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Mets in playoff position thanks to two surprise contributors
ATLANTA — Now the Mets are the hunted. One more break went in the Mets’ direction Thursday — an off day for manager Terry Collins’ crew — when the Cardinals lost 12-5 to the Brewers. With that development, the Mets moved a half-game ahead of the Cardinals in the race for the NL’s second wild...
322 points by New York Post | Atlanta Braves National League Major League Baseball Florida Marlins Houston Astros San Francisco Giants National League East Super Bowl XV
2005 World Series trip culmination of Astros' Killer B's era
From 1998 through 2005, the Killer B's in their various incarnations were the heart and soul of the Astros' most successful period - four National League Central titles, two NL wild cards and the franchise's lone World Series appearance. [...] like Biggio, he never played for any other major league team, finishing his 15-year career as the Astros' all-time leader in home runs (449) and RBIs (1,529). [...] baseman Sean Berry was another integral member of the group from 1996 to 1998. A new B emerged in July 1999 when the Astros called up Lance Berkman, who had been their top draft pick in 1997 out of Rice, where in his final season he hit the astounding collegiate total of 41 home runs. Berkman garnered only 93 at-bats in his first Astros season, but with Bell dealt away in a December 1999 trade to the New York Mets, Berkman batted .297 with 21 home runs and a .949 OPS in 2000 and finished sixth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. The Astros secured the wild card on the season's final day, and a 3-2 NLDS win over the Braves marked the first postseason series victory in franchise history. [...] in 2005, the Killer B's era culminated in the Astros' first World Series appearance. The White Sox won the first two games in Chicago, following a 5-3 victory in Game 1 with a dramatic 7-6 triumph that ended on a ninth-inning walkoff home run by Scott Podsednik, who had no homers in the regular season. A bad shoulder had limited Bagwell to 39 regular-season games, and that final game of the World Series would mark the last time he, Biggio and Berkman played together.
47 points by The Houston Chronicle | Houston Astros Major League Baseball World Series Boston Red Sox National League Atlanta Braves San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals
Astros passed on Kris Bryant in draft, but future looks bright
Despite passing on Kris Bryant with the first pick in the 2013 draft, the Astros aren't exactly lacking talented young players. The Cubs visit Houston this weekend in a matchup that one national publication forecast as a 2016 World Series preview back in the spring. A slow start and a failure to...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | National League Major League Baseball World Series Chicago Cubs Houston Astros Boston Red Sox San Francisco Giants Baseball
Astros' Hinch ejected after 2 runs score on wild pitch
CLEVELAND — Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch was ejected after the Cleveland Indians scored two runs on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the third inning and took a 4-1 lead.Lonnie Chisenhall attempted to check his swing on a pitch in the dirt from David Paulino on Thursday. The ball bounced away from catcher Jason Castro and rolled toward the on-deck circle near the Indians dugout.Play was allowed to contiue, although replays showed Chisnehall fouled off the pitch. All three runners — Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli and Jose Ramirez — crossed the plate.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Baseball Houston Astros Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball Baseball terminology Cy Young Award Craig Biggio Pitcher
Braves set first game in SunTrust Park: exhibition vs. Yankees

54 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Major League Baseball Boston Red Sox New York Yankees Fenway Park Yankee Stadium New York City Houston Astros Chicago White Sox
Kluber loses for first time since July, Astros down Indians
Kluber (15-9) had won his previous seven decisions.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Cy Young Award Baseball statistics Pitcher Houston Astros Cleveland Indians Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox Atlanta Braves
Scenes throughout Progressive Field during today's Cleveland Indians game: Follow along on Facebook Live, Snapchat
Add cleveland.com on Facebook and Snapchat to see coverage of everything that goes into staging an Indians game. Scenes throughout Progressive Field during a Cleveland Indians game: Follow along Thursday on Facebook Live, Snapchat CLEVELAND, Ohio - Have you ever wondered what goes into staging a Cleveland Indians game - from the all the delicious concessions to the visiting clubhouse crew to merchandising, and more? Follow cleveland.com on Facebook and Snapchat today to see how it all comes together before and during the Indians' day game against the Houston Astros. Cleveland.com will have several reporters stationed all over Progressive Field and social media coordinators Maura Zurick and Hayden Grove will show you all the stations on Facebook Live and Snapchat. Here's how you can follow along: Follow cleveland.com on Facebook here. Add cleveland.com on Snapchat. Our username is clevelanddotcom Tune in to see all the behind-the-scenes work, including preparing food to collecting tickets and getting the gift shops ready. We'll also be spending time with the visiting clubhouse crew, vendors and our favorite drummer, John Adams. First pitch is at 12:10 p.m. but the coverage will begin a couple of hours before the game on Facebook and Snapchat.
