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8/4/2015 | Rangers return to .500 thanks to big fifth

Thanks to a three-run fifth inning, the Rangers clinched a series victory against the Astros with a 4-3 win on Tuesday.


8/4/2015 | Hinch sticking with hot hand at first base

Chris Carter is still getting the occasional assignment at first base, as well as some starts as DH, but A.J. Hinch has been going with the hot hand, which means a rotation of Carter, Luis Valbuena and Marwin Gonzalez.


8/4/2015 | Straily recalled as Astros option McCullers

The Astros added Dan Straily to their rotation on Tuesday afternoon, recalling the right-hander from Triple-A Fresno, as expected. The spot Straily filled previously belonged to righty Lance McCullers, who was optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi after Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Rangers. Straily is scheduled to pitch on three days' rest against Texas' Yovani Gallardo at Globe Life Park on Tuesday night at 7:05 CT.


8/4/2015 | Gallardo out to get back on track vs. Straily, Astros

Yovani Gallardo will attempt to get back on track on Tuesday against the Astros at Globe Life Park. Dan Straily will be called up to make the start in place of Mike Fiers, who threw in relief on Monday.


8/4/2015 | Astros' catchers catching fire at the plate

Astros catchers continued their torrid pace in Monday's 12-9 loss to the Rangers. Jason Castro went 2-for-4 and clubbed his third career grand slam, extending his hitting streak to seven games.


8/4/2015 | Early debut for Fiers after McCullers falters

Mike Fiers' debut with the Astros came a day earlier than planned. Fiers, acquired in a trade with the Brewers last week, was pressed into action in the Astros' 12-9 loss to the Rangers on Monday after Lance McCullers didn't make it out of the first inning.


8/3/2015 | Rangers ride Beltre's cycle to victory

Led by Adrian Beltre's record-tying cycle, the Rangers opened a three-game series with the Astros by outslugging them, 12-9, on Monday night. The Rangers have won five of their last six games.


8/3/2015 | Kazmir named AL Pitcher of the Month

Astros starter Scott Kazmir has been named the American League Pitcher of the Month after going 2-0 with a 0.26 ERA in five July starts.


8/2/2015 | Former waiver pickup McHugh keeps winning

Collin McHugh came to the Astros off waivers with a career record of 0-8 and two consecutive seasons with an ERA above 7.00. How he's transformed himself into a pitcher who's tied for the American League lead in wins with 13 after Sunday's 4-1 rubber-game victory over the D-backs is hard for even McHugh to answer.


8/2/2015 | Gomez loving 'Club Astros' environment

Walking in to any new environment is daunting. For the uninitiated, walking into the Astros' clubhouse after a win, though, it can get a bit more cumbersome. "I'm fine anywhere, but I love here," said Carlos Gomez as the fog thinned. "Those guys make me feel sexy."


8/2/2015 | Astros, Rangers resume rivalry in Arlington

Up-and-coming Astros rookie Lance McCullers duels with established Rangers veteran Colby Lewis on Monday night when the clubs begin a three-game series at Globe Life Park.


8/2/2015 | Fiers fired up to make Astros debut

Though the newest Astros pitcher comes to the clubhouse sporting a full beard, lockermate Dallas Keuchel shouldn't worry. "I grew it out for a while about a month ago," new Astros pitcher Mike Fiers said Sunday. "I think I just got lazy at the time and I just let it go. I'll try to keep it somewhat tame here. I don't think it'll get as wild as Keuchel, even though he keeps it pretty groomed."


8/2/2015 | Keuchel improves to 10-0 at home

A 44-pitch second inning aside, Dallas Keuchel remained perfect at home during the Astros' 9-2 win against the D-backs on Saturday. Keuchel's scoreless streak at Minute Maid Park came to an end in that frame at 15 1/3 innings and he uncharacteristically issued three walks, due he said to a little extra movement on his two-seam fastball.


8/2/2015 | Catching duo packing plenty of punch

To get a smile and a story out of Astros manager A.J. Hinch, mention one of two things -- Stanford or catchers. The Cardinal alum and seven-year Major League backstop is partial to the position, even joking in the dugout during Saturday's 9-2 win over Arizona that a solid chunk of Houston's offensive power squats behind the plate.


8/2/2015 | Correa continues ascent with first 2-HR effort

As Astros manager A.J. Hinch put it after Saturday's 9-2 win over the D-backs, it takes a man to go opposite field. Carlos Correa is a man.


8/1/2015 | Astros' McHugh, D-backs' Ray meet in finale

The D-backs and Astros wrap up a three-game Interleague series Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park with Arizona lefty Robbie Ray squaring off against Houston righty Collin McHugh in the rubber game.


8/1/2015 | Fiers set for Astros debut Tuesday

Though he still hadn't met Mike Fiers in person, Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced before Saturday's 9-2 win over the D-backs that Fiers -- acquired Thursday from the Brewers -- will start Tuesday against the Rangers in Arlington. Fiers will be activated Sunday, and Hinch announced after Saturday's game that Vincent Velasquez will be optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi in a corresponding roster move.


8/1/2015 | Duquette: Three biggest Deadline winners

While the actual Deadline day didn't feature many high-profile moves, the last week has been filled with them. Now that the dust has settled, here are the three clubs that I think improved the most as a result of Trade Deadline deals.


8/1/2015 | Gonzalez's mistake denies Castro a chance

Astros first baseman Marwin Gonzalez wasn't trying to make up for what was nearly a disastrous baserunning gaffe only moments earlier, when he didn't run hard out of the box and reached first only after D-backs pitcher Daniel Hudson dropped the ball for an error to extend the inning.


8/1/2015 | Gomez puts tough Astros debut behind him

Though his Astros debut didn't go as planned, Carlos Gomez remained upbeat and smiling in the clubhouse following Friday night's 6-4, 10-inning defeat against the D-backs, even taking the blame for the loss, which snapped Houston's seven-game home winning streak.