Since making his season debut on May 13, no American League starter has struck out batters at a more rapid pace than McCullers. Behind another 10-strikeout performance the Astros' avoided the sweep, beating the Yankees 4-1.
Having gone 29 consecutive at-bats without a hit, the Astros right fielder broke through in a big way Wednesday night.
For the second consecutive game, the Astros lost a regular to a strained right hamstring. With the second injury in as many days, the roster is feeling the strain of a shortened bench and may be forced to make a roster move prior to Friday's series opener in Detroit.
Valbuena's right hamstring strain will sideline him likely until at least Saturday, but the Astros are confident their third baseman will avoid a stint on the disabled list, according to manager A.J. Hinch.
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In their first splash of the trade deadline, the Rangers went out and got a pair of pitchers from Atlanta. Going the other way is Travis Demeritte, a former first round pick and the Rangers 20th best prospect according to MLB.com.
Could Jonathan Lucroy be the first true impact bat to get moved this year? I know Melvin Upton already moved, but lets not go calling him an impact bat again just yet. With four days until the deadline discussions around Lucroy are said to be picking up, and oh yeah there's a mystery team!
Want a starting pitcher at the trade deadline? Sorry, but we're all out. Blame these guys.
And I will leave you with this. It is exactly as the title reads, and it was a very good catch.