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MLB: Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros
Preview

Astros' Framber Valdez looks to beat Guardians again

August 5, 2022, 7:15 AM

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Left-hander Framber Valdez looks to remain unbeaten in his career against the Guardians on Friday when the Houston Astros play the second contest of a four-game series in Cleveland.

Valdez (9-4, 2.80 ERA) owns a 3-0 record with a 2.81 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in three career appearances (two starts) against the Guardians.

The 28-year-old overcame Jose Ramirez's solo homer in the first to toss seven strong innings of a 7-3 victory over Cleveland on May 24.

Valdez will look to follow up the strong performances of Justin Verlander, Chas McCormick and Martin Maldonado in the series opener on Thursday, a 6-0 Houston victory. Verlander allowed two hits over six innings en route to his major-league-leading 15th win, and McCormick and Maldonado each belted a solo homer and drove in three runs.

"I didn't really feel that good at the plate early on in the game," McCormick told AT&T SportsNet. "I started to feel comfortable after I got that (RBI single) up the middle and we went up 1-0."

Valdez likely would be comfortable if he can keep rookie Steven Kwan at bay.

Kwan carries an 18-game hitting streak into Friday's game after extending his run with an infield single in the eighth inning of the series opener. He is 28-for-80 (.350) during the streak.

Trade-deadline acquisition Trey Mancini likely will play in left field for the Astros, who could give Aledmys Diaz the day off after he collided with teammate Jake Meyers during the series opener. Diaz injured his left ring finger on the play.

"I didn't play left in Baltimore (because) there's a lot of ground to cover there with the new wall," Mancini said. "I'd say left field (in Houston) probably suits me a little bit better on both sides of the ball, especially offensively."

Cleveland right-hander Hunter Gaddis is expected to be summoned from Triple-A Columbus to make his major league debut on Friday.

Gaddis, a 6-foot-6, 260-pounder, became the best option after Guardians manager Terry Francona used Nick Sandlin to close out the fifth inning on Thursday before Bryan Shaw handled the sixth and Kirk McCarty went the rest of the way.

Francona said that he and pitching coach Carl Willis "were going through the game and (we said) if we went to Sandlin and then went to Shaw, if we're down four if we go through our whole bullpen, if we got (McCarty) tomorrow against a right-handed-heavy lineup, we're running a risk," Francona said. "So, we pitched (McCarty) the last three innings."

Gaddis, 24, posted a 4-3 record with a 4.24 ERA in 15 appearances (14 starts) with Double-A Akron before going 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts with Triple-A Columbus. Opponents batted just .176 against him with the Clippers.

The Guardians optioned McCarty to Columbus following Thursday's game. The team had yet to announce a corresponding move on the 40-man roster in order to promote Gaddis.

"We just talked to (McCarty), he's such a good kid, and he's going to be back," Francona said. "Sometimes guys ... it happens. And I give the kid credit. He was really mature about it. And he actually threw the ball ... he gave up a couple of (solo homers) in his first inning, but his last two innings were really good."

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros
News

Anyone watching? Astros' Yordan Alvarez gets 4-strike at-bat

August 4, 2022, 1:10 AM

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Houston Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez unofficially struck out during the third inning of Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox but nobody noticed.

Umpire Jim Wolf didn't pull any punch-out theatrics and Boston catcher Reese McGuire tossed the ball back to left-hander Rich Hill. Nobody in the Red Sox dugout pointed out that the at-bat was over.

Meanwhile, Alvarez stayed put in the batter's box for the next offering of his four-strike at-bat.

Hill's first pitch of the at-bat was a ball and the second was a called strike. Alvarez then fouled off a pitch that landed near the third-base dugout for strike two.

Then Hill threw a changeup that Wolf called a strike. But play continued on as if were just strike two.

On the "1-3" count, Alvarez bounced out to first base for the first out of the inning.

Astros manager Dusty Baker said he wasn't aware it happened until told by reporters after the contest.

"Everybody missed it," Baker told reporters.

Alvarez isn't a player that you want to give extra pitches if you're the opponent. He has 30 homers and 72 RBIs in 89 games.

