clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Houston Astros News: April 20, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Astros News

Ken Giles leveraged for toughest outs to help seal Dallas Keuchel’s gem for Astros

On countless occasions dating to the beginning of spring training, Astros manager A.J. Hinch has stated Ken Giles will close a majority of the team's games.

Angels in the outfield struggle in 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros

The Angels played an unusually high number of spring-training games this year, 34, and the young power hitter Jefry Marte started 20 of them. But they did not manage to get him even one inning in left field all spring, after testing him there to poor results last season.

Reddick’s bat, Keuchel’s arm power Astros

Dallas Keuchel turned in another virtuoso performance, and Josh Reddick provided the firepower.

Astros’ Carlos Correa optimistic he’ll return to lineup Thursday

After testing his sore right hand with swings in the batting cage Wednesday afternoon, shortstop Carlos Correa expressed confidence he would return to the Astros' lineup Thursday.

Dallas Keuchel is Going Full Ziegler

The Houston rotation is more than one man, but no one man is more important for the rotation than Dallas Keuchel.

Around the League

The Woodlands’ Austin Pruitt earns first MLB win as Rays beat Tigers

A throwing error by Jose Iglesias allowed two runs to score in the ninth inning as Tampa Bay rallied to beat Detroit 8-7 on Wednesday night.

Do MLB Teams Undervalue Defense - Or Just Value It Differently?

Absent a helpful general manager opening up his computer system — or letting you hack in, if that’s more your style — it’s tough to know what baseball teams think of different players.

Starling Marte’s PED suspension is a simple fact of life for baseball

This specific All-Star getting suspended for PEDs was surprising. That an All-Star was suspended at all isn’t surprising, though, and there’s not much baseball can do.

Ichiro homered in possibly his final at-bat in Seattle

Some things are just meant to be.