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Colby Rasmus is not in the Astros' lineup Monday.

He's sitting with the Rangers throwing lefty Ross Detwiler. Robbie Grossman is in left field in Rasmus' place.
May 4 - 4:40 PM

Astros prospect Domingo Santana blasted a pair of homers Sunday in a win for Triple-A Fresno.

Santana used Sunday's bounce-back effort to snap a 2-for-14 drought. The 22-year-old is batting a steady .286, though it's come with 29 strikeouts in 70 at-bats. This could be the start of something big as Santana's production is known to come in spurts. He already has two multi-home run games this season. Santana is MLB.com's 70th-ranked prospect.
Source: MILB.com
May 4 - 2:27 PM

Evan Gattis homered twice and drove in four runs in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Mariners.

Gattis put up huge numbers against the Mariners, finishing 2-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored. He hit a three-run shot off J.A. Happ in the first inning to jump the Astros out to a 3-0 lead, then hit a solo shot in the eighth inning to put them ahead 7-6. That would hold as the final score. Gattis has now homered in three straight games, a hot streak that's come seemingly from nowhere. Prior to the start of the team's home series with the Mariners, Gattis was hitting just .174/.208/.304 with two home runs and seven RBI. He exits with a line of .198/.225/.442, six home runs and 17 RBI. Not a bad little series.
May 3 - 5:41 PM

Luke Gregerson earned his sixth save on Sunday, walking one and striking out one Mariner in a scoreless ninth.

After walking Rickie Weeks, Gregerson induced a double-play grounder from Brad Miller to end the game. It's been a sketchy few days for Gregerson, who allowed two home runs on Friday. He picked up the save in that one, too. While he's now 6-for-7 in save chances, he'll have to pitch more tightly if he expects to keep up the good percentage. For the season, he holds a 2.77 and 10/2 K/BB ratio over 13 innings.
May 3 - 5:30 PM

Roberto Hernandez surrendered five runs (four earned) over six innings in Sunday's contest with the Mariners.

The Mariners scored their five runs on eight hits. Hernandez struck out two and walked one in what was a relatively uneventful start until the start of the seventh inning, when the M's put up a four-spot. Despite squandering a 6-1 lead, the Astros still managed to win 7-6 as they pushed their current winning streak to 10 games. For his part, Hernandez's numbers this season have been serviceable. He owns a 4.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 18/9 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings. He'll face the Angels in his next start.
May 3 - 5:11 PM

Luis Valbuena is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

It looks like he's just getting a day off. Jonathan Villar is at third base Sunday in Valbuena's place.
May 3 - 11:18 AM

Samuel Deduno will start on Wednesday against the Rangers.

Deduno earned another outing after tossing four innings of one-run ball on Friday versus the Mariners. "I thought he competed very well," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "I think he had quite a few first-pitch strikes. I think his fastball was in the zone, which helped his breaking ball." Deduno could hold down the fifth spot in the rotation until Brett Oberholtzer (blister) is ready.
May 3 - 10:52 AM

Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer off of Taijuan Walker in Saturday's win over the Mariners.

The home run was Altuve's third of the season. You don't see that too often with the star second baseman, who hit just seven last season, but he has shown that he's got a bit of pop in the bat. Altuve finished the contest 1-for-4, snapping his streak of nine straight multi-hit games. Had he finished with one more hit, he would have set the franchise record. As is, the homer extended his hitting streak to 11 games in-a-row. He's now slashing a sizzling .371/.412/.524.
May 3 - 12:31 AM

Collin McHugh improved to 4-0 on the season Saturday, holding the Mariners to four runs over seven innings.

Not the greatest start on earth, but 4-0 is 4-0. Like his 17-7 team, McHugh's just getting things done. McHugh was in a giving mood in the second inning, as the Mariners hit three solo home runs in the frame, but he recovered from the early charity and allowed just one run the rest of the way. This is a good sign for his development, as it would have been very easy to unravel after the three homers. McHugh struck out four and walked three while scattering six hits across his seven innings. With a 3.41 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 27/7 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings, he has more than held his own to this point. He will try to continue his winning ways when the Astros take on the Angels in his next start.
May 3 - 12:21 AM

Jake Marisnick connected for a solo homer, drew a walk, and stole a base in Friday's 4-3 win over the Mariners.

Marisnick has hit safely in nine straight games and is now batting .383 with three home runs and 11 RBI on the year. He's also up to nine stolen bases, which ties him with teammate Jose Altuve for the American League lead. His BABIP is well north of .400 right now, but he has the pop and speed to be valuable in mixed leagues all season.
May 2 - 12:04 AM

Luke Gregerson allowed two home runs in the ninth inning Friday against the Mariners, but managed to hold on for his fifth save of the season.

Gregerson was handed a three-run lead, but gave up a leadoff homer to Nelson Cruz and a one-out blast to Logan Morrison. However, he was able to get Brad Miller to ground out and struck out Rickie Weeks swinging for the final out of the ballgame. He's 5-for-6 in save chances and has a 3.00 ERA with a 9/1 K/BB ratio over 12 innings. The Astros have won eight straight games and are tied with the Royals for the AL's best record at 16-7.
May 2 - 12:04 AM

Making a spot-start, Samuel Deduno held the Mariners to one run over four innings on Friday.

Deduno threw 61 pitches and did pretty much as well as the Astros could have hoped under the circumstances. The only run scored on an RBI double by Robinson Cano in the third. Deduno struck out four and walked two and figures to move back into middle relief.
May 2 - 12:03 AM

Jose Altuve went 2-for-3 with a run scored Friday against the Mariners.

Another day, another multi-hit game. That makes nine straight, which ties a club record. Altuve is batting .468 during his 10-game hitting streak and .376 for the year.
May 2 - 12:02 AM

Astros third base prospect Colin Moran suffered a non-displaced fracture of his jaw on Thursday.

The injury occurred when he was struck by an errant pickoff attempt as he slid back into second base. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. Moran is hitting .268/.318/.378 with no homers and 17 RBI at Double-A Corpus Christi this season.
May 1 - 3:52 PM

Astros prospect OF Derek Fisher went 1-for-3 with his fifth home run of the season on Thursday for High-A Quad Cities.

He’s batting .314/.397/.647 through 14 games. Selected with the No. 37 overall pick in the 2014 draft, Fisher flashed his offensive upside last summer in the Short Season New York-Penn League by batting .303/.386/.419 with 10 extra-base hits and 17 stolen bases in 41 games. There’s doubt as to whether the 21-year-old left-handed hitter will ever hit for power, but his five homers this season is an encouraging sign and could make him breakout prospect in 2015.
May 1 - 1:23 PM


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