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4/18/2014 | Astros tally season-high 10 hits, but A's drub Cosart

Astros right-hander Jarred Cosart had trouble throwing strikes in the first inning against the A's on Friday night. He ended up allowing seven runs in the first inning while managing to record only one out as Houston dropped its fifth consecutive game, 11-3, in the series opener at Coliseum.

4/17/2014 | Porter, Qualls and Keuchel getting over flu-like bug

Astros manager Bo Porter is never one to speak softly, but something finally managed to lower his voice a bit during the last several days. A "flu-like" bug has spread through the Astros' clubhouse, reaching everyone from Porter to the trainers to the Houston pitching staff.

4/17/2014 | Astros option Chapman, call up Valdes

Houston purchased veteran left-hander Raul Valdes' contract from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned Kevin Chapman to the RedHawks on Thursday.

4/17/2014 | Springer settling in to life in the Major Leagues

In one respect, George Springer's whirlwind first day in the Major Leagues was no different than any other call-up's. But given the attention the slugging outfielder gained while raking in the Minors, how he's settling in to life in the Major Leagues after a hectic 36 hours is a top priority for the Astros.

4/17/2014 | Astros unable to get bats going against Shields

Kansas City was the first team to pounce on Astros starter Scott Feldman this season, knocking nine hits off the Houston ace and rolling to a 5-1 win Thursday night to complete the three-game sweep in Minute Maid Park.

4/17/2014 | Feldman brings stellar ERA into game vs. Shields

Scott Feldman will start Thursday's series finale against the Royals at Minute Maid Park, facing James Shields, and trying to snap the Astros' three-game losing streak.

4/16/2014 | Astros welcome touted Springer, but lose in extras

Mike Moustakas cranked a tiebreaking solo home run to right field off reliever Jerome Williams to lead off the 11th inning and send the Royals to a 6-4 win over the Astros on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

4/16/2014 | Porter wins challenge in tight game vs. KC

Astros manager Bo Porter successfully challenged a safe call on Lorenzo Cain's leadoff infield single in the ninth inning of a 4-4 game against the Royals on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. After a two-minute, 54-second review, Cain was ruled out.

4/16/2014 | Springer tries to stay calm amid lofty expectations

The message George Springer received from both general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager Bo Porter upon his long-awaited arrival at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday afternoon was to simply relax and not try to do too much.

4/16/2014 | Gray looks to keep unbeaten start going vs. Astros

The last-place Astros must awaken their struggling bats to knock off Sonny Gray when Houston opens a three-game series Friday night at Coliseum against the first-place A's. Jarred Cosart starts for the visitors.

4/16/2014 | Peacock gets opportunity to join rotation

The Astros are turning to right-hander Brad Peacock to take Lucas Harrell's spot in the rotation. He'll make his first start of the season Sunday against the A's -- his former team -- in Oakland.

4/16/2014 | Springer's debut represents new era for Astros

George Springer is a five-tool talent who will bring immediate excitement to fans at Minute Maid Park and around the big leagues. He also represents the next wave of prospects the Astros hope will return them to contention.

4/16/2014 | Luhnow: Hot-hitting Singleton staying in Triple-A

Now that George Springer has joined the Astros, could Jon Singleton be far behind? The first baseman entered play Wednesday hitting .333 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 12 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City this year.

4/16/2014 | Struggling Harrell designated for assignment

Pitcher Lucas Harrell's time with the Astros appears to be over after the club designated him for assignment late Tuesday.

4/16/2014 | Grossman optioned after slow start to season

Considering how well left fielder Robbie Grossman played in the second half of last season for the Astros, his struggles at the plate and in the field in the first two weeks of the regular season have certainly come as a surprise to general manager Jeff Luhnow.

4/16/2014 | Astros call up highly touted prospect Springer

Outfielder George Springer, one of the Astros' most anticipated prospects in years, was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday to infuse life into an offense that has struggled through the first two weeks of the regular season.

4/15/2014 | Harrell struggles as Astros fall to Royals

Houston right-hander Lucas Harrell struggled to locate against the Royals, giving up four runs, five hits and three walks in a 4-2 loss Tuesday to Kansas City at Minute Maid Park.

4/15/2014 | Sore foot limits Castro to DH duties

Jason Castro was limited to DH duties Tuesday because of the soreness he was still feeling in his right foot. He was hit by a pitch on the toe Saturday in Arlington and didn't play Sunday.

4/15/2014 | Fowler still recovering from bout with flu

Dexter Fowler entered Tuesday hitting .500 (6-for-12) at Minute Maid Park this year. He was 2-for-4 in each of the first three games of the season-opening series against the Yankees before missing all four games of the Angels series with a stomach virus.

4/15/2014 | Feldman to make next start after death of father

Scott Feldman was back at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday and said he plans to take his turn in the rotation Thursday. Feldman was away from the team for three days to attend the funeral of his father in California.

4/15/2014 | Jackie is never far from Porter's thoughts

For Astros manager Bo Porter, the opportunity to honor the legacy of Jackie Robinson goes beyond getting the chance to wear the legend's No. 42 jersey once a year. Porter tries to remind himself constantly of Robinson's impact on the game of baseball and his life.

4/15/2014 | Guthrie, Keuchel set for duel with hitters struggling

The Royals and Astros are near the bottom of most offensive categories this season, as Jeremy Guthrie and Dallas Keuchel prepare to tango for the second round of a three-game set on Wednesday in Minute Maid Park.

4/15/2014 | Astros prospect Ruiz shines with four hits

In a wild, back-and-forth game in one of the best hitter's parks in baseball, third baseman Rio Ruiz stood out even in a losing effort Monday. He had a career-high four hits and hit his first home run of the season, but Class A Advanced Lancaster still lost to High Desert, 11-10.

4/14/2014 | Astros' 'shifting' philosophy paying dividends

With his powerful left-handed swing, Rangers slugger Prince Fielder hits a blistering line drive like he's done so many times in his career. The ball is already in right field when, seemingly out of the blue, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve reaches up to grab it out of the air.

4/13/2014 | Astros showing efficiency on bases

One of the Astros' goals this season was to be more efficient on the bases. So far, so good. They were successful on their first eight stolen base attempts of the season before shortstop Jonathan Villar was thrown out trying to steal in the third inning of Sunday's game.

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