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Astros OF prospect Derek Fisher belted a pair of home runs Sunday in a victory for High-A Lancaster.

He plated six runs, upping his season total to 71. Fisher has seen his batting average dip slightly since getting promoted from Low-A Quad Cities (.259 in 47 games), but he's made up for it by posting an elite .507 slugging percentage in 201 at-bats. Fisher still strikes out too frequently, as evidenced by the 14 punch-outs he's recorded over his last eight contests. The 21-year-old is 21-for-26 on stolen base attempts this season.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 27 - 3:04 PM

Alex Presley has accepted an assignment to Triple-A Fresno.

Presley had the option of electing free agency when he was moved off the Astros' 40-man roster last week, but the 30-year-old outfielder will remain with the organization. He is a .259/.299/.393 career hitter.
Jul 27 - 1:27 PM

Evan Gattis went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

Coming into the season, Gattis had just one triple in 723 at-bats. This year? Six in 358 at-bats. Baseball is a strange, strange sport. The rocket man is hitting .246/.274/.450 with 16 homers and 57 RBI on the season.
Jul 26 - 5:01 PM

Dallas Keuchel posted a rare poor start in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Royals, allowing five runs on 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Keuchel was coming off one of his best starts of the season, a 13-strikeout, seven-inning shutout performance against the Rangers, but he was hit early and often by the Royals on Sunday. The All-Star southpaw loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning and ultimately surrendered four runs in the frame courtesy of a two-run single by Omar Infante and a two-run double by Cheslor Cuthbert. He also served up a solo home run to Lorenzo Cain an inning later before finally settling in. Keuchel's been one of the best starters in the bigs and we're not particularly worried about one poor start, as he holds a 2.32 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 132/34 K/BB ratio over 151 innings this season. He'll look to rebound in a home outing against the Diamondbacks next time he takes the mound.
Jul 26 - 4:55 PM

Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in Saturday's loss to the Royals.

Altuve and two-hole hitter Marwin Gonzalez combined for four of the five hits that the Astros managed in the contest. The Mighty Mouse of a second baseman scored the lone run of the game for his team, touching home plate on a Carlos Correa sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. Altuve was treading in dark waters below his typical .300+ average, but he's heated up of late and is now hitting .304/.349/.432.
Jul 25 - 11:13 PM

Scott Feldman was superb in a no-decision against the Royals on Saturday, allowing just one run on four hits over 7 2/3 innings in a game the Astros would lose 2-1 in 10 innings.

This was Feldman's second start since being activated from the disabled list. He had missed over a month after undergoing surgery on a meniscus tear in his right knee. If Saturday's results are any indication of the future, he could be in for a solid second half. Outside of a seventh-inning sacrifice fly, the Royals couldn't plate a run against the veteran right-hander. Feldman held a 4.80 ERA prior to hitting the disabled list, but given his career track record, an ERA in the range of 4.00 is not unreachable if he remains healthy. He'll look to build off of Saturday's start when he faces the Diamondbacks in his next outing.
Jul 25 - 11:05 PM

Preston Tucker went 3-for-5 with a home run on Friday, powering the Astros to a 4-0 victory over the Royals in Kansas City.

Tucker got the Astros on the board with a solo homer in the third inning, and that would prove to be more than enough offense for Scott Kazmir and the Astros bullpen. Tucker also doubled and scored a pair of runs in the contest. With the three-hit attack, he is now hitting .267/.324/.480 with nine long balls and 27 RBI in his rookie season.
Jul 24 - 10:57 PM

Scott Kazmir hurled seven scoreless innings on Friday, allowing just three hits and a walk as he defeated the Royals in his Astros debut.

Kazmir punched out three on the evening. Through one start at least, the veteran southpaw has proven to be everything that the Astros had hoped for when he was acquired from the Athletics. He has been outstanding through 19 starts on the season, compiling a 2.24 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 104/36 K/BB ratio across 116 2/3 innings. He'll do battle against the Angels on Thursday.
Jul 24 - 10:55 PM

Astros optioned OF L.J. Hoes to Triple-A Fresno.

He's clearing room on the roster for the addition of Scott Kazmir. Hoes has hit .267/.313/.267 over eight games with the big club this season.
Jul 24 - 4:27 PM

Astros sent OF Alex Presley outright to Triple-A Fresno.

It's the second time this season he's been removed from the 40-man roster. Presley can elect free agency if he wants.
Jul 24 - 1:27 PM

Jose Altuve went 4-for-5 and hit a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Astros edged the Red Sox 5-4 on Thursday.

It's the Astros' first walkoff blast of their very surprising season. Altuve also doubled and stole a base. He raised his average to .304, which is the highest he's finished a game at since May 21. This makes two homers and four doubles in his last seven games, which is quite a power surge for him.
Jul 23 - 11:58 PM

Lance McCullers pitched five innings and allowed two runs Thursday against the Red Sox.

McCullers was a bit shaky tonight, allowing six hits and walking three, but he managed to keep the Red Sox from sustaining any rallies. He's continuing to show some of the best stuff in the AL, but he's now walked 21 over 38 1/3 innings in his last seven starts. That's not ideal.
Jul 23 - 11:57 PM

Scott Kazmir will make his Astros' debut Friday against the Royals.

Kazmir was acquired from the Athletics on Thursday in exchange for catcher Jacob Nottingham and right-hander Daniel Mengden. The Houston native owns a 2.38 ERA over 18 starts this season and should form a potent 1-2 punch with Dallas Keuchel atop the Astros' rotation.
Jul 23 - 5:07 PM

Astros acquired LHP Scott Kazmir from the Athletics for C Jacob Nottingham and RHP Daniel Mengden.

Kazmir enters the Astros rotation after delivering a 2.38 ERA, 1.085 WHIP, and 101/35 K/BB ratio in 109 2/3 innings for Oakland. His fantasy stock may take a little hit in the move to a more power-friendly park, but it's a terrific baseball move for Houston. Nottingham and Mengden weren't necessarily considered top prospects before the 2015 season, though they've both been showing positive signs of development in the lower levels of the minor leagues. More rebuilding pieces for the constantly-rebuilding A's.
Jul 23 - 1:26 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have acquired starter Scott Kazmir from the A's.

Kazmir was due to start for Oakland in Thursday's series finale against the Blue Jays, but he'll board a plane to Houston instead. The 31-year-old left-hander took a shutout into the ninth inning in his last turn in the A's rotation and he boasts a stellar 2.38 ERA 1.085 WHIP, and 101/35 K/BB ratio through 109 2/3 total innings this season. It's a big boost for the Astros, who have fallen behind the red-hot Angels in the American League West standings.
Jul 23 - 1:12 PM

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