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Astros' Verlander to make second and likely final rehab start Saturday for Double-A Corpus Christi

Apr. 12, 2024 19:01 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander is scheduled to make his second and likely final rehabilitation start for Double-A Corpus Christi on Saturday night. The three-time Cy Young Award winner opened the season on the injured list with inflammation in his right shoulder. ...

AP study: Nine MLB teams cut payroll this winter, and the average salary is up just 1.5%

Apr. 08, 2024 14:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — San Diego cut payroll by $96 million in the past year, the New York Mets by $50 million and the Los Angeles Angels by $49 million, among nine teams that slashed spending in a tepid free-agent market that sparked player unrest. The average salary increased 1.5% to...

Ronel Blanco has been a bright spot in a shaky start for the Houston Astros

Apr. 08, 2024 06:02 AM EDT

Ronel Blanco's brilliant start to the season is about the only thing going right for the Houston Astros. Blanco threw 2024's first no-hitter Monday night against Toronto, then made it to the sixth against Texas on Sunday before allowing a hit. The problem for the Astros is what's...

Verlander allows 6 earned runs, strikes out 6 in 1st rehab start for Houston's Triple-A team

Apr. 07, 2024 21:30 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Justin Verlander allowed six earned runs and struck out six in pitching into the fourth inning of his first injury rehabilitation start Sunday for the Houston Astros' Triple-A Sugar Land Space Cowboys. The 41-year-old right-hander, a three-time Cy Young...

Houston ace Verlander to make minor league rehab start Sunday

Apr. 03, 2024 21:16 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander is scheduled to make his first rehabilitation start at Triple-A Sugar Land Sunday. The 41-year-old Verlander, who opened the season on the injured list with inflammation in his right shoulder, will throw a bullpen session Thursday in...

Houston's Blanco throws the first no-hitter in the majors this season in a 10-0 win over Toronto

Apr. 01, 2024 23:57 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Ronel Blanco put a bow on a remarkable week. In a span of seven days, the Houston right-hander welcomed a new daughter, made his first opening day roster — and then threw the first no-hitter in the major leagues this season. Blanco struck out seven...

Mets owner Steve Cohen says he'll be disappointed if team misses playoffs

Mar. 29, 2024 20:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Expectations are lower for the New York Mets entering this season. But owner Steve Cohen still has a specific achievement in mind. “I think the goal is to make the playoffs. Pretty simple. Let’s not overthink this,” Cohen said Friday. “If we don’t make the...

American League West Preview Capsules

Mar. 14, 2024 10:08 AM EDT

Capsules of American League West teams, listed in order of finish last year: ___ HOUSTON ASTROS 2023: 90-72, first place, lost to Texas in AL Championship Series. Manager: Joe Espada (first season). Opening Day: March 28...

50 years later, Tommy John surgery remains a game-changer

Mar. 13, 2024 14:09 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — There is a bridge that runs from Tommy John and Dr. Frank Jobe in 1974, all the way to Shohei Ohtani, Justin Verlander and Bryce Harper. A thread that connects an increasing number of baseball's biggest stars. Mostly on the mound, but at the plate, too. An...

Mets closer Edwin Díaz is set for spring debut after freak WBC injury a year ago

Mar. 10, 2024 17:27 PM EDT

New York Mets closer Edwin Díaz is set to appear in a game for the first time since tearing a patellar tendon during the 2023 World Baseball Classic. The two-time All-Star is expected to be the first reliever after starter Tylor Megill, and the right-hander will have a 20-pitch...