23 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball Houston Astros Progressive Field Chicago Cubs World Series Boston Red Sox Cincinnati Reds
Texas authorities seize $1.5 million worth of cocaine after routine traffic stop
Texas Department of Public Safety officers seized $1.5 million worth of cocaine on Friday. 
53 points by The Houston Chronicle | Texas Houston Greater Houston Harris County Texas Houston Astros Bellaire Texas Houston Texans Traffic stop
Cleveland Indians halt Houston Astros' win streak with 6-5 victory
By Jim Ingraham, The Sports Xchange CLEVELAND -- It certainly didn't come easy.
3 points by UPI | Cleveland Indians Baseball Baseball statistics Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball Home run Chicago Cubs Houston Astros
Angels infielder Luis Valbuena out 4 to 6 weeks because of strained hamstring
The Angels’ depth suffered a blow Thursday, when an MRI exam revealed a significant strain within infielder Luis Valbuena’s right hamstring. He’ll require four to six weeks of rest before returning to game action, the team announced. The Angels said the strain was diagnosed between grades 1 and...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | First baseman Major League Baseball Baseball statistics Houston Astros Baseball positions Cleveland Indians Mike Scioscia Spring training
Breitbart editor to speak at conservative conference
Controversial Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos will be the keynote speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference, according to a report. Yiannopoulos, 32, will share the stage next week with Veep Mike Pence; White House chief strategist Steve Bannon; White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
58 points by New York Post | American film actors American television actors President of the United States Bill Clinton Houston Astros 111th United States Congress
Cubs' Jason Heyward unaware of popularity of World Series speech
Jason Heyward's speech during the Game 7, 10th-inning rain delay was so popular that Lego included it as part of its version of the 2016 World Series. But the Cubs' right field was unaware of the Lego version as well as the popularity of his speech. “Surprised?" Heyward said Saturday morning. "I...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball Chicago Cubs National League Cleveland Indians Houston Astros
Cincinnati Reds sign OF Ryan Raburn
Alex ButlerFeb. 18 (UPI) -- Right-handed outfielder Ryan Raburn hit just .220 last season, but the 35-year-old still earned an invitation to spring training.
1 points by UPI | Major League Baseball Cincinnati Reds Cleveland Indians Baseball National League 2007 Major League Baseball season Houston Astros Baseball positions
Drellich: Commissioner Rob Manfred keeps open mind on rule changes
LAKELAND, Fla. — The idea of starting extra innings with a runner on second base in a major league game is repulsive.Good thing the Gulf Coast League, one of the two Rookie leagues where that rule is to be implemented, is the lowest rung of the minor leagues.Commissioner Rob Manfred yesterday said he thinks of rule changes in three categories: those intended to speed up the game by eliminating dead time; those to promote action in the game itself, like an altered strike zone that may be on its way; and those with a more tailored purpose.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Major League Baseball Baseball St. Louis Cardinals Boston Red Sox Minor league baseball National League Houston Astros World Series
Atlanta Braves near deal to land Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips
The Sports Xchange The Atlanta Braves are close to landing three-time All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips from the Cincinnati Reds, Fox Sports reported Saturday night.
