Starling Marte barely moved, the Pirates' All-Star left fielder merely turning and shuffling a few steps toward the wall. As soon as bat met ball on the fifth pitch of Teoscar Hernandez's second at-bat Monday night, there was no doubt as to its destination.
Preston Tucker is nearing the start of a rehab assignment with an Astros' minor league affiliate and could rejoin the team around the first of September, general manager Jeff Lunhow said on Monday.
Luis Valbuena is scheduled to visit a doctor Wednesday in Houston to determine the next step following his setback in his rehab from a right hamstring strain.
Two-run homer in 5th paves way for series opening win vs. Pirates.
The Houston Astros got a glimpse of their future while veteran Doug Fister helped keep them in the pennant race in the present.
With a fifth-inning home run, Astros rookie Teoscar Hernandez gave starting pitcher Doug Fister all the run support he needed against the Pirates to earn his 12th win of the season Monday.
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The Washitngton Nationals announced yesterday afternoon that Stephen Strasburg was placed on the 15-Day DL with right elbow soreness. A.J. Cole was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to start last nights opener against the Baltimore Orioles.