Lockout Limbo: Judge, Sale, others find fields to stay loose
Aaron Judge stepped into the batting cage and sent a long, high drive completely out of the park. Far behind the left-field wall, a couple of University of South Florida students paid no attention. Caught in lockout limbo, Judge and his New York Yankees teammates, Boston ace Chris Sale, Atlanta slugger Adam Duvall and others are doing their best to stay loose.news.yahoo.com
Báez to Detroit, MLB teams race to finish biz before lockout
Javier Báez agreed to bring his high motor to the Motor City, while other teams around the majors raced to finish up business before Tuesday’s deadline to tender contracts and a likely roster freeze coming when baseball's collective bargaining agreement expires Wednesday.
Seeing is believing: Bauer shuts eye, pitches shutout ball
Bauer wound up pitching three scoreless innings with the creative approach, striking out three while allowing two hits and a walk. Known for speaking his mind and going his own way, Bauer said he regularly shuts one eye during bullpen sessions and other workouts. METS 6, ASTROS 1 (6)Jacob deGrom pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut, striking out three and allowing one hit. AdBLUE JAYS 7, PHILLIES 1 (7)Newcomer Tanner Roark made his first start for Toronto, allowing one hit in two scoreless innings. Jorge López threw three scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
LEADING OFF: Giants-Padres slated to resume after COVID PPDs
Games set for Friday and Saturday night were called off to allow time for more testing and contact tracing. Major League Baseball has made no announcement about Sunday's game, although so far this season, no team has resumed its season so swiftly following a positive test. The two-time Gold Glover was hitting .232 with 10 home runs with 25 RBIs in 37 games this year. He batted only .120 (3 for 25) with 17 strikeouts and one walk his last eight games. The A’s could use a combination of recently acquired Tommy La Stella, rookie Vimael Machin and Chad Pinder at third base.
Laureano strikes back, 2-out hit in 9th puts As past Astros
OAKLAND, Calif. Ramn Laureano might have celebrated a little harder for this hit. Laureano yelled over and over after yet another walkoff win by the A's. Then the A's, quiet all night at the plate, finally delivered a key hit just like they do. Houston hitting coach lex Cintrn received a 20-game suspension and a fine for gesturing and yelling toward Laureano at first base. ROSTER MOVEThe Astros activated RHP Josh James from the injured list and optioned C Garrett Stubbs to their alternate site.
Murphy hits homer, two-run single, As take 1st from Astros
Sean Murphy homered and hit a two-run single to help Chris Bassitt snap a three-start winless stretch, and the A's beat the Houston Astros 6-0 on Monday night with both teams missing star players. Weve got some guys down right now, were going to need everybody on our roster. Carlos Correa had two hits for the Astros (21-20) as Houston's losing streak reached five games. We do realize how important this series is, five games in four days, its going to be a grind.Reddick was back in the Astros lineup. Melvin is optimistic he will play this series, perhaps as soon as one of Tuesday's games.
Awkward activism: MLBs uneven response to racial injustice
ARLINGTON, Texas In a typically awkward way, Major League Baseball has been pulled into Americas discussion about racial injustice. Though the process may be imperfect, there was agreement that coaches, players and teams should speak their mind. By sitting out tonights game, I feel like its just a small building block of what we want to see. In recent seasons, the percentage of Black players has hovered around 8%. NBA officials later announced that all three of the days scheduled playoff games had been postponed, and games scheduled Thursday also weren't played.
Peralta's 9th-inning single lifts D-backs past Athletics 4-3
(AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX David Peralta slapped a bases-loaded single through the right side of the infield with one out in the ninth inning to push the Arizona Diamondbacks past the streaking Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Monday night. The As trailed 3-1 going into the eighth but came back to tie it after loading the bases with one out. Ahmed quickly made up for his mistake, smacking a leadoff double to left field to start the decisive ninth-inning rally. UP NEXTAthletics: Oakland wraps up the quick two-game series by sending RHP Frankie Montas (2-1, 1.57 ERA) to the mound. Diamondbacks: Arizona goes with RHP Luke Weaver (0-3, 11.85), who has pitched just 13 2/3 innings this season in four starts.
In 1st MLB game with new extra-inning rule, A's slam Angels
Oakland Athletics players celebrate after Matt Olson, center left, hit a grand slam home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the tenth inning a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2020. According to STATS, Olson became the third player to hit a walkoff grand slam on opening day. The game went to the 10th tied at 3 after Jason Castros tying homer in the ninth against As closer Liam Hendriks. The Angels didn't deliver a win for Maddon in his Angels managerial debut. UP NEXTLHP Sean Manaea, who went 4-0 last season in September after returning from shoulder surgery before losing the wild card game, pitches Saturday opposite Angels RHP Dylan Bundy.
Carlos Correa, Daniella Rodriguez wed in Texas: See the first images released from their ceremony
Instagram/Team CJ CorreaHOUSTON - Houston Astros star slugger Carlos Correa and his fiancee Daniella Rodriguez have gotten hitched in Texas, two years after their stunning engagement after the Astros won the World Series. Correa and Rodriguez shared photos from their ceremony on social media. Correa wore a blue suit and Rodriguez wore a short white dress with a sculpted bodice. Correa and Rodriguez got engaged shortly after the Astros won the World Series in 2017. Correa pulled out a diamond sparkler shortly after the final game in Los Angeles.
