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Dallas Keuchel went the distance in a loss to the Yankees on Thursday, giving up three runs over eight innings.

The three runs all came in the second after a single and two doubles to start the inning. Those doubles were the only extra-base hits given up by Keuchel in the contest, and he walked none. The complete game was his fifth of the year, making him the first Astros pitcher to get to five since Mike Hampton and Darryl Kile finished with seven and six, respectively, in 1997. The wins haven't been there lately, but Keuchel remains one of the AL's better starters with his 3.12 ERA and 125/40 K/BB ratio in 24 starts.
Aug 21 - 3:35 PM

Matt Dominguez went 0-for-3 in Thursday's loss to the Yankees.

Dominguez, making outs like no one else in baseball right now, is batting .203 with just two walks in 123 at-bats since the All-Star break. He's hit for more power than expected as a major leaguer, but he's never been the defensive dynamo that he came advertised as while in the minors. It might actually be a good thing for him that the Astros acquired Colin Moran from the Marlins in the Jarrod Cosart deal; if they didn't have a third base prospect worth waiting on, the position would be an obvious place to try to upgrade at this winter. As is, they might as well give Dominguez another year and see what happens with Moran and Rio Ruiz.
Aug 21 - 3:26 PM

Chad Qualls (back) is believed to be unavailable for Thursday's series finale against the Yankees.

Qualls was also on the shelf Wednesday due to lingering discomfort in his back. It's not an issue that is expected to require a 15-day disabled list stint. Jose Veras earned a save in Qualls' place on Wednesday night and could be called on again Thursday afternoon.
Aug 21 - 12:10 PM

Astros pitching prospect Vince Velasquez struck out eight batters over five shutout innings for High-A Lancaster on Wednesday, scattering one hit and three walks.

Velasquez has been exceptional since returning from a groin injury, holding opposing batters to a .173/.280/.272 line with a 12.5 K/9 over five games. Velasquez has the potential to be a solid No. 3 major league starter and should open 2015 with Double-A Corpus Christi.
Aug 21 - 10:31 AM

Astros manager Bo Porter said reliever Chad Qualls was unavailable Wednesday with mild back discomfort.

With a three-run lead in the ninth inning, Porter turned to Jose Veras, not Qualls, for the save. The revelation after the game shed some light on that decision. Assuming it's a small issue -- Porter said Qualls should be available Thursday -- he'll be back in there the next time the Astros have a save opportunity.
Aug 20 - 10:54 PM

Jose Veras earned his first save of the season, holding the Yankees scoreless in the ninth inning in the Astros' win on Wednesday.

As Chad Qualls was dealing with back stiffness, Veras was asked to preserve a three-run lead and was able to do so despite allowing two two-out base runners. The right-hander has performed better since joining the Astros in late June, sporting a 2.84 ERA in 19 innings. Save opportunities shouldn't come up very often for him going forward, however.
Aug 20 - 10:52 PM

Scott Feldman earned his seventh win of the season, limiting the Yankees to two runs over 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday.

Feldman was excellent, holding the Yankees to only two extra-base hits over the course of the evening. Overall, he surrendered eight hits, walked two, and struck out seven. He was in line for the loss until the Astros' offense put up a four-run seventh inning. The right-hander has a 4.37 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a 78/42 K/BB ratio. Feldman will toe the rubber on Monday at home against the Athletics next.
Aug 20 - 10:44 PM

Jake Marisnick went 0-for-5 at the plate in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

Marisnick wasn't in Sunday's lineup in part because he's dealing with some soreness in his lower back. He's cooled off of late after a hot start with the Astros.
Aug 20 - 5:25 AM

After striking out his first four times up, Chris Carter unloaded for his 30th homer of the year Tuesday, a three-run shot that gave the Astros a 7-4 win over the Yankees.

Carter got ahead of David Robertson 3-0 and then blasted the next pitch over the wall in left to surpass his 2013 total of 29 homers. 17 of his 30 have come since the beginning of July. Carter is the first Astro to hit 30 homers since Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee both got there in 2007.
Aug 19 - 11:23 PM

Jesse Crain (shoulder) has progressed to throwing off a mound.

Crain had been limited to flat-ground work after having another setback. "I'll keep on grinding away and see what happens," Crain said. "For the last two weeks, I've been feeling pretty good." Crain is aiming to face hitters in the next couple weeks and remains hopeful of returning before the end of the season.
Aug 19 - 9:29 PM

Astros placed LHP Darin Downs on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 15, with a right oblique strain.

Jesus Guzman (back) will take his place on the active roster. Downs owns a 4.31 ERA and 23/14 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings this season and might need more than the minimum 15 days to rejoin the Astros.
Aug 19 - 2:51 PM

Astros activated 1B Jesus Guzman from the 15-day disabled list.

Guzman, out since earlier this month with back spasms, hit .615 (8-for-13) with three doubles, five RBI and a 2/3 K/BB ratio over four rehab games with Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 30-year-old is batting just .200/.275/.269 over 60 games with the Astros this season and figures to serve in a bench role in his return.
Aug 19 - 2:49 PM

Astros prospect third baseman Rio Ruiz went 2-for-4 with two doubles for High-A Lancaster on Monday.

Ruiz has continued to hit in August, hitting .311/.382/.393 with five doubles over 16 games. He has hit .304 .394 .456 with 35 doubles, four triples, and 11 home runs for the season. He has 73 walks and 81 strikeouts for the season, an impressive total for a 20-year old in his second full season of professional baseball. The main questions for Ruiz are whether his power will develop in order to turn his doubles into home runs, and if he is a third baseman long-term. If his power does not develop and he is not good enough on defense to play third base, he would be a tough fit as a first baseman who hits .280 with 10 home runs. If everything clicks, he could be a third baseman who hits .300 with 20-plus home runs, which could turn him into a perennial All-Star.
Aug 19 - 10:38 AM

Astros outfield prospect Domingo Santana went 3-for-4 with a home run for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.

The 22-year old Santana has hit .295 .379 .475 wit 25 doubles, one triple, and 15 home runs over 107 games. He has also struck out 131 times in 456 plate appearances (28.7 percent). Santana struggled in the major leagues, going 0-for-17 with one walk and 14 strikeouts. He has the potential to be a solid starting outfielder who hits 20 home runs, but his strikeouts will remain a problem during his career. Santana is still very young, and will be given every opportunity to reach his potential.
Aug 19 - 10:32 AM

Collin McHugh earned his sixth win of the season after limiting the Red Sox to one run in six innings of work on Sunday.

Following Sunday's outing, McHugh has gone at least six innings and allowed one run in four consecutive starts. The right-hander's control was a bit spotty against the Red Sox, however, as he walked four and surrendered seven hits while striking out six. He's been a solid contributor all season long, now sporting an even 3.00 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP, and a 124/39 K/BB ratio. McHugh will take on the Indians in Cleveland in his next start on Saturday.
Aug 17 - 5:05 PM


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