"When it was time to pick our jerseys [at UConn], that was the smallest one," Springer said of his No. 4. "I was like, 'I need the smallest jersey, and coach says I act like I'm 4. So I'll be 4.'"
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Altuve loves hitting on the road
Jose Altuve, who leads baseball with a .363 average, is an even better hitter away from Minute Maid Park. With a .418 road batting average this season, the Astros 2B has put himself in historic company.
Stanton continues HR streak with 432-foot shot
Joey Gallo hit Tuesday's longest home run, but Giancarlo Stanton remains the talk of the town after hitting a 432-foot homer against the Giants to extend his HR streak to six games.
The Houston Astros had six extra-base hits in the first four innings, building a big enough lead to hold off the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4 on Tuesday.
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon discuss if the Astros should trade for Justin Verlander, if the Cavs are asking too much for Kyrie Irving and more.
Blackmon, Springer hit rare milestone
With RBIs being partially dependent on opportunity, racking them up as a leadoff man is no easy task. George Springer drove in his 70th run of the season Tuesday to join an exclusive club. Charlie Blackmon did so in late July, after also accomplishing the feat in 2016.
Astros-Diamondbacks a battle of best in interleague
The D-backs' win over the Astros on Monday gave them the edge as the best team in interleague play. Their series continues Tuesday afternoon, as Houston's Brad Peacock opposes Arizona's Anthony Banda.
Gonzalez has started at five positions this season, as his bat has made it necessary for Houston to keep him in the lineup. He can thank a reduced chase rate for his improvement.
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The Class-A NY-Penn League inducts 3 Hall of Famers before its All-Star Game Tue. night in Troy, NY -- Buck Showalter, who began managing at 29 with the champion Oneonta Yankees; Tri-City ValleyCats owner Bill Gladstone, who brought the team to Troy; & the late Warner Fusselle, a This Week in Baseball legend who broadcast every game of the Brooklyn Cyclones' first 11 seasons & the league's 1st A-S Game.
Zack Greinke struck out nine in six-plus innings to bounce back from his first home loss of the season, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.
The Astros continue to miss their catchers, as Houston placed Brian McCann on the disabled list Monday with a sore right knee.
Despite the additions of Francisco Liriano and Tyler Clippard, the Astros are still reportedly looking for a southpaw reliever to boost their bullpen.
While we wait and see what the Astros do about their problems on the mound and in the clubhouse, there are still positives. Namely, Jose Altuve.
Keith Law talks to Jerry Crasnick and Eric Karabell about Bryce Harper's injury and its consequences, Boston's young stars, Houston's acquisition of Tyler Clippard and more. Plus, Todd Radom unveils the 7th best logo in MLB history and provides the latest installment of uniform trivia.
The Chicago White Sox have traded right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard to the Houston Astros for a player to be named or cash considerations.
Dallas Keuchel took a shutout into the sixth inning, Jose Altuve homered and the AL-leading Houston Astros stopped their longest losing streak of the season at five games, beating the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Sunday.
Adrian Beltre had three hits with three RBI after new Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez acknowledged his 3,000-hit milestone, and the Texas Rangers beat Houston 8-3 on Saturday night, handing the AL-leading Astros a season-high fifth straight loss.
Cole Hamels pitched seven scoreless innings, Elvis Andrus scored each time after his three hits and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 6-4 Friday night, the fourth straight loss for the team with the AL's best record.
The Astros seem to be headed to the playoffs, but they've hit a rough spot -- on the field and in the clubhouse. To win their first World Series, they need to find their edge down the stretch.