The Astros won the contest 6-1 despite Alvarez going hitless in four at-bats with an RBI.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox
News

Red Sox send Christian Vazquez to Astros; acquire Reese McGuire, Tommy Pham

August 1, 2022, 11:45 PM

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The Boston Red Sox made a flurry of deals Monday evening, reportedly dealing away starting catcher Christian Vazquez while adding catcher Reese McGuire and outfielder Tommy Pham in an effort to keep pace in the American League wild-card race.

The Red Sox dealt Vazquez to the Houston Astros, with reports of the move arising less than two hours before the teams were scheduled to open a three-game series against each other in Houston.

Vazquez, 31, took batting practice with Boston before learning of the trade. Reporters circled around him in foul territory, where he said "It's a business" before a Red Sox employee ushered him away.

It was not yet reported what Houston would be sending Boston to land Vazquez, who spent all eight seasons of his major league career with the Red Sox. He was one of the few players remaining from Boston's 2014 World Series roster.

Vazquez is batting .282 this season with eight home runs and 42 RBIs across 84 games.

It was the Astros' second big acquisition of the afternoon, coming hours after they landed first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles.

The Red Sox filled the hole at catcher by acquiring McGuire from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for left-handed relief pitcher Jake Diekman.

McGuire, 27, was in his first season in Chicago after starting his MLB career with the Toronto Blue Jays for four seasons. McGuire was batting .225 with nine doubles and 10 RBIs across 53 games for the White Sox. He's a lifetime .241 hitter with nine home runs, 34 doubles and 36 RBIs.

Diekman, 35, was in his first season with the Red Sox after a lengthy career with five previous clubs. In 44 appearances out of the bullpen this year, Diekman was 5-1 with one save, a 4.23 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings.

Multiple reports also said the Red Sox landed Pham from the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later. The New York Mets were said to be the other team in contention for the 34-year-old Pham.

Pham spent five-plus years with the St. Louis Cardinals, parts of two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays and two with the San Diego Padres before joining the Reds. He is batting .238 this season with 11 home runs, 11 doubles, 39 RBIs and 42 walks across 91 games.

The Red Sox entered Monday's play 51-52, in last place in the AL East but not completely out of the wild-card race.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles
News

Reports: Astros acquire 1B/OF Trey Mancini from Orioles

August 1, 2022, 8:54 PM

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The Houston Astros acquired outfielder/first baseman Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, multiple outlets reported.

According to Baltimore's MASN, the Orioles were expected to receive a package of pitching prospects in return.

Mancini is batting .268 with a .751 OPS this season and has a combined 31 home runs and 112 RBIs in 239 games over the past two seasons after missing the 2020 campaign as he recovered from stage 3 colon cancer.

Mancini was on the field with the Orioles in advance of Monday's game at the Texas Rangers when he received word of the trade. He could be seen saying his goodbyes as teammates prepared for batting practice.

In one of his final acts with the Orioles, Mancini delivered an inside-the-park home run Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays. It was one of his 10 home runs on the season.

The Astros are at home for a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox starting Monday.

Mancini leaves a much-improved Orioles club that is 51-51 heading into play Monday, but he lands with the 67-36 Astros, who are in first place in the American League West and are 8-4 since the All-Star break despite getting swept in a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics last week.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros
News

Astros reinstate slugger Yordan Alvarez from IL

July 21, 2022, 5:31 PM

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The Houston Astros reinstated All-Star outfielder Yordan Alvarez from the 10-day injured list on Thursday.

The team also reinstated left-hander Parker Mushinski from the 15-day IL, optioned outfielder Jose Siri to Triple-A Sugar Land and placed right-handed closer Ryan Pressly on the paternity list.

Alvarez, 25, landed on the IL on July 10 and had to miss Tuesday's All-Star Game. He is batting .306 with 26 homers and 60 RBIs in 75 games and leads the majors in slugging (.653) and OPS (1.058).

Mushinski, 26, has not pitched for the Astros since June 6 due to left elbow discomfort. He made his MLB debut on April 17 and has a 4.26 ERA in six relief appearances.

Siri, who turns 27 on Friday, is batting .178 with three homers, 10 RBIs and six stolen bases in 48 games this season with Houston.

