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Bregman homers, has 3 RBIs to lead Astros over Mariners 4-2

Jul. 29, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — After suffering their first series sweep of the season by Oakland, the Houston Astros were determined to get back on track against the Seattle Mariners. Alex Bregman's big night ensured that they did. Bregman hit a two-run homer early, and his...

Alvarez homers as Astros down Yankees 7-5 for DH sweep

Jul. 21, 2022 23:22 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros opened the second half of the season by sweeping the New York Yankees in a doubleheader Thursday to inch closer in the standings to the team with baseball's best record. Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman both homered and combined for five RBIs as...

Vogt, A's wrap up shaky first half by beating Astros

Jul. 17, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Vogt hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics wrapped up a shaky first half by beating the Houston Astros 4-3 on Sunday. Ramón Laureano homered for the A’s, who went into the All-Star break at 32-61, the worst record in the...

Alvarez makes big throw, hits 25th homer, Astros top Royals

Jul. 06, 2022 00:31 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Long established as a star at the plate, Yordan Alvarez has been showing flashes of brilliance on defense this season, too. Alvarez threw out Hunter Dozier at the plate from just short of the warning track in left field to preserve a two-run, eighth-inning lead, then...

Trout's slump worsens, Astros strike out 20 to sweep Angels

Jul. 03, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Mike Trout watched as a low sinker grazed the outside corner of the strike zone in the third inning Sunday, rung up once again in a weekend filled with strikeouts. Before trudging back to the dugout he made a face that seemed to scream: Yikes! The...

Verlander pitches Astros to 3-1 win, ends Yanks' home streak

Jun. 24, 2022 23:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander was amped up, throwing nine of his 20 fastest pitches this season. “Maybe it was the adrenaline,” he said. Looking as strong as ever in his return season from Tommy John surgery, Verlander pitched four-hit ball over seven innings...

Payday: Judge wins it for Yankees on eve of salary showdown

Jun. 24, 2022 03:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees have a hearing Friday to determine the three-time All-Star's salary for the 2022 season. Whatever gets decided, the verdict has already come down in the Bronx: Judge is going to be worth every penny. ...

Verlander strikes out 12 as Astros top Mariners 4-1

Jun. 08, 2022 01:01 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander struck out a season-high 12 in seven sparkling innings, Yordan Alvarez hit a two-run homer and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1 on Tuesday night. There was no trouble between the teams one night after beanballs led to a bench-clearing...

Álvarez's HR boosts Astros to 7-4 win vs Royals

Jun. 05, 2022 19:09 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yordan Álvarez hit his 16th home run of the season and Framber Valdez won his fifth straight start for the Houston Astros, who beat the Kansas City Royals 7-4 on Sunday. Álvarez led off the eighth inning with a 456-foot shot to right. It was one of three...

McCormick late HR, Astros bullpen crisp in 3-1 win over A's

Jun. 01, 2022 02:02 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chas McCormick hit a tiebreaking home run off Frankie Montas to begin the eighth inning and the Houston Astros got a scoreless effort from their bullpen, beating the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Tuesday night. The A’s have lost 12 of 17 to fall 12 games under...