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8/21/2014 | Tribe puts faith in surging Carrasco as Astros visit

Turning to an emerging arm in their rotation Friday to begin a three-game home series versus the Astros, the Indians continue their playoff push behind Carlos Carrasco, who will duel with a struggling Brad Peacock.

8/21/2014 | Keuchel goes distance, but Astros fall in shutout

Brandon McCarthy, who was beaten by Dallas Keuchel and the Astros on June 11 while he was with the D-backs, threw his ninth career complete game by spinning a four-hit shutout as the Yankees avoided the sweep with a 3-0 win at Yankee Stadium.

8/21/2014 | Qualls doesn't expect DL stint for stiff back

The Astros used Jose Veras to close out Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Yankees because Chad Qualls was dealing with a stiff lower back, and Qualls said Thursday he was likely going to need another day to get healthy.

8/21/2014 | Corporan nursing lingering thumb injury

Astros catcher Carlos Corporan has spent the last two months dealing with a swollen and bruised right thumb, which has been affecting him behind the plate and swinging the bat, especially from the left side of the plate.

8/21/2014 | Lone Star State has rich pitching heritage

There had been successful pitchers from Texas from baseball's earliest days, but right-hander Nolan Ryan from tiny Alvin became the archetype. Talented. Strong but silent. Rawhide tough. All traits backed up by 324 wins, 5,714 strikeouts, seven no-hitters and induction into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

8/21/2014 | Hungry Yankees can't afford to be swept by Astros

Residing five games back in the American League Wild Card race, the Yankees are facing a sweep at the hands of the Astros in Thursday's matinee finale in the Bronx. New York will start Brandon McCarthy against Houston's Dallas Keuchel.

8/20/2014 | Astros rally late to win season series vs. Yanks

The Astros batted around in the seventh inning on the strength of a leadoff walk and five consecutive singles after one out to rally for four runs and clinch the season series against the Yankees with a 5-2 win at Yankee Stadium.

8/20/2014 | Invited to game, high school pal proud of Porter

Astros manager Bo Porter grew up nearby on the rough-and-tumble streets of Newark, N.J., and was a three-sport athlete at Weequahic High School. Raised by a single mother, Porter -- unlike many of his high school teammates -- managed to avoid the crime and drug problems that derailed the sports careers of many of his friends.

8/20/2014 | Years later, missed opportunity haunts Listach

Derek Jeter still gives Astros third-base coach Pat Listach a hard time about it to this day. Take a close look at the 1996 Yankees team photo and you'll see Listach in the picture along with a fresh-faced Jeter and Andy Pettitte, Wade Boggs and Tino Martinez, among others. The Yankees won the World Series that year, but Listach doesn't have any fond memories or any ring.

8/20/2014 | Yanks trying to capitalize on schedule opportunity

Four back in the American League Wild Card race, the Yankees call on Michael Pineda, who will make his second start since returning from the disabled list. The Astros, who are embracing the spoiler role, will counter with Scott Feldman in the Bronx.

8/19/2014 | Carter's 30th homer unlocks Astros' win in ninth

Chris Carter has grown accustomed to being asked about his strikeouts since he came to the Astros at the beginning of last season, but this time, his final at-bat -- a game-winning, three-run homer in the ninth inning to beat the Yankees, 7-4 -- was the topic of the day.

8/19/2014 | Astros honored to share in Jeter's final season

This week's series against the Yankees marks the final time the Astros will see Derek Jeter, who will retire this season following 20 years with the Yankees. Considering the Astros are the youngest team in baseball, many of the players grew up watching Jeter in his heyday.

8/19/2014 | Crain 'grinding away' to contribute to Astros

Jesse Crain, who's been out all season after having biceps tendinitis surgery last October, joined the Astros briefly Tuesday at Yankee Stadium for a quick workout before flying back home to Houston.

8/19/2014 | Astros activate Guzman, place Downs on DL

The Astros activated infielder/outfielder Jesus Guzman from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and placed left-handed reliever Darin Downs on the DL with a right oblique strain. The Downs move is retroactive to Friday.

8/19/2014 | Carter a driving force at home and for Astros

Chris Carter has power, and we aren't just talking about 30 homers in 110 games. You can start with the 850-horsepower Shelby Mustang GT500 waiting for him back in Las Vegas.

8/19/2014 | Houston couple engages in 'Bucks' challenge

Jaime and his fiancee, Alison Morehead, were in the right place at the right time before a recent game at Minute Maid Park, and now they co-star in the latest episode of the hit game show "Bucks on the Pond" powered by Ford.

8/19/2014 | Right-hander Tropeano throws two-hit shutout

Right-hander Nick Tropeano, the Astros' No. 13 prospect, combined with two relievers to throw a two-hit shutout Monday, leading Triple-A Oklahoma City to a 7-0 victory at Sacramento. Tropeano struck out eight batters and walked none. He allowed both hits -- singles in the second and seventh innings -- and threw 109 pitches. Between the two hits, Tropeano retired 16 straight batters, six by strike out.

8/18/2014 | Improving Carter turning into a force

Chris Carter, the man who last year made a run at the Major League record for strikeouts (he struck out 212 times, third-most all-time), has turned around his season -- and maybe his career -- in a span of about six weeks with an impressive display of power that's made him the feared slugger the Astros had hoped.

8/17/2014 | Altuve's impressive campaign reaches new heights

Jose Altuve's remarkable season took center stage Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. Altuve, the Astros' 5-foot-6 second baseman and two-time All-Star, tied a career high with four hits (4-for-5), including his first grand slam that capped a six-run outburst in the second inning and sent the Astros on their way to an 8-1 win.

8/17/2014 | On overturned call, Astros benefit at Red Sox's expense

An overturned call via instant replay in the second inning Sunday paid huge dividends for the Astros, who instead of hitting into an inning-ending double play, saw Jose Altuve hit his first career grand slam moments later en route to an 8-1 win over the Red Sox.

8/17/2014 | Porter advises slumping Singleton to watch Ortiz hit

Astros manager Bo Porter is always looking for ways to drop knowledge on his younger players, especially those who have star potential. That's why he had a chat with struggling rookie first baseman Jon Singleton before Saturday's game, using fellow left-handed hitter David Ortiz as an example of understanding how to hit.

8/17/2014 | Astros honor former coach, scout MacKenzie

The Astros on Sunday paid tribute to longtime Minor League coach and scout Gordy MacKenzie, who passed away Tuesday at 77, by wearing high socks as MacKenzie liked to wear.

8/17/2014 | Luhnow hopes to see Albers, Crain in action

With six weeks remaining in the season, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said he'd like to see right-handed reliever Matt Albers pitch in a few games, considering the club has an option on him for the 2015 season.

8/17/2014 | Astros capitalize on review, eclipse '13 win total

Jose Altuve went 4-for-5 and cranked his first career grand slam home run to cap a six-run outburst in the second inning following a crucial replay overturn of an inning-ending double play, helping send the Astros to an 8-1 win over the Red Sox and a split of the series Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.

8/17/2014 | Yankees out to build momentum in Wild Card chase

The Yankees -- who are 3 1/2 games back in the American League Wild Card race -- open a six-game homestand Tuesday against the Astros hoping to build on some much-needed momentum. New York lefty Chris Capuano, who has a 3.60 ERA in four starts, opposes Houston southpaw Brett Oberholtzer, who's 4-2 with a 2.84 ERA since May 24.

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