After scoring twice in the first inning, they broke out for eight runs in the second inning en route to a 12-9 win and a four-game sweep of the A's.
Stephen Vogt could be thankful for two things in the wake of being designated for assignment on Thursday. He didn’t have to catch a totally out-of-sync Jesse Hahn, and he didn’t have to suffer through yet another A’s defeat at the hands of the Houston Astros.
Charlie Morton logged two innings and threw 36 pitches for Class AAA Fresno on Thursday night in the first start of his minor league rehab assignment.
The Astros won their 50th game of the season on Thrusday afternoon, holding off an A’s rally for a 12-9 victory to compete a four-game sweep at Oakland Coliseum.
With Thursday’s 12-9 win over the A’s at the Coliseum, the Astros secured a four-game sweep and became the first Major League team to reach in the 50-win benchmark in 2017.
Four years doesn't seem all that long ago, until you think of where Houston was as a sports city this time back in 2013 — Matt Schaub was the Texans quarterback, the Rockets were preparing to fly virtually the whole organization to Los Angeles to woo Dwight Howard in free agency, and the Astros were in the middle of a 51-111 season.
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The headline I wanted was “Freddie Freeman might convert to third base, where he would flop,” but that seems rude.
Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper was a thing for a while there, until Trout made his case convincingly (