May 14, 2012
At Citizens Bank Park. Monday at 7:05 p.m. Houston RHP Lucas Harrell (2-2, 4.58 ERA) vs. RHP Joe Blanton (3.24) Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. Houston (TBA) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (0-1, 2.17)
September 15, 1998 |
The Houston Astros clinched their second straight National League Central championship last night despite losing, 7-4, in 13 innings to the visiting New York Mets. The Astros' title was ensured when second-place Chicago lost to San Diego, 4-3. The Cubs' defeat dropped them into a tie with the Mets for the wild-card lead. "This is not the way we wanted to clinch but after the last two games, we'll take it any way we can get it," Astros second baseman Craig Biggio said. "It's been very exciting for us. Now we have the title early and still some games to play.
July 14, 1988 |
Things have come to a pretty pass when Mike Scott is being cited as one of the reasons why the Astros will have trouble winning the National League West. Scott, who is supposed to come off the disabled list in time to start for Houston tonight at Veterans Stadium, is 8-2 with a 2.96 ERA. But when people talk about the Astros and the West pennant race, they look at Scott, who is 33, and Nolan Ryan, who is 41, and they see problems. Scott strained his left hamstring June 16 against the Reds, tried to pitch again on June 21, again vs. the Reds, but left that game after 2/3 of an inning.
May 4, 2006 |
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Astros started negotiations with Roger Clemens at no less than a prorated amount of the $18 million salary that the seven-time Cy Young Award winner earned last year. "We put forth a very strong number," Astros general manager Tim Purpura told the newspaper. Clemens, 43, hasn't decided whether he wants to return for a 23d season, although he pitched for the United States in the World Baseball Classic in March. The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Astros have expressed interest.
May 16, 1994 |
Colorado Rockies manager Don Baylor might not think much about his second- year club's dominance of Houston, but the Astros are thinking about it more and more. After yesterday's 4-0 loss to the Rockies in the Astrodome, the Astros are 3-13 against Colorado in two seasons. It was just the third shutout in the Rockies' two-year history. "The first time I thought about it was in the seventh or eighth inning today," Baylor said. "Right now, it's not a factor. It might be over there on the other side, though.
May 10, 1995 |
The Houston Astros had 16 hits and 13 RBI, a two-run homer and tied a National League record with four sacrifice flies. Yet they couldn't stop talking about . . . their pitching? Shane Reynolds ran his scoreless streak against Pittsburgh to 22 innings before tiring, and the visiting Astros survived a five-run seventh inning to beat the Pirates, 13-6, last night. Luis Gonzalez homered, doubled and drove in three runs as the Astros won their seventh in nine games. The Pirates are 1-6 at home and have lost five of six overall.
September 15, 2003 |
The Houston Astros just about ended the playoff chances of the St. Louis Cardinals. Tim Redding (9-14) combined with three relievers on a three-hitter and Craig Biggio drove in three runs as the Astros beat the visiting Cardinals yesterday, 4-1, to complete a three-game sweep. Houston boosted its lead to two games over the Chicago Cubs and dropped the third-place Cardinals 5 1/2 games back with 2 weeks left in the regular season. The Astros and Cardinals play three more times in St. Louis next weekend.
November 8, 1988 |
The Houston Astros hired Art Howe and the Seattle Mariners named Jim Lefebvre as both teams filled their managerial vacancies. Howe, 41, who played seven seasons for Houston, was given a two-year contract. A coach for the past four seasons with the Texas Rangers, Howe replaces Hal Lanier, who was fired at the end of last season. Howe's only managing experience was four years in Puerto Rico. Astros general manager Bill Wood cited Howe's player communication skills, for which Lanier often was criticized.
April 2, 2003 |
Jeff Kent hit a home run in his first at-bat for Houston and Jeff Bagwell homered twice as the Astros won their season opener last night, 10-4 over the visiting Colorado Rockies. Roy Oswalt pitched seven strong innings for the win and the Astros roughed up NL Rookie of the Year Jason Jennings in their first home opener since their stadium was renamed Minute Maid Park. Kent, the 2000 NL MVP, helped lead San Francisco to the World Series last year. He signed an $18.2 million, 2-year contract with the Astros in the offseason, joining Bagwell and Lance Berkman in the middle of a powerful lineup.
May 8, 1990 |
The Houston Astros, in the words of songwriter/singer Paul Simon, are slowly slip-sliding away. They come into tonight's game with the visiting Phillies sporting an 11-15 record, and a three-game losing streak, which translates into fourth place in the National League West. And they won't get much higher - and might, in fact, sink lower - if things keep going the way they have been. Take their four-game series with the Mets, which they capped with a 7-1 loss last night.