Pressly, 33, is 3-2 with 19 saves and a 2.89 ERA in 29 relief appearances this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Yankees at Houston Astros
Column

Looking ahead: Five teams that pose a threat to the Yankees

July 21, 2022, 1:59 AM

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LOS ANGELES -- The New York Yankees and Houston Astros had a common goal this week, although it evaporated instantly with the end of the All-Star break.

The Yankees stood head and shoulders above the rest of baseball in the first half, but as the season winds down over the next 2 1/2 months, New York and Houston will battle it out for American League supremacy. It starts Thursday when they meet for a doubleheader at Houston.

There was less animosity Tuesday when an AL team managed by the Astros' Dusty Baker, defeated the National League 3-2, largely due to a two-run home run from the Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton. Once the final out was recorded, it was back to business.

"The way (Stanton) is looking and the way he's built, he should be around for an awful long time," Baker said Tuesday from Los Angeles. "I just regret that we have to play him in a doubleheader on Thursday."

The Yankees were a pitching and hitting juggernaut in the pre-All-Star Game portion of the schedule. On offense, their 157 home runs were 10 more than the next closest team, and they also had a baseball-best .776 OPS. Nobody came near their 497 runs scored.

From the mound, the Yankees had the third-best ERA in baseball at 3.08 and were second in the AL with 846 strikeouts. Yankees starting pitchers led the AL with 519 strikeouts, and the 1.04 WHIP from the rotation was best of any team in the game.

But New York did stumble into the break, looking less like the monster that stormed through the July 4 holiday. They went just 6-5 before baseball's mid-July pause, losing a series to the Cincinnati Reds, while going 4-3 against the rival Boston Red Sox, although they did head into All-Star festivities by defeating the Red Sox by a combined 27-3 score over the final two games.

Here are five teams that can challenge the Yankees' first-half domination:

HOUSTON ASTROS

George Springer and Carlos Correa are gone, but the Astros are still thriving with the same combination of relentless offense and strong starting pitching. Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker have emerged as offensive leaders, while Jose Altuve continues to produce. Framber Valdez and Justin Verlander provide the 1-2 punch for the starting staff, which leads the AL with a 3.15 ERA. Houston certainly is in line for a No. 1 or 2 seed in the playoffs and an opening-round bye as it looks to advance to a fourth World Series in the past six seasons.

ATLANTA BRAVES

The World Series champions weren't even in first place in their own division at the All-Star break, which is hardly cause for concern. They were five games behind the New York Mets at the end of July last season then roared to a championship. A life without Freddie Freeman was made easier by Matt Olson's arrival and Ronald Acuna Jr.'s return. Left-hander Max Fried continues to establish himself as an elite pitcher in the game, while right-hander Kyle Wright has parlayed his World Series success into a strong 2022 season to finally become a rotation mainstay.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The bullpen is banged up and the offense is prone to fits and starts, yet the Dodgers still found themselves as the NL's top team at the All-Star break, 3 1/2 games better than the Mets and 10 games clear of anybody in their own division. Mookie Betts emerged from a slow start to become an All-Star and Trea Turner has been as steady as anybody in baseball. Freeman has been solid following his emotional departure from Atlanta, and catcher Will Smith is a stud. Ace Walker Buehler is out indefinitely, yet the rotation still has a baseball-best 2.77 ERA from its starters. If Max Muncy and Justin Turner produce to expected levels in the second half, while Buehler returns, this becomes the team to beat. Or will issues at closer drag down the team?

TAMPA BAY RAYS

The Astros and Yankees have the top two rotations in the AL, but the Rays are right on their heels with a 3.35 ERA, and an overall mark of 3.37 that is fourth best in baseball. Pitching always has been where the Rays have thrived, with second-year starter and All-Star Shane McClanahan leading the way with a 1.71 ERA, the the best of any qualified starter in baseball. The team OPS of .691 is just 19th best in baseball, with teams like the Cubs and Rangers better. Well-pitched games are the hallmark of the playoffs, which gives the Rays a chance at a World Series run. But Rays pitchers are going to need run support at some point to limit the number of stressful innings.

