Zack Greinke: Grinds out win
Greinke (8-2) was credited with the win Tuesday after allowing one run on five hits and one walk while striking out four over 7.1 innings against Baltimore.
Greinke had baserunners in five of those innings, including leadoff runners in the seventh and eighth, but he was able to bear down and limit the damage. Once the Astros pushed the go-ahead run across the plate in the seventh, the bullpen stepped in to save the win for the starter. If the Astros stick with the plan to use six starters during a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, Grienke's next outing is due Monday at home against the Orioles.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Alex Santos: Moves to Low-A
Santos was promoted to Low-A Fayetteville Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Houston picked Santos with the 72nd overall pick in the 2020 draft. He was previously pitching at extended spring training in West Palm Beach, Fla., and he'll now head to Fayetteville, where he's expected to debut Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Pedro Baez: Throws off mound Tuesday
Manager Dusty Baker said that Baez (shoulder) threw 20 pitches off a mound at the club's spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Baez has missed the entire season to this point with shoulder soreness. He resumed throwing in early May and Tuesday marked the first news of him throwing off a mound. The next big step for the reliever will be to go on a minor-league rehab assignment, though it's not clear at this point when he'll be ready to so. Baez seems likely to remain on the 60-day IL through the All-Star break, but he could return to the Houston bullpen early in the second half.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Carlos Correa: Gets rest Tuesday
Correa is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Orioles, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Correa has not been reported to be dealing with a physical issue, so this appears to be just a normal day off. Robel Garcia will start at shortstop and bat second Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
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