It's rare to see Astros manager A.J. Hinch walking to the mound to take the ball from Chris Devenski.
The buzz around Yankee Stadium had barely dissipated from Derek Jeter's number retirement ceremony when the Astros' No. 2 crashed the party.
Derek Jeter Night would be a hard act for anyone to follow. For Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees, it proved impossible.
The Astros are winning on the field with the best 35-game start in franchise history. But it's pitcher Lance McCullers who is also winning off the field.
Despite playing less than three seasons with the Yankees, Astros slugger Carlos Beltran left his mark on the organization in a way he never imagined he would.
The Astros, who at 26-12 have the best record in baseball, feature one of the most potent offenses in the Majors, and on Monday night, they will face a Marlins starter who hasn't yielded many hits.
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Sunday’s Say Hey, Baseball talks about Bryce Harper’s lavish contract for 2018 and his massive walk-off homer on Saturday.
Salute, No. 2.
Moms have a difficult job. Not only do they have to bring us into the world, but they are relied on for love, kindness, emotional support and, of course, lunch money.
Since the start of the 2016 season, a starting pitcher has gone at least seven innings while allowing two or fewer earned runs 1,071 times. In one out of every three of those instances (350), the starter did not register a win. In 102 of those cases, the starting pitcher actually took the loss.
Amid a record-setting (and eyebrow-raising) dinger surge, the league has shared with The Ringer exclusive research that seems to support its position that the ball hasn’t been altered to boost scoring — and, in turn, fan interest. What does it mean for the sport’s future?
Just over a month into the season, Washington is practically a shoo-in for the postseason. But unless they fix their bullpen, the Nationals could be looking at another early playoff exit.