Return of 'Machete': Astros trade Tony Kemp to Cubs for Martin Maldonado
Catcher Martin Maldonado returns to the Astros after a trade with Chicago Cubs for Tony Kemp. HOUSTON - The Houston Astros have been linked to some of the biggest names expected to be available at the trade deadline and have made their first deal. The team announced the acquisition of catcher Martn Maldonado from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for infielder/outfielder Tony Kemp. Maldonado, 32, returns to the Astros after splitting time this season with the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals, including 74 starts behind the plate. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs on July 15, 2019, and traded to the Astros on July 31.
Houston Astros designate Tony Kemp for assignment
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Astros outfielder Tony Kemp was designated for assignment Friday to activate Carlos Correa.Known as The Admiral, the 27-year-old who struggled for playing time this season, now faces an uncertain future without any minor league options.The Astros now have a week to decide whether to trade Kemp or pass him through waivers.Kemp was called up to the Astros from the Fresno Grizzlies on May 16. Since then, he's continued to be a force for the team. "Kemp made his Major League debut on May 17, 2016 against the Chicago White Sox.Originally from Franklin, Tennessee, Kemp was a standout at Vanderbilt, where he helped the team reach SEC regular season championships. But his success on the baseball diamond goes even farther back to high school, where he played multiple positions. He also played football.Kemp posted .227/.308/.417 this season.abc13.com
Astros Have Tough Decision to Make When Correa Returns
Tony Kemp has been an important part of the ballclub, but could he be waived to make room for Carlos Correa? With the addition of the shortstop back into the lineup either Tony Kemp or Myles Straw will have to go. Still, one would think that Kemp has the edge given his versatility and the sneaky power he has with his bat. Given their championship aspirations, no doubt the Astros want as many veterans on the squad going into the playoffs as possible. With a complete lineup, the Astros will be scary to face, but they will have to cut someone loose to get there.houstonpress.com
Firefighter for a day? Astros' Josh Reddick suits up during HFD fire station visit
EMBED >More News Videos Alex Bregman and Tony Kemp present HFD with new ambulance. EMBED >More News Videos Get to know more about Tony KempHOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick appeared to fit right in with the Houston Fire Department during a visit to Fire Station 22 on Tuesday. HFD went live on Facebook with the star as he suited up in a Hazmat suit at the station on Harrisburg.After slipping out of the gear and back into his Astros jersey, Reddick stepped into one of the fire trucks for a tour.Reddick's day in the life of a firefighter continued when he put on the full firefighter equipment.The Astros Foundation presented the fire station with a Reddick jersey. The station acts as the "still alarm" for the Astros, meaning they're responsible for responding to emergency calls at the ballpark.Last year, the Astros Foundation recognized HFD for its service and introduced the Adopt-A-Fire Station Program Station 18 on Telephone Road received a Tony Kemp jersey, which was fitting since his number is 18. Firefighters then presented Kemp with his own fire gear.abc13.com
Stepping up to the plate: Get to know Astros standout Tony Kemp
Part of the proceeds will go toward the Astros Youth Academy.Kemp says he didn't expect Hugs For Homers to get as big as it has. Just being able to donate toward the Astros Youth Academy, and get those kids things that they need to play the sport that they love, especially at a young age. The Astros Foundation recognized HFD for its service and introduced the Adopt-A-Fire Station Program for 2018.The station received a Kemp jersey, which was fitting since his number is 18. Mike Elias, Astros Assistant General Manager and director of amateur scouting, said of Kemp at the time, "The word 'sparkplug' is used quite a bit. He also played football.It turns out, baseball runs in his family .abc13.com
Urquidy dominates struggling Rangers in Astros' 6-1 win
Tony Kemp #18 of the Houston Astros celebrates with George Springer #4 after the final out against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park on July 20, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON - Jos Urquidy threw seven dominant innings for his first major league win and Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer, sending the Houston Astros to a 6-1 victory over the skidding Texas Rangers on Saturday night. Making his third career start, Urquidy (1-0) held the Rangers to two baserunners - a homer by Shin-Soo Choo and an infield single by Hunter Pence. Tony Kemp also homered as Houston, the AL West leader, won its fourth straight and handed Texas its sixth consecutive defeat. Astros: RHP Rogelio Armenteros (0-0, 2.00) gets his first career start after throwing four scoreless innings in relief Tuesday against the Angels.
Houston Astros wives meet Jennifer Lopez at singer's Houston show
EMBED >More News Videos Jennifer Lopez performs Selena hit at Houston showEMBED >More News Videos Astros head to the Drake concert. EMBED >More News Videos Ludacris lit up the stage as the Houston Astros celebrated big for team owner Jim Crane's wife's birthday over the weekend. Video credit: Daniella Rodriguez/YouTubeEMBED >More News Videos Justin Verlander and Kate Upton take in Beyonce and Jay-Z concert at NRG StadiumHOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- These are squad goals, for real.The wives of some of the Houston Astros players appeared to add a new member to their tight-knit group of friends: Jennifer Lopez. Daniella Rodriguez , fiancee of shortstop Carlos Correa, and Kara McCullers, wife of pitcher Lance McCullers, were also featured in the epic snapshot.And Kemp was well-dressed for the occasion. She wore a white button down shirt and belted, denim knee-high boots.The outfit emulates the same style that Lopez was captured wearing last August as she stepped out in denim Versace boots.abc13.com