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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)
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September 15, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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July 14, 1988 | By LES BOWEN, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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May 4, 2006 | Inquirer wire services
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.
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May 16, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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May 10, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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September 15, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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November 8, 1988 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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April 2, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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May 8, 1990 | By Tom Mahon, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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April 23, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jarred Cosart was in line to start a game at Citizens Bank Park last August. But five days before his Astros visited the Phillies, he was traded again, this time to Miami. Seven seasons after the Phillies drafted him in the 38th round and offered him a $550,000 signing bonus to forgo his commitment to Missouri, Cosart will finally start Wednesday in the ballpark he once visited as a newly signed prospect. The 24-year-old righthander will oppose Cole Hamels. "It will be fun," said Cosart, a key part of the 2011 trade that brought Hunter Pence to Philadelphia.
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March 6, 2015
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - For nine innings yesterday, Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro Jr. watched their nightmare from the front row. It was 4 1/2 years ago that the Astros officially began a full-scale rebuild by trading away Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman at the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. Over the next few seasons, Houston methodically replenished its stock of young talent with a series of well-reviewed trades and top-10 draft picks. Yet, as Gillick and Amaro sat behind the screen at Osceola County Stadium for the Phillies' Grapefruit League game against the Astros, they watched a team that still has little idea whether it will ever be any good.
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November 19, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The buzzer rang Monday on Comcast Corp.'s costly bid to televise Astros baseball and Rockets basketball games in the Houston area. A partnership of DirecTV and AT&T Inc. took possession of CSN Houston's studios near the Toyota Center and laid off 75 of the 141 employees of the bankrupt, Comcast-controlled regional sports network. The legal and financial tussle over the Rockets and Astros games has been watched nationally as evidence of a limit to how much regional sports networks can charge pay-TV distributors.
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August 26, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
IN THE SPAN of exactly a month, Jerome Williams was released from one losing team and designated for assignment by another, so not much was expected when the Phillies claimed the righthander off waivers 2 weeks ago yesterday. But ever since joining the club, Williams has showcased stuff that could certainly find a home in the back end of Philadelphia's 2015 rotation. Williams, a jovial 32-year-old journeyman from Hawaii, threw eight innings of one-run baseball yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park to help the last-place Phillies (58-72)
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August 9, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some Phillies congregated around Roberto Hernandez's locker at Citizens Bank Park and smiled Thursday afternoon. Jonathan Papelbon hugged the burly righthander and wished him good luck with the Dodgers, his new team. Backup catcher Wil Nieves, who translated Hernandez's answers to reporters, joked, "He said he's going to miss Wil Nieves a lot. " His teammates were thrilled to see one of their own escape the final seven weeks of misery in Philadelphia. Hernandez was traded to Los Angeles, which needed a rotation boost, at lunchtime Thursday for two players to be named.
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August 8, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Buchanan's first career hit bounced twice in the outfield grass at Citizens Bank Park, and the rookie pitcher kept running. He did not stop until he was tagged out at second base for the final out of the first inning. Buchanan's overexuberant run may have been the biggest mistake he made Wednesday night in the Phillies' 10-3 win over the Houston Astros. For that he can be excused; he had plenty of reasons to be eager. Six days had passed since Cliff Lee stepped off the mound, pointed at his strained elbow, and waved his arms in surrender.
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August 7, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AT SOME POINT in the next month, the Phillies will likely summon Maikel Franco to the big leagues. The only problem will be finding a place where Franco can regularly play, as Ryne Sandberg has recommitted to Ryan Howard, following last month's benching and Cody Asche is still gaining experience at third base. Add in the at-bats Darin Ruf could get at first base, and the corner infield is nearly as crowded as the outfield. It was that logjam - and Howard's presence - that paved the way for former Phillies prospect Jon Singleton to step onto Citizens Bank Park's field in a different uniform last night.
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August 7, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The baseball disappeared into a flower box above the 374-foot marker in left-center field, a landing spot that delayed an entire stadium's reaction. The fan held his souvenir, a Ryan Howard homer bashed against a lefthanded pitcher, which prompted the meager crowd at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night to rise in melancholic unison. This second-inning moment dripped with apathy, even a tinge of sadness. The electronic Liberty Bell replica did not ring until Howard neared third base in the first inning of a 2-1 win over Houston in 15 innings.
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August 7, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
A boy in an Astros hat leaned over the Houston dugout at Citizens Bank Park during batting practice Tuesday night. He held out a sign as Jon Singleton, Houston's rookie first baseman and a onetime Phillies prospect, finished his swings. The boy's poster listed in red ink the names of Singleton and the others players in the Astros system who were acquired in the Hunter Pence trade with the Phillies in 2011. In black marker, he added: "Thanks, Ruben. " As the Phillies look to launch their own rebuilding project, the Astros' process is in full swing, thanks in no small part to the Pence trade orchestrated by general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Singleton, 22, started at first base and batted fifth for the Astros on Tuesday.
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