5 points by UPI | Major League Baseball Cincinnati Reds Chicago Cubs Atlanta Braves Boston Red Sox Houston Astros World Series New York Mets
After pitching 29 games for Cubs, Adam Warren watched World Series from afar
Adam Warren pitched in 29 games for the Chicago Cubs to help the team win the NL Central but could only look from afar when his former teammates won the franchise's first World Series title since 1908. The 29-year-old right-hander was traded July 25 to the New York Yankees along with three minor...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Major League Baseball San Francisco Giants Chicago Cubs St. Louis Cardinals Chicago White Sox Houston Astros National League World Series
For Astros, 22 & 13 = 10 in a row
On and on it went, two baseball managers in a chess match, running out of pawns. By the time the Astros' Rafael Ramirez delivered his fifth extra-inning game-winning hit of the season - off a pitcher who had started the game at third base and off the glove of a pitcher who was playing first base - not more than 5,000 of the paying crowd of 34,425 were still at the Astrodome. [...] as Bill Doran crossed the plate with the first run in 16 innings, the bleary-eyed spectators stood and cheered wildly for a team that had stretched its winning streak to nine games with this stretched-out victory. Howe used seven pitchers Saturday, not counting Jim Deshaies, his No. 2 starter who pinch hit (striking out) for Dave Smith in the 17th inning. The only eligible Dodger whom Lasorda did not call on was Tim Belcher, the starting pitcher in Sunday's series finale. Hershiser, the Cy Young Award winner last season as the league's best pitcher, struck out eight in seven scoreless innings and retired the last 13 batters he faced. [...] Howe was happy to see Hershiser gone. [...] he was radar-clocked at as fast as 92 mph. In the 22nd inning, Hamilton gave up a single to Doran but got cleanup hitter Davis on a grounder and struck out Ken Caminiti swinging. Doran, who had reached second on Davis' grounder, had a big jump and arrived at home plate a step ahead of the throw from right fielder Mike Davis. In the sixth inning, the Astros had tied 4-4, rallying from a three-run deficit left by starting pitcher Bob Knepper. The Dodgers threatened in the eighth, with runners on first and third and one out, but the Astros' Davis dived toward the bag to spear a liner by Scioscia and turn an unassisted double play.
18 points by The Houston Chronicle | Houston Astros Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball National League San Francisco Giants Orel Hershiser Cy Young Award 1988 World Series
Yankees shift focus to pair of familiar faces on DH market
Brian Cashman’s “Open to anything that improves the team’’ mantra broadened Thursday night, when Brian McCann was dealt to the Astros for two neophyte pitching prospects. Until then, other team officials and agents were informed by the Yankees general manager he needed to see if McCann, who had $34 million and two years remaining, could...
70 points by New York Post | Major League Baseball New York Yankees Toronto Blue Jays Houston Astros Kansas City Royals Brian Cashman Carlos Beltrán New York Mets
Breaking down the two Yankees prospects in Brian McCann trade
Add their ages together and they don’t reach Bartolo Colon’s. Which means right-handers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman won’t be in position to help the Yankees at the major league level for a while, if ever. Abreu, 21, and Guzman, 20, were acquired from the Astros for Brian McCann and money Thursday. Abreu pitched for...
95 points by New York Post | Minor league baseball New York Yankees Houston Astros New York Mets Major League Baseball Atlanta Braves St. Louis Cardinals Baseball
Meet the two pitching prospects the Yankees got for Brian McCann
The Yankees’ youth movement took its next step on Thursday after the team traded catcher Brian McCann to the Astros.
308 points by Daily News | Houston Astros Baseball Lancaster JetHawks Pitcher Minor league baseball Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals New York Yankees
Brian McCann’s exit allows Yankees to explore DH options
CHICAGO — To steal teammate Larry Brooks’ schtick, regarding the Yankees’ trade of Brian McCann to the Astros for two young pitchers: 1. You knew this was inevitable when, last week at the General Managers’ Meetings, Brian Cashman walked us through everything he had done to prepare for this: He had spoken with McCann’s agent,...
