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Chris Carter swatted his 14th home run of the season in a 1-for-4 effort as the Astros downed the Royals 6-1 on Monday.

Carter added some superfluous offense with a solo shot off of Brandon Finnegan in the fifth inning for what turned out to be the Astros' final run. The slugger is hitting .198/.315/.405 with 14 home runs and 38 RBI in 76 games. It's worth noting that, through 76 games last season, he had a .189/.269/.421 batting line with 15 home runs and 35 RBI. He finished the year at .227/.308/.491 with 37 home runs and 88 RBI, so a summer surge may yet await him.
Jun 29 - 11:29 PM

Jose Altuve walked and hit a solo home run in four plate appearances on Monday as the Astros topped the Royals.

Altuve slugged a solo home run to left field off of Joe Blanton in the third inning, padding his club's lead to 3-0 at the time. He's now on an eight-game hitting streak while carrying a .292/.336/.415 batting line with seven home runs, 31 RBI, and 21 stolen bases.
Jun 29 - 11:25 PM

Lance McCullers held the Royals to a lone run in seven innings of work to pick up the win on Monday.

McCullers scattered four hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. The lone run came in the seventh inning on a Salvador Perez home run. It's only the third time in nine starts the right-hander has pitched into the seventh inning, but he has otherwise had a terrific start to his major league career, brandishing a 2.19 ERA with a 1.01 WHIP and a 58/18 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings. McCullers will match up with the Red Sox at Fenway Park next.
Jun 29 - 11:17 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Angels are among the teams interested in L.J. Hoes.

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reported previously that the Orioles are interested in not only Hoes but also Alex Presley. Hoes, who came up in the Baltimore organization, has spent almost all of the season at Triple-A, hitting .335/.417/.466 with three homers and 11 steals.
Jun 29 - 7:54 PM

Jed Lowrie (thumb) has progressed to swinging a fungo bat.

Lowrie had been swinging a wiffle ball bat. The infielder is two months removed from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament and remains a few weeks away from a return.
Jun 29 - 7:05 PM

Colby Rasmus (infection) could be available to play before the Astros begin a road trip on Thursday.

Rasmus got an infection following a bug bite on his left wrist. He's been given an IV and antibiotics, which have left him lethargic and unavailable to play the last few days. It appears he'll avoid the disabled list, though.
Jun 29 - 5:29 PM

Colby Rasmus (infection) remained out of the Astros' lineup Monday.

It's the third straight game he's missed due to a skin infection. Preston Tucker is in left field with Rasmus on the bench.
Jun 29 - 4:12 PM

Evan Gattis is not in the Astros' lineup Monday.

It looks to simply be a day off. Jon Singleton is in the designated hitter spot in Gattis' place.
Jun 29 - 4:11 PM

Collin McHugh went eight strong innings Sunday, allowing two hits and one run in a 3-1 victory over the Yankees.

The Yankees actually drew first blood with a Brett Gardner RBI single in the third inning, but McHugh and the bullpen kept them in check for the rest of the contest. He gave up just two hits, both singles, and walked two while striking out eight in the game. It was the second straight game McHugh has gone eight innings and his third win in a row, running his record to 9-3 with a 4.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. McHugh will try to keep it rolling Saturday at the Red Sox.
Jun 28 - 4:48 PM

Carlos Correa went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in a win over the Yankees on Sunday.

Correa twice doubled off Yankees starter Michael Pineda, but the first one was a lazy fly ball that fell between Garrett Jones and Brett Gardner. Gardner proceeded to boot the ball, allowing Correa to round the bases and score. Correa scored another run on an Evan Gattis triple later in the game. The shortstop is as advertised through his first 20 games, hitting .314/.337/.593 with 15 RBI and 13 runs scored.
Jun 28 - 4:47 PM

Evan Gattis had an RBI triple in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

The designated hitter, not known for his wheels, legged out his third triple of the season and fourth of his career in the seventh inning to give the Astros the lead. The run batted in gives him 47 RBI on the year, ninth-best in the American League. His overall numbers lag a bit behind, as he's hitting .235/.266/.440 through Sunday's game.
Jun 28 - 4:47 PM

Luke Gregerson worked a perfect ninth inning against the Yankees on Sunday to earn his 18th save of the season.

Gregerson was called on to protect a two-run lead and had little trouble getting it done, retiring Chase Headley, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira to end the game. The save was Gregerson's first since June 16. The right-hander owns a 3.56 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 31/6 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings as the Astros stopper.
Jun 28 - 4:44 PM

Colby Rasmus (infection) remained out of the Astros' lineup Sunday.

Rasmus is battling a skin infection and has missed two straight starts. He's day-to-day. George Springer is handling center field Sunday, with Domingo Santana covering right.
Jun 28 - 11:43 AM

Astros recalled RHP Michael Feliz from Double-A Corpus Christi.

Feliz tossed a scoreless inning in his lone appearance with the Astros last month. The hard-throwing righty holds a 4.25 ERA and 51/16 K/BB ratio over 55 frames for Corpus Christi this season.
Jun 28 - 10:32 AM

The Astros will monitor the workloads of both Lance McCullers and Vincent Velasquez this season.

McCullers threw 103 innings last season between the regular season and playoffs in the minors and Velasquez threw 89 2/3 innings between the regular season, playoffs and Arizona Fall League. The Astros don't appear to have a strict innings limit in mind, but skipping starts and/or a temporary move to the bullpen for both hurlers are options in the second half. "We’re considering it and trying to figure out what it looks like the rest of the season, if it makes sense to try and skip a start at some point to do something to limit innings," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "It’s definitely something we’re talking to our medical staff about and our training staff and pitching staff."
Jun 28 - 10:04 AM


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