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Alex Bregman finished 3-for-5 with a homer and three runs scored Monday against the Phillies.

Bregman went back-to-back with Brian McCann in the top of the second inning, prior to a two-hour rain delay, and he kept the line moving as the Astros continued to pour it on late into the night at Citizens Bank Park. Bregman, 23, is off to a very promising start in the second half.
Jul 25 - 1:00 AM

Astros recalled OF Derek Fisher from Triple-A Fresno.

George Springer (quad) is expected to avoid the disabled list, but the Astros want to give Fisher another look, anyway. The 23-year-old made a nice five-game impression (.278/.381/.611, two homers) last month and sports a robust .318/.384/.583 line with 21 homers, 66 RBI and 16 steals this season with Fresno. At-bats are available in left field with Marwin Gonzalez moving in to shorstop to cover for Carlos Correa (thumb), and Fisher might have a chance to run away with a job.
Jul 25 - 12:59 AM

Jose Altuve went 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored in the Astros' 13-4 thrashing of the Phillies on Monday.

Altuve reached base in all five of his trips to the plate, including a first-inning walk. He also had two doubles and a pair of run-scoring singles. The star second baseman has somehow gotten hotter since the All-Star break, even after a scorching first half. He's slashing .365/.431/.574 for an Astros team that is 33 games over .500.
Jul 25 - 12:56 AM

Astros optioned RHP James Hoyt to Triple-A Fresno.

Hoyt has posted a 5.54 ERA over 37 1/3 innings this season, although it's come with a 57/9 K/BB ratio. He'll be back eventually.
Jul 25 - 12:52 AM

Brad Peacock threw three innings of one-run ball in Monday's rain-delayed win over the Phillies.

A storm rolled in during the top of the fourth inning and the ensuing delay lasted nearly two hours, so Peacock was finished after three and robbed of a 9-1 record. He struck out four, allowed two hits, and walked two batters in the eventual 13-4 rout for Houston. The 29-year-old right-hander is 8-1 with a stellar 2.51 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. He'll be well-rested for his next start at Detroit's Comerica Park.
Jul 25 - 12:47 AM

Vince Velasquez allowed four runs in three-plus innings Monday as the Phillies fell to the Astros.

It was an ugly, stormy night for Philadelphia and Velasquez didn't help the cause. He walked three batters and gave up six hits before getting pulled after a two-hour rain delay in the top of the fourth inning. The 25-year-old right-hander fell to 2-6 with a 5.49 ERA in 12 starts this season. He just missed a large chunk of time with an elbow injury and is looking like an unreliable fantasy option for the stretch run.
Jul 25 - 12:42 AM

Nick Williams hit a three-run triple in the seventh inning of Monday night's loss to the Phillies.

It was one of the only positive moments of the night for the Phils, who lost 13-4 in the rain-delayed snoozer at Citizens Bank Park. Williams also singled in the ninth inning, finishing with 2-for-5 with three RBI. The 23-year-old outfielder is off to a terrific start as a major leaguer, now with 18 RBI in 20 games. He's batting .306/.342/.611.
Jul 25 - 12:34 AM

Angels placed RHP Alex Meyer on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 20, with right shoulder inflammation.

Meyer certainly didn't show any signs of being injured in his last outing, surrendering just one hit over seven shutout innings versus the Nationals. Unfortunately, the tall right-hander has a history of shoulder issues, so this obviously isn't a good sign. Meyer has continued to struggle with his control this season (42 walks), but he holds a 3.74 ERA with 75 strikeouts over 67 1/3 innings.
Jul 24 - 11:48 PM
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