44 points by New York Post | New York Yankees Major League Baseball Designated hitter Baseball Joe Girardi National League Houston Astros Carlos Beltrán
Yankees deal Brian McCann to Astros for two pitching prospects
Brian McCann’s time as a Yankee is done.
393 points by Daily News | New York Yankees National League Houston Astros World Series 2008 Major League Baseball season Atlanta Braves
GOP senator to propose bill criminalizing "illegal protests"
Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale said in a news release his bill would create a new crime of "economic terrorism" and would allow felony prosecution of people involved in protests that block transportation and commerce, damage property, threaten jobs and put public safety at risk, he said. Since Trump won the election last week, thousands of people have taken to the streets nationwide to condemn his comments about muslims, people in the country illegally and crude references to women. Let's keep in mind that civil rights protesters who sat down at lunch counters could be seen as disrupting business ''and obstructing economic activity, and their courageous actions were opposed by segregationists as trying to coerce business and government, Honig said.
435 points by The Houston Chronicle | Texas Houston Nicolas Cage Restaurant Southwest Conference Cooking Houston Astros Houston Dynamo
Cubs and Reds to faceoff during Big League Weekend at Cashman Field
Before the World Series champion Chicago Cubs wrap up their Spring Training schedule and begin their title defense, they’ll make their annual stop at Cashman Field next spring.
22 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Major League Baseball Baltimore Orioles National League Cleveland Indians Cincinnati Reds Atlanta Braves San Francisco Giants Houston Astros
Lester wins 18th, Rizzo drives in 104th as Cubs top Reds 6-1
CHICAGO — Joey Votto's hard-hit comebacker struck Jon Lester and ricocheted toward first as the left-hander doubled over.Joe Maddon rushed to the mound, uncertain where the ball had hit his star pitcher. But Lester got up and wanted nothing of the visit, brushing off his manager just as he waved off curious reporters after the game."It's my right hand," Lester said. "I don't need it."
-1 points by Boston Herald | Baseball Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball National League Cincinnati Reds San Francisco Giants Boston Red Sox Houston Astros
School lunch worker quits after being forced to refuse hot meal to poor student
Stacy Koltiska said that she will never forget the look in the little boy's eyes. As an elementary school lunchroom staffer, her job was to work the register for the children when they paid for their meals.
4786 points by The Houston Chronicle | Texas Houston Houston Astros Houston Texans Policy
The University of Houston celebrates 77th anniversary of classes starting on main campus
Since 1939, UH has opened it's doors to educate and inspire Houston students and to celebrate, the college shared a #TransformationTuesday post on Facebook.
40 points by The Houston Chronicle | Texas Houston Southwest Conference University of Houston Houston Astros Houston Texans University of Houston System Houston Heights
'Tell Me A Story:' Cubs players and announcers share their 2016 moments
Welcome, RosenBlog Nation (Yes, welcome to both of you). Welcome to something different today. Welcome to the unveiling of a RosenVideo collection called “Tell Me A Story.’’ I love stories and I think sports fans do, too. Stories often become the cement that holds in place the bricks of accomplishments....
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Cubs Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball Chicago White Sox Houston Astros Babe Ruth Jon Lester Baseball
No-hit bids are fun but come with their own set of risks
When Dave Roberts pulled Rich Hill from a potential perfect game Saturday, it underscored the fact that a no-hitter is no easy spot for a manager         
-1 points by Arizona Republic | New York Yankees Joe Girardi San Francisco Giants National League Major League Baseball Los Angeles Dodgers St. Louis Cardinals Houston Astros
Series preview: Cubs at Cardinals
All games on WSCR-AM 670. Season series: Cardinals 7-6. Monday: 7:15 p.m., CSN. RH Kyle Hendricks (14-7, 2.07) vs. RH Mike Leake (9-9, 4.61). Tuesday: 7:15 p.m., ABC-7. RH Jason Hammel (14-8, 3.50) vs. LH Jaime Garcia (10-12, 4.58). Wednesday: 12:45 p.m., ABC-7. LH Jon Lester (16-4, 2.51) vs. RH...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | St. Louis Cardinals Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball Boston Red Sox Chicago White Sox Babe Ruth Houston Astros Earned run
Bregman homers as Astros top Cubs 2-1 with 2-hitter
HOUSTON — In a tight game against a first-place team, Collin McHugh didn't worry about giving the ball to the Houston Astros bullpen.McHugh combined with four relievers on a two-hitter, rookie Alex Bregman homered and the Astros beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 Saturday as they tried to gain ground in the AL wild-card race."They've all been lights out for about the last year-and-a-half, two years," McHugh said of his bullpen. "I feel as confident as anyone giving them the ball with the lead."
