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7/29/2014 | Springer takes BP as rookie nears return from DL

Rookie outfielder George Springer, who hasn't played since July 19 because of a left quad strain, took batting practice on the field Tuesday for the first time since he was injured.

7/29/2014 | Astros starters bracing for possible trades

Since the Astros made it known on Monday they were willing to trade one of their starting pitchers, the team has seen an increase in the number of phone calls from teams interested in starters Scott Feldman, Collin McHugh, Dallas Keuchel, Jarred Cosart and Brett Oberholtzer. The club is also dangling Brad Peacock, who's pitching in Triple-A.

7/29/2014 | Albers to get back on mound Friday

Astros relief pitcher Matt Albers hopes to take a step forward in his long recovery from should tendinitis by throwing off a mound on Friday. Albers has been on the disabled list since April 22.

7/29/2014 | Astros can't hold lead in ninth in loss to A's

The Astros were an out away from locking down a series win over the team boasting baseball's best record, but the bullpen could not put away an A's club that came roaring from behind in the ninth. The result was a 7-4 defeat to Oakland that marked Houston's sixth loss in seven games.

7/29/2014 | Keuchel looks to build on solid start in series finale

Dallas Kuechel looks to build on a solid start his last time out when he takes on the A's on Wednesday. Jason Hammel goes for his first victory with Oakland in his fourth start.

7/29/2014 | Samardzija eyes another gem against Astros

Jeff Samardzija and Scott Feldman, who squared off in a 13-1 A's rout in Oakland on Thursday, will meet again on Tuesday in Houston, where the Astros will seek a second straight win over the division leaders.

7/28/2014 | Astros belt four homers to top first-place A's

Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez each homered behind a solid start from Brett Oberholtzer as the Astros overpowered the first-place A's at Minute Maid Park on Monday night.

7/28/2014 | Porter loses challenge on Krauss' foul ball

Astros manager Bo Porter lost a challenge in the second inning on Monday against the A's when he argued a ball hit down the first-base line by Marc Krauss should have been called fair.

7/28/2014 | Astros' rotation depth offers trade options

In effort to land a bat to add to their struggling offense, the Astros are willing to trade one of their starting pitchers, as they currently have six arms capable of filling a rotation role.

7/28/2014 | Astros interested in Cuban OF Castillo

The Astros may schedule a one-on-one workout with Cuban outfield prospect Rusney Castillo, general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday. The club had multiple scouts watch Castillo's tryout in front of Major League scouts and executives on Saturday in Miami, and Luhnow said the club has an interest in signing him.

7/28/2014 | Singleton working to shorten his swing

Astros first baseman Jon Singleton, hitting .178 since his callup, and outfielder L.J. Hoes did some extensive work in the batting cage on the field Monday with hitting coach John Mallee.

7/28/2014 | Castro: 'No ill will' among Astros toward Appel

Astros relief pitcher Chad Qualls and catcher Jason Castro, two of the club's leading veterans, both said on Monday that they weren't aware of any players on the team who had any issues with former No. 1 Draft pick Mark Appel coming to Minute Maid Park on Sunday to throw in the bullpen.

7/27/2014 | This Deadline will be a lot quieter in Houston

The days leading up to the non-waiver Trade Deadline the previous four years have been a whirlwind for Astros fans, who saw the team begin its ambitious rebuilding plan by trading away franchise stalwarts Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt in 2010. As Thursday's Deadline approaches, the Astros will be less active than they've been in recent years.

7/27/2014 | Correa, Appel headline Astros' updated Top 20 list

With the passing of the Draft signing deadline, teams have had a recent influx of talent into their farm systems, and with that, has updated the Top 20 Prospects lists of all 30 teams.

7/27/2014 | Astros' Oberholtzer eyes encore vs. A's, Chavez

After struggling in his first seven starts, Brett Oberholtzer was sent down to Triple-A. In his last six starts -- which have come while vacillating between Houston and Oklahoma City -- he's 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA. Oberholtzer tossed seven strong innings vs. the A's on Tuesday, and Astros manager Bo Porter opted to keep the young lefty in his rotation. On Monday, Oberholtzer will get another crack at Oakland, which will go with Jesse Chavez, who flirted with a no-no vs. Houston on Wednesday.

7/27/2014 | Astros unable to rally after McHugh dinged early

With two of their best weapons -- outfielders Dexter Fowler and George Springer -- on the disabled list, the Astros' offense's struggles aren't surprising. So when starting pitcher Collin McHugh gave up three runs in the first inning Sunday, any margin for error was gone. The first-inning outburst was more than enough for the Marlins, who cruised to a 4-2 victory at Minute Maid Park.

7/27/2014 | Altuve's leadoff homer confirmed on review

All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve led off Sunday's game for the Astros with his fourth home run of the season, one that was confirmed after a replay review.

7/27/2014 | Astros feel time is right for Appel to hit Double-A

Before he headed down the coast to Corpus Christi to join the Double-A Hooks, former No. 1 overall Draft pick Mark Appel stopped by Minute Maid Park early Sunday and did some work in the bullpen.

7/27/2014 | Zeid hopes ailing feet don't require surgery

Astros relief pitcher Josh Zeid, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday night with left foot bilateral sesamoiditis, said Sunday he hopes to be able to pitch again this season and avoid surgery.

7/27/2014 | Former No. 1 overall pick Appel moving on up

While the timetable remains unclear, Astros prospect Mark Appel will move to Double-A Corpus Christi. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft has struggled through his season at Class A Lancaster, but his most recent start was a positive sign for the 23-year-old right-handed pitcher.

7/26/2014 | Astros send Zeid to DL, Peacock to Triple-A

After Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Marlins, manager Bo Porter announced a set of roster moves to set the Astros up for their upcoming series with the A's.

7/26/2014 | Turner seeks to cement rotation spot, Marlins' sweep

The Marlins, who have won six of their last seven games, will lean on Jacob Turner on Sunday against the Astros to see if they can close out their fourth three-game series sweep of the season.

7/26/2014 | Cosart, Astros don't get the bounces against Marlins

It was the kind of night when a line drive that was sure to be an RBI single instead hit the pitcher's back and floated into the shortstop's glove. Even when things went right for the Astros, they ended poorly in their 7-3 loss to the Marlins on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

7/26/2014 | McHugh to come off DL, start vs. Fish on Sunday

It looks good and feels good for Collin McHugh, so there was no reason to wait any longer. Astros manager Bo Porter announced Saturday that McHugh will come off the 15-day disabled list to start against the Marlins on Sunday. The fingernail on the middle finger of his right throwing hand pulled away from the skin and caused McHugh to go to the DL.

7/26/2014 | Marwin returns, will be careful with hamstring

One day after expressing his concern for playing through a sore hamstring, shortstop Marwin Gonzalez was back in the Astros' lineup Saturday.

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