Darvish leaves start after five innings with sore shoulder

Jun 9, 2016

Darvish leaves start after five innings with sore shoulder

Yu Darvish had just thrown a 101-kph breaking ball for a strikeout in the fifth inning when he started stretching out and shaking his right his arm. When he walked the next batter, the Texas Rangers’ pitching coach and trainer made a visit to ...

Laird grateful for Fighters' support

Jun 8, 2016

Laird grateful for Fighters' support

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Although the start of his Japan career was truly forgettable, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters third baseman Brandon Laird has not forgotten those who helped him get through it. Laird was named the May winner of the Pacific League’s Player of the Month Award on ...

Sale keeps winning, stymies Astros

May 20, 2016

Sale keeps winning, stymies Astros

White Sox ace Chris Sale is on a historic roll, but that’s not the scary news for opponents. Sale and manager Robin Ventura believe they haven’t seen the best of the lefty sidewinder just yet. Sale went the distance on a masterful four-hitter Thursday ...

Cano hits grand slam  to fuel Mariners rout

Apr 27, 2016

Cano hits grand slam to fuel Mariners rout

Robinson Cano forgot how many outs there were and failed to turn a double play to end the seventh inning. It was the type of play that could have left the door open for the Astros to get back into Tuesday night’s game. Instead, ...

Jan 9, 2016

Former Cardinals official guilty of hacking Astros

The former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to hacking into the player database and email system of the Houston Astros in an unusual case of high-tech cheating involving two Major League Baseball clubs. Chris Correa pleaded ...

Arrieta wins NL Cy Young; Keuchel takes AL honor

Nov 19, 2015

Arrieta wins NL Cy Young; Keuchel takes AL honor

Jake Arrieta posted one final win, perhaps against his most formidable competition yet. The Chicago Cubs righty aced out Dodgers stars Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw to earn the NL Cy Young Award by a comfortable margin Wednesday. “There was some anxiety involved,” Arrieta ...

Nov 17, 2015

Cubs' Bryant, Astros' Correa named top rookies

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant on Monday was a unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year, and Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was voted the AL honor. Bryant made his debut on April 17 and became an NL All-Star. The 23-year-old hit ...

Cueto tosses gem as Royals oust Astros

Oct 15, 2015

Cueto tosses gem as Royals oust Astros

Johnny Cueto knew the Kansas City Royals had wagered much of their future on him, trading away a bevy of prospects in late July so that he could pitch in moments like this. The decisive game of a playoff series, their season on the ...

Keuchel leads Astros to series edge over Royals

Oct 12, 2015

Keuchel leads Astros to series edge over Royals

The Kansas City Royals were the darlings of last year’s postseason, making an unlikely run to the World Series. This year, another young, exciting team is on the brink of sending them home. Dallas Keuchel remained perfect at home with seven gutsy innings and ...

Astros take opener from Royals; Rangers top Blue Jays

Oct 9, 2015

Astros take opener from Royals; Rangers top Blue Jays

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch has a “soft rule” when it comes to a rain delay during a game: If it lasts about an hour, he’ll usually remove his starting pitcher. Good thing it’s not a hard rule. Hinch opted to keep Collin McHugh ...

Tanaka falls in playoff debut

Oct 7, 2015

Tanaka falls in playoff debut

Masahiro Tanaka’s first foray into the major league postseason was a wild one as poor control haunted him in the New York Yankees’ 3-0 wildcard playoff loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday. Tanaka allowed two runs in five innings to take the loss, ...

Tanaka to start Yankees' wild-card game against Astros

Oct 5, 2015

Tanaka to start Yankees' wild-card game against Astros

Masahiro Tanaka has been named to start Tuesday’s American League wild-card playoff game for the New York Yankees against the Houston Astros, manager Joe Girardi said Sunday. “He is pitching,” Girardi said. “That was the guy we were planning on pitching in that one-game ...