Abreu gives up 2-run homer in Astros' Game 7 loss after suspension upheld but pushed to next year
Bryan Abreu gave up Nathaniel Lowe’s two-run homer in the Houston Astros’ 11-4 loss to the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series after his two-game suspension for intentionally throwing at Adolis García delayed until the start of next season.
POLL: Do you think having Minute Maid Park roof closed improves how the Houston Astros play?
Long time Astros fans know the team prefers that the retractable roof of Minute Maid Park remains shut. Players have been quoted as saying it’s part of their home field advantage. A closed ballpark is louder.
MLB game time drops 24 minutes to 2:40 with pitch clock. Players steal most bases since 1987
The average time of a nine-inning major league game dropped to 2 hours, 40 minutes in the first year of the pitch clock, a 24-minute decrease in a season of change that resulted in a spike in batting average and the most stolen bases in nearly 40 years.
Brantley “feels good” as he works his way back to MLB
Astros left fielder Michael Brantley had a stop and start rehab process in 2023 as he worked his way back from shoulder surgery. Earlier this season, Brantley got to a rehab assignment before fatigue in his surgically repaired shoulder forced a shutdown.
Astros fans’ joy overfloweth ⚾💖: These are the best reactions to Framber Valdez, Justin Verlander news
Framber Valdez threw the 16th no-hitter in Houston Astros history in a 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday night, just hours after the Astros reacquired ace Justin Verlander from the New York Mets.
Ohtani becomes 2-way All-Star for 3rd straight year; 8 Braves selected for July 11 game
Shohei Ohtani became a two-way All-Star for the third straight year when he was picked for the American League pitching staff, and eight Atlanta Braves were chosen for the July 11 game in Seattle — the most of any team since 2012.
Astros sign RHP Cristian Javier to 5-year contract extension in $64M deal
The Astros have signed right-handed pitcher Cristian Javier to a five-year contract extension, Astros General Manager Dana Brown announced Friday. The $64 million deal will run through the 2027 season, per a league source. It includes a $2M signing bonus.
Astros: We’re less than 90 days away from the 2023 MLB season
Happy New Year! We’re less than 90 days away from the 2023 MLB season and it has come up on us quickly! The 2022 Champion Houston Astros are slowly filling out their 40-man roster and seem to be ready to go without making any further moves. Let’s get into what’s important this week.
Astros into the new year: What’s going on with the team, what’s left to do for a 2023 World Series run
Merry Christmas, Astros fans! You got your present six weeks ago, but I’m sure there are still plenty of Astros jerseys under the tree (except maybe Jeremy Peña jerseys, which are notoriously hard to find according to our Mario Diaz.
Astros look to improve in key areas ahead of 2023 season, these are the players that could help
Hey guys, it’s Ari Alexander and I’m back from San Diego where MLB held its annual Winter Meetings. There was a lot of action because annual hasn’t meant annual for two years due to COVID, so this was really the first event since 2019. I got to chat with Dusty Baker, Astros Ops. Director Bill Firkus, Kyle Tucker and a number of other baseball people in the know about what the Astros can be expected to do this offseason as well as other teams, so let’s dig in.
‘Today was a great day to be a Houstonian’: Mayor Turner thanks Houston for successful Astros World Series Championship parade
More than one million people lined the streets of downtown Houston to celebrate the 2022 World Series Champions during a 1.7-mile parade that included marching bands, players, and confetti-lined streets.
Astros owner Jim Crane wants to keep Justin Verlander in Houston after the World Series
Not long after the Houston Astros secured the 2022 World Championship title Saturday, team owner Jim Crane candidly talked to KPRC 2 Sports Director Randy McIlvoy about winning after the cheating scandal, the impact Dusty Baker’s had on the team, the fans, and the first phone call he plans to make now that the World Series is done.
The first wives of Houston Astros baseball react to the World Series win
Kate Upton and Reagan Bregman were thrilled to experience the biggest win of the year at home in Houston. The wives of Justin Verlander and Alex Bregman talked to KPRC 2 sports anchor Randy McIlvoy about the championship, their nerves, and what it means for their families. See the interview in the video player above.
PURE JOY: See the smiles on the field as the Houston Astros celebrate another World Championship
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker says this team believed they could win it all back at the start of spring training. After defeating the Philadelphia Phillies in game 6 of the World Series, Baker, the players, and the fans were sporting big smiles over accomplishing that huge win in Minute Maid Park.
PHOTOS: Inside Minute Maid Park as the Astros try to win the World Series at home
Minute Maid Park is packed as the Houston Astros look to close out the World Series at home and the hometown crowd is ready for it! Check out photos from inside the park as the Astros work to level up one last time in 2022!
Scoreless in Seattle (until the 18th inning): ALDS Game 3 between Astros and Mariners makes history for longest post season game with no runs
Once game three of the American League Division Series hit the 16th inning, it had made history. Not for what the teams did, but for what they didn’t. NO ONE scored.
Ari Alexander’s picks for the Astros playoff roster
Hey guys, it’s Ari Alexander and we’re closing down the season with a loooong homestand. 8 straight games at home so if you don’t have playoff tickets, it’s a perfect time to see the Astros at Minute Maid for the last time this season. Of course since the playoffs are looming, let’s cover a few playoff topics including roster construction, the #4 starter and potential matchups.
Where’s Mancini and other August Astros questions
Hey guys, it’s Ari Alexander, and now that the trade deadline is over - the Astros can start working to optimize their lineup and bullpen with their new additions. Don’t expect a whole lot to change, but the Astros are in a stronger position now than they were before Aug. 2. For this newsletter, I’m going to dive into some of the fans’ hottest questions right now. Some have answers, some don’t.
Ari breaks down his time in L.A. covering the Astros at the All-Star game
Hey KPRC 2 Insiders, it’s Ari Alexander. I just got back from Los Angeles where I spent three days covering the Astros at the All-Star Game and festivities. I got to talk with Justin Verlander, Kyle Tucker and Framber Valdez along with Dusty Baker plus a couple of other local guys including Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals/The Woodlands HS), Justin Crawford (Phillies Draftee/Son of Carl Crawford) and Ivan Melendez (Diamondbacks Draftee/Texas).
KPRC 2 Insiders asked questions, Astros right fielder and MLB All-Star Kyle Tucker answered them
What would Kyle Tucker do if he wasn’t a Major League Baseball player? What helps him feel better after a tough loss? KPRC 2 sports anchor Ari Alexander took questions asked by KPRC 2 Insiders and posed them to Astros right fielder Kyle Tucker at a media event ahead of Tuesday’s MLB All-Star game in Los Angeles.