Astros games on Root Sports Southwest can be streamed beginning Tuesday by authenticated subscribers to DirecTV and Consolidated Communications in the Houston area via MLB.com, HoustonAstros.com and MLB At Bat.
Last July and August, Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson and Astros third baseman Alex Bregman became the quickest Nos. 1 and 2 overall draft picks to reach the majors since 1993 top selections Alex Rodriguez and Darren Dreifort.
When he returned to the Astros' spring training complex in March after the World Baseball Classic, reliever Luke Gregerson wasn't sure what would become of Team USA's good luck charm.
It has been well-documented how the shoulder discomfort that plagued Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel last season contributed to a deterioration of his mechanics and, as a result, led to him struggling to place the ball where he wanted.
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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon, a graduate of The Woodlands High School, underwent surgery Monday morning for suspected testicular cancer.
David Ross' storybook year has extended well past his role in the Cubs' World Series run last fall. A heralded celebrity participant on this season of "Dancing With the Stars," Ross and his dancing partner Lindsay Arnold have made it to the semifinals after some spirited performances that touched on everything from '90s nostalgia to "Magic Mike."
It has been widely reported that the trouble between Matt Harvey and the Mets began with a migraine for Harvey after a Saturday morning round of golf, his team not scheduled to play until that evening at Citi Field.
Aging teams in the middle of disappointing seasons tend to hold fire sales in July. The Giants won’t be one of those teams.
Gift Ngoepe is the first player in major league history from Africa. Here’s a look at the first player from every country other than the United States represented in the majors since 1900:
I’ve been around enough to know that East Coast Bias–say it with capital letters, folks–isn’t fiction. It’s something the rest of us just live with, like noise from leaf blowers. I also realize the Yankees are baseball’s flagship franchise, an organization so powerful they buy free agents in bulk, lead the league in farewell tours and boast their own TV network.