-1 points by Boston Herald | Baseball Chicago Cubs National League Houston Astros Major League Baseball Baseball statistics Arizona Diamondbacks 2008 Chicago Cubs season
Jake Arrieta 'more prepared' as Cubs near playoffs berth
Jake Arrieta takes the mound Sunday night with the luxury of not pitching in a critical situation. That's a position Arrieta likes as the Cubs try to clinch the National League Central title as soon as possible to line up their rotation for the playoffs. "The level of confidence isn't any different,"...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | National League Major League Baseball Houston Astros Chicago Cubs 2008 Chicago Cubs season National League Central Cincinnati Reds San Francisco Giants
Jon Lester leading Cubs' pitching surge
It might have been a turning point in Friday night's game, but it was a situation that Jon Lester has been accustomed to and bodes well for the Cubs' mission of winning the World Series. With the tying run at second base, Lester threw a called third strike past Colby Rasmus to end the seventh inning...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Cubs National League Baseball Houston Astros Boston Red Sox San Francisco Giants Baseball statistics Pitcher
Chicago Cubs shut down Houston Astros behind Jon Lester, Kris Bryant
By MoiseKapenda Bower, The Sports Xchange HOUSTON -- Jon Lester continued his exceptional second-half pitching while Kris Bryant supplied the offense in the Chicago Cubs' 2-0 victory.
13 points by UPI | Houston Astros Baseball Chicago Cubs United Press International San Francisco Giants Boston Red Sox Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball
Joe Maddon gives Cubs and Astros credit for nailing 1st-round picks
Manager Joe Maddon doesn't subscribe to the theory that the amateur draft is a crapshoot. "Everyone says, 'We'll have all these really high draft picks,'" Maddon said Friday night while assessing the rosters of the Cubs and Astros. "Well, you can't miss them. It's one thing to have them. The other...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Pacific Coast League Chicago Cubs National League Chicago White Sox Joe Maddon Houston Astros Lou Piniella
Joe Maddon isn't a fan of the designated hitter
Despite the freedom to employ another hitter, Cubs manager Joe Maddon reiterated he is no fan of American League rules that use the designated hitter. "I’m not into it," Maddon said before Friday's game against the Houston Astros. "We scored a lot of runs this year, even with a pitcher (in the...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | National League Major League Baseball Baseball Designated hitter World Series San Francisco Giants Boston Red Sox Houston Astros
Rahm bets on Bears, Cubs with Houston's mayor
Houston, we have a wager. The Bears and Cubs just so happen to play the Texans and Astros, respectively, this weekend in Houston, a coincidence not lost on Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who challenged Chicago counterpart Rahm Emanuel to put up more than bragging rights. "How about a friendly...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Major League Baseball Chicago Cubs Houston Astros San Francisco Giants National League Atlanta Braves Wrigley Field Baseball
Ex-Brave Olivera found guilty of assault, sentenced to jail

638 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Atlanta Braves Virginia Major League Baseball Atlanta National League Texas Rangers Houston Astros Cy Young Award
How Yankees’ deadline magic sets them up to keep dealing
Executives insist the best trades are those that succeed on both ends. The theory is that one-sided deals will make the losing side more skittish about finding common ground in the future. Because there are only 29 potential partners with which to do business for any team, closing avenues – or at least making those...
19 points by New York Post | Houston Astros Baseball Baseball statistics George Steinbrenner Relief pitcher New York Yankees Chicago Cubs 2008 Major League Baseball season