Gurriel lifts Astros with grand slam

/ May 16, 2017

Gurriel lifts Astros with grand slam

Short on sleep, the Houston Astros were listless and hitless until the fifth inning. Then their lumber stirred from its slumber. Yuli Gurriel hit a grand slam and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as Houston overcame a slow start to beat ...

Aoki's first three-hit game of year lifts Astros

/ Apr 26, 2017

Aoki's first three-hit game of year lifts Astros

Norichika Aoki had his first three-hit game of the season and drove in the game-tying run as the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 on Tuesday. Aoki tied the game at one with an RBI double in the fifth inning with no outs ...

Aoki helps Astros edge Athletics

/ Apr 16, 2017

Aoki helps Astros edge Athletics

Norichika Aoki scored a run, drove in two and stole a base for the Houston Astros, who overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 10-6 on Saturday. Aoki singled and scored a run in Houston’s two-run seventh inning, and delivered a tie-breaking ...

Mar 18, 2017

Puerto Rico books spot in semifinals

Puerto Rico edged the United States 6-5 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic as the top finisher in second-round Pool F. Puerto Rico, runner-up in the last WBC in 2013, will play the Netherlands in the first semifinal ...

Aoki excited to join teammates ahead of WBC

Feb 28, 2017

Aoki excited to join teammates ahead of WBC

Norichika Aoki, the sole major leaguer on the Japan national team roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, said Monday he is mentally ready for action but may need time to reset his sleep cycle. The 35-year-old, who was released by the Houston Astros ...

Samurai Japan adds Astros' Aoki to WBC roster

Dec 21, 2016

Samurai Japan adds Astros' Aoki to WBC roster

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Houston Astros outfielder Norichika Aoki has been added to the Samurai Japan roster for next spring’s World Baseball Classic, the team announced on Wednesday. The Japan national team revealed the first 18 players chosen for the roster a day earlier. The 19th man brings ...

/ Dec 7, 2016

Astros skipper looks to Aoki for balance

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch expressed hope Tuesday that Norichika Aoki’s contact hitting will be a plus to his boom-or-bust offense. The Japanese outfielder signed with the Astros this offseason after the American League club claimed him on waivers. Speaking to reporters at baseball’s ...

Beltran reaches deal with Astros

/ Dec 4, 2016

Beltran reaches deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran is headed back to Houston, hoping his 20th season in the majors could bring him — and the Astros — a most elusive World Series championship. A person familiar with the deal told AP on Saturday that the free agent slugger and ...

/ Nov 4, 2016

Astros claim Aoki off waiver wire

The Houston Astros have acquired outfielder Norichika Aoki, the American League club said Thursday. The 34-year-old Aoki, who bats left-handed, joined the Astros as a waiver claim from the Seattle Mariners and will be playing for his fifth team in his sixth season in ...