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Alex Bregman belted a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the 10th inning Tuesday as the American League beat the National League 8-6 in the 2018 MLB All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.

Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett tied things up in the bottom of the ninth with a two-run homer off Mariners closer Edwin Diaz, but Bregman and the American League All-Stars quickly got revenge, plating three runs off Dodgers starter Ross Stripling in the first frame of extras to seal the deal. Bregman and his Astros teammate George Springer went back-to-back to lead off the top of the 10th and then Jean Segura and Mitch Moreland both singled, with Segura eventually being driven in on a sacrifice fly for the AL's eighth run of the affair. There were 10 total home runs hit on the night, a new All-Star Game record. The previous record was six. Bregman was named the MVP.
Jul 17 - 11:59 PM

Justin Verlander allowed six runs -- five earned -- over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Tigers.

Verlander finishes the first half with somewhat of a dud against his former team. He struck out 12 batters and issued zero walks, but four different Tigers went deep off him. The veteran right-hander will head into the All-Star break with a 9-5 record, 2.29 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 172/24 K/BB ratio in 137 2/3 innings.
Jul 15 - 4:55 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday that the team still doesn't have a rehab plan for Carlos Correa (back).

The hope had been that Correa would be ready to begin a rehab assignment over the All-Star break, but that's not going to happen. "He's not doing anything aggressively on the field that would warrant a plan in place to send him out [on rehab]," Hinch said. Of the possibility that Correa could return sometime during the club's July 20-25 road trip, the manager said, "I certainly can’t rule him in. I’m not going to rule him out." It's obviously not an encouraging update on the status of Correa, whose game readiness keeps getting pushed back. He's been sidelined since late June with lower back soreness.
Jul 15 - 1:07 PM

Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI as the Astros smashed the Tigers 9-1 on Saturday.

He started off with an RBI-double that plated Jose Altuve in the first inning. He went yard off starter Michael Fulmer in the fifth. He has been hitting fairly well this year but on a team as loaded with talent as the Astros he just doesn't get enough at-bats to generate a ton of fantasy value. He has a .261/.335/.412 triple-slash with nine home runs, 29 RBI, 40 runs and five steals in 245 at-bats.
Jul 14 - 9:30 PM

Evan Gattis went 1-for-4 and connected for a solo home run during a win over the Tigers on Saturday.

He touched up starter Michael Fulmer for the bomb in the fifth inning. It was the 19th time he's circled the bases this year. He has a .242 batting average with 63 RBI as well. He is catcher-eligible but has only actually played behind the plate twice this year. He serves as the designated hitter most days.
Jul 14 - 9:25 PM

Gerrit Cole allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings and took home an easy win over the Tigers on Saturday.

It was easy for two reasons: he was facing the Tigers' impotent lineup and the Astros gave him a double helping of run support. The only run he surrendered came when catcher James McCann doubled to drive in Nicholas Castellanos in the sixth inning. Cole struck out eight batters and allowed just three base hits. He did stumble a bit by walking four batters but threw 72 out of 107 pitches for strikes. He is now 10-2 with a 2.52 ERA and ranks third in the majors with 177 strikeouts (only Chris Sale and Max Scherzer have more).
Jul 14 - 9:14 PM

Astros reinstated RHP Gerrit Cole from the bereavement leave list.

Cole will return to the Astros' rotation on Satruday against the Tigers. Jake Marisnick was optioned back to Triple-A to clear room on the 25-man roster. The All-Star right-hander is 9-2 with a 2.57 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 169/41 K/BB ratio over 122 2/3 innings in his first 19 starts with the Astros.
Jul 14 - 3:07 PM

Astros optioned OF Jake Marisnick to Triple-A Fresno.

Marisnick was only with the club for a couple of days as an extra outfielder while Gerrit Cole was away on bereavement leave. He'll continue to bide his time at Triple-A until he's needed again later this season.
Jul 13 - 11:17 PM

Alex Bregman blasted a two-run homer in the first inning on Friday, powering the Astros to a 3-0 victory over the Tigers.

The decisive two-run shot off of Tigers' starter Mike Fiers was Bregman's 20th bomb of the season. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. The 24-year-old is having a phenomenal season, slashing .287/.385/.538 with 20 homers, 64 runs scored, 63 RBI and eight stolen bases.
Jul 13 - 11:14 PM

Yuli Gurriel went 2-for-4 and drove in a run on Friday as the Astros shut out the Tigers in the opener of their three-game set in Houston.

Gurriel plated Alex Bregman with a run-scoring single in the third inning, increasing the Astros' lead to 3-0, and that's how it would finish. He has come on very strong after a slow start to the season and is now hitting .306/.336/.436 with six homers, 49 RBI and three stolen bases.
Jul 13 - 11:12 PM

Hector Rondon worked a scoreless ninth inning on Friday, protecting a three-run lead against the Tigers to earn his eighth save of the season.

Rondon allowed a two-out walk to Jeimer Candelario, but was never in any serious trouble. He has done a terrific job since supplanting Ken Giles as the club's closer and should be locked into the ninth inning role for the forseeable future. He owns a brilliant 1.57 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 44/11 K/BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings on the season.
Jul 13 - 11:09 PM

Dallas Keuchel finished his first half on a high note on Friday, firing six shutout innings in a victory over the Tigers.

The left-hander allowed six hits and a walk while striking out four. He was in complete command in this one, as the Tigers never had a runner advance past second base against him. Keuchel finishes the first half of the season with a 7-8 with a 3.75 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 93/33 K/BB ratio across 122 1/3 innings.
Jul 13 - 11:05 PM

Carlos Correa (back) is hoping to begin a rehab assignment over the All-Star break.

It was reported earlier this week that the hope was he could start a rehab assignment this weekend, but they're apparently now shooting for a few days later. It's unclear how many rehab games Correa might need, but a return sometime next weekend would still seem to be possible.
Jul 13 - 5:21 PM

Charlie Morton yielded three runs in 4 1/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision against the A's.

Morton, who is on pace for a career high in innings, has hit his first little rough patch here, giving up eight runs over 10 innings in his last two starts before the break. He still had a stellar first half, finishing 11-2 with a 2.96 ERA, but the Astros might want to back off him a bit here and go without starting him until the fifth game back after the break.
Jul 12 - 5:52 PM

Tony Kemp had a two-run homer, a walk and two runs scored Thursday against the A's.

When the Astros called up Kyle Tucker, they did in spite of Kemp's success in left field. He's been pretty great in 111 at-bats, hitting .297 with three homers, six doubles and more walks (17) than strikeouts (13). The Astros will have to keep juggling things to get him at-bats in their crowded outfield, but they should make it happen; he's hitting better than either Josh Reddick or George Springer.
Jul 12 - 5:45 PM


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