SEATTLE MARINERS

Nobody in the AL has delivered a winning streak longer than the Mariners' current 14-game run, which left Seattle fans yearning for more baseball during the break. Excitement for the Mariners only grew during the Home Run Derby when Julio Rodriguez put on a show with 81 total home runs in the competition, only to finish second. First baseman Ty France was an All-Star, while the pitching staff has led the way with a 3.53 ERA, fifth best in baseball. Right-hander Logan Gilbert (10-3, 2.76 ERA) is a major part of the Seattle youth movement. It is something of a full-circle season for the Mariners, who haven't been to the playoffs in 21 years and are being led by a 21-year-old rookie in Rodriguez. Their post-break test comes early with a series against the Astros.

--Doug Padilla, Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians
News

Giants acquire LHP Alex Young from Guardians for cash

July 18, 2022, 11:16 PM

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The San Francisco Giants traded for left-handed reliever Alex Young on Monday, sending cash considerations to the Cleveland Guardians.

Young, who had been designated for assignment last week by the Guardians, was immediately optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

To make room on the Giants' 40-man roster, the team also outrighted left-hander Aaron Fletcher to Sacramento on Monday.

The 28-year-old Young has appeared in just one game this season, facing two batters in Game 1 of Cleveland's doubleheader on July 4 against the Detroit Tigers. He allowed one hit while striking out the other batter.

This marks Young's third organization in the past two seasons. Originally a second-round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015, the TCU product began his career as a starter -- going 7-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 17 outings (15 starts) as a rookie in 2019. He split time between starting and relieving in 15 appearances in 2020 and his ERA rose to 5.44.

Young was waived and picked up by Cleveland last season. In four major league seasons, he is 11-15 with a 4.90 ERA in 73 games (24 starts).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Texas Rangers at Cleveland Guardians
News

Tigers-Guardians postponed due to inclement weather

July 17, 2022, 4:52 PM

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Sunday's scheduled game in Cleveland between the Guardians and Detroit Tigers was postponed because of inclement weather.

The game will be made up on Aug. 15 at 3:10 p.m. ET as part of a traditional doubleheader.

The Guardians enter the All-Star break with a 46-44 record and in second place in the American League Central. They won the first three games of the four-game set against Detroit.

The Tigers (37-55) are jockeying with the Kansas City Royals for last place in the division. After a six-game winning streak, the Tigers have lost eight of their past nine games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels
News

Astros 2B Jose Altuve to sit out All-Star Game

July 16, 2022, 4:40 PM

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Cleveland Guardians second baseman Andres Gimenez is scheduled to start at the position for the American League after Houston Astros star Jose Altuve opted out of the upcoming All-Star Game.

Altuve, who was elected the starter following the fan vote, will miss Tuesday's game in Los Angeles while dealing with a knee injury. He is listed as day-to-day by the Astros.

Second baseman Santiago Espinal of the Toronto Blue Jays was added to the AL roster.

Espinal, 27, is hitting .271 with six homers and 37 RBIs in 89 games heading into Saturday's action.

Also on Saturday, MLB Network reported Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley has been added to the National League roster for the contest at Dodger Stadium.

Riley, 25, is batting .282 with 26 homers and 60 RBIs in 90 games heading into Saturday's action.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Kansas City Royals
News

Guardians RHP Aaron Civale (wrist) placed on 15-day IL

July 14, 2022, 8:27 PM

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Cleveland Guardians right-hander Aaron Civale has been placed on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a sprained right wrist.

Civale exited Wednesday night's 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox after just one inning. He had been dealing with the injury for quite some time, manager Terry Francona said.

Civale is headed to the injured list for the second time this season. The 27-year-old is 2-5 with a 6.17 ERA in 12 starts in 2022.

He owns a 21-20 record with a 4.18 ERA in 55 career starts with Cleveland.

Also on Thursday, the Guardians selected the contract of left-hander Tanner Tully from Triple-A Columbus.

Tully, 27, made two relief appearances with Cleveland this season without registering a decision. He allowed four runs on seven hits and walked five batters in five innings.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros
News

Astros OF/DH Yordan Alvarez (hand) heads to IL

July 10, 2022, 8:19 PM

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Houston Astros placed outfielder and designated hitter Yordan Alvarez on the 10-day injured list on Sunday due to right hand inflammation.

Outfielder Jose Siri was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land in a corresponding move.

Alvarez, the 2019 American League Rookie of the Year, is batting .306 in 75 games this year and leads Houston with 26 home runs, 60 RBIs and 82 hits.

The 25-year-old recently missed two games while in concussion protocol after a hard collision in the field with teammate Jeremy Pena on June 29. He returned July 2 and has collected three homers, four RBIs and six walks so far this month.

Siri, who turns 27 later this month, batted .185 in 45 previous appearances for the Astros this season. He made his major league debut last year and batted .304 with four homers in 21 games.

At Sugar Land, Siri is batting .311 with six homers and 15 RBIs in just 10 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros
News

Astros SS Jeremy Pena late scratch vs. Royals

July 7, 2022, 6:36 PM

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Houston Astros rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena was scratched from the lineup ahead of Thursday afternoon's game against the visiting Kansas City Royals due to health and safety protocol.

Outfielder Aledmys Diaz was inserted in the lineup to bat second in place of Pena. Mauricio Dubon, who will bat seventh in the lineup, shuffled from left field to shortstop.

Pena, 24, is 7-for-29 with three homers and four RBIs in six games since colliding with teammate Yordan Alvarez in a game against the New York Mets on June 29.

Overall, Pena is batting .320/.472/.792 with 12 homers and 31 RBIs in 63 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: 2022 Cleveland Media Day
News

Giants acquire RHP Tobias Myers from Guardians for cash

July 7, 2022, 6:36 PM

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The San Francisco Giants acquired right-hander Tobias Myers from the Cleveland Guardians in exchange for cash considerations on Thursday.

Myers, who turns 24 next month, was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. He has not made his major league debut.

He went 1-9 with a 6.00 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Columbus this season before being designated for assignment by Cleveland on Saturday.

Originally a sixth-round draft pick by the Baltimore Orioles in 2016, Myers is 32-25 with a 3.76 ERA in 98 games (86 starts) in the minors since 2016.

To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, San Francisco transferred right-hander Anthony DeSclafani to the 60-day injured list. He is scheduled to have season-ending surgery on his right ankle next week.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox
News

Astros reinstate RHP Jake Odorizzi (leg) from IL

July 4, 2022, 7:14 PM

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The Houston Astros reinstated right-hander Jake Odorizzi (leg injury) from the 15-day injured list on Monday.

Odorizzi is set to make his first start since May 16 on Monday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals.

The Astros optioned RHP Enoli Paredes to Triple-A Sugar Land to make room for Odorizzi on the active roster.

Odorizzi (3-2, 3.13 ERA) went 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA over his last four starts, sustaining the injury during a road outing against the Boston Red Sox. He collapsed while running off the mound to cover first base and favored his left leg before he was was stretchered off the field.

Odorizzi owns a career 3.92 ERA and a 71-65 record in 226 career games (222 starts) with Kansas City (2012), Tampa Bay (2013-17), Minnesota (2018-20) and Houston.

Paredes, 26, posted a 3.00 ERA without a decision in three games for the Astros.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics
News

Astros place C Jason Castro (knee) on 10-day IL

July 1, 2022, 9:08 PM

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The Houston Astros placed catcher Jason Castro on the 10-day injured list Friday due to left knee discomfort.

Castro, 35, is batting just .115 with one homer and three RBIs in 34 games this season.

The team selected the contract of catcher Korey Lee from Triple-A Sugar Land ahead of Friday's series opener with the visiting Los Angeles Angels.

A first-round pick by Houston in 2019, Lee has not made his major league debut. The 23-year-old is hitting .226 with 10 home runs and 40 RBIs in 64 games at Sugar Land.

To make room for Lee on the 40-man roster, the Astros transferred left-hander Blake Taylor to the 60-day injured list due to left elbow discomfort.

Taylor, 26, has not pitched since June 3. He is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA in 19 relief appearances this season.

--Field Level Media