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Astros prospect RHP Mark Appel struck out 10 batters over eight scoreless innings on Tuesday for Double-A Corpus Christi, allowing just two hits and one walk.

The outing was the best of Appel’s career, as he set new personal bests with eight innings pitched and 10 strikeouts. The 23-year-old is finally showing the promise that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft (and the No. 8 pick in 2012). Since moving up to Double-A Corpus Christi, Appel has pitched to a 3.15 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 34-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 34 1/3 innings (6 starts). This of course comes after he registered a dismal 9.74 ERA and allowed 10 home runs over 78 2/3 innings at High-A Lancaster. Appel will look to continue his late-season success in the Arizona Fall League.
Aug 27 - 4:41 PM

Darin Downs (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday.

Downs was cleared for game action after throwing a bullpen session Tuesday with no issues. He'll be activated from the DL next week if all goes well.
Aug 26 - 11:14 PM

Chris Carter hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to lead the Astros to a stunning 4-2 win over the Athletics on Tuesday.

The Astros had been limited to one run by Athletics starter Jason Hammel, but an error and HBP put two runners on for Carter in the eighth inning. Carter made reliever Luke Gregerson pay with his 32nd home run of the season. Carter has now hit 11 homers in 24 August games. He's third in the league with his 32 homers, and Carter has 77 RBI. Barring a September collapse, 2014 will be a career year for the 27-year-old.
Aug 26 - 11:04 PM

Chad Qualls retired the Athletics in order in the ninth inning on Tuesday to earn his 15th save.

Qualls, still a member of the Astros for now, had little trouble with the Athletics' 8-9-1 hitters. The 36-year-old owns a 3.05 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 38/5 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings this season. If the Tigers do make a deal for the veteran reliever -- and they have until Wednesday to work something out -- he'll likely occupy a setup role in Detroit.
Aug 26 - 10:55 PM

Dexter Fowler hit his eighth home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Athletics.

The homer off Athletics starter Jason Hammel was his only hit in four at-bats. Fowler has been pretty effective since returning from the disabled list on August 13, batting .280 with hits in nine of his 12 games in August. The outfielder is hitting .272/.376/.409 with 49 runs in 89 games this season.
Aug 26 - 10:54 PM

Dallas Keuchel gave up just two runs -- one earned -- over seven innings Tuesday, settling for a no-decision against the Athletics.

Keuchel did his usual thing, inducing 18 ground balls while striking out just three. The southpaw gave up five hits while walking three in the outing. And, also as usual, the Astros failed to give him much in the way of run support. Keuchel remained 10-9 with a 3.05 ERA through 25 starts, and he'll hope for some more support when he takes on the Rangers on Sunday.
Aug 26 - 10:53 PM

George Springer (quad) took batting practice on Tuesday.

He's back performing baseball activities after a two-week shutdown period. If all goes well, the Astros are hoping to get Springer back for the September 2-3 series versus the Angels. He's hitting .231/.336/.468 batting line with 20 homers and 51 RBI over 78 games this season.
Aug 26 - 6:10 PM

Astros prospect OF Teoscar Hernandez went 4-for-7 with a home run, double and three RBI on Monday for Double-A Corpus Christi.

Hernandez, 21, was moved up to Double-A earlier this month after batting .294/.376/.550 with 58 extra-base hits, 75 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 96 games with High-A Lancaster. Hernandez has continued to rake since reaching the Texas League with a .306/.315/.542 batting line and four home runs in 17 games, but he’s also posted a 27-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio during that span and is yet to steal a base.
Aug 26 - 1:07 PM

Astros prospect OF Delino DeShields had a monster game Monday, going 4-for-6 with two home runs, one double, one triple and five RBI for Double-A Corpus Christi.

It’s been a disappointing season for the 22-year-old DeShields, who’s batted .244/.352/.374 with 26 extra-base hits through 107 games in his first taste of the Double-A level. Though his production is down, DeShields’ speed has translated favorably at the higher level, as he currently ranks second in the Texas League with 50 stolen bases (in 64 attempts). In his defense, DeShields did miss time early in the year after wearing a pitch to the face, so the fact he’s been able to salvage his season like he has is encouraging.
Aug 26 - 12:54 PM

Peter Gammons reports that the Tigers have claimed Chad Qualls off revocable waivers from the Astros.

Given the state of the Tigers' bullpen, it's no surprise that they were the ones who put in the claim. It's unclear whether the Astros actually intend to trade him, but the two sides have until Wednesday to make a deal. Qualls, who has a 3.07 ERA in 49 appearances this year, is under contract for $3 million next season and the Astros hold a $3.5 million club option for 2016.
Aug 26 - 8:25 AM

Marwin Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a couple of doubles Monday against the A's.

The second double shouldn't have been a double; it was either a single and a two-base error or a triple, depending on how the scorer wanted to treat the ball bouncing past Josh Reddick in the right-field corner. Instead, the scorer gave him a double even though Gonzalez initially stopped after rounding first. Regardless, it was a nice game for Gonzalez, who had been hitting just .215/.271/.308 in 65 at-bats this month. He could use a nice hot streak to finish the month or he might lose most of his playing time to Jonathan Villar in September.
Aug 25 - 11:35 PM

Brad Peacock (forearm) is on track to make his scheduled start on Wednesday versus the Athletics.

Peacock skipped his normal between-starts bullpen session, but his tight forearm is not expected to keep him from taking the ball Wednesday. He holds a 5.30 ERA over 107 innings this season.
Aug 25 - 8:32 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday that he's hoping George Springer (quad) will be ready for activation during the September 2-3 series versus the Angels.

Springer aggravated his strained left quad in early August while on a rehab assignment but is nearing a return to baseball activities. He'll have wound up missing six and a half weeks of action if he does indeed return in early September. The rookie is sporting a .231/.336/.468 batting line with 20 homers and 51 RBI over 78 games this season.
Aug 25 - 6:58 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Chad Qualls has been claimed on revocable waivers.

Rosenthal notes that it's "unclear" whether the Astros will trade him. They were adamant about not dealing Qualls prior to the trade deadline, but perhaps they'll change their mind if they get the right offer. Qualls is under contract for $3 million next season and the Astros hold a $3.5 million club option for 2016.
Aug 25 - 6:53 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Scott Feldman has cleared revocable waivers.

It's no surprise that he cleared given that he's owed what's left on his $12 million salary for 2014 and is under contract for $18 million more through 2016. However, it's possible Feldman could draw some interest, particularly if the Astros would be willing to pick up a little bit of his deal. The big righty holds a 4.37 ERA on the season but has pitched well in four out of his last five starts.
Aug 25 - 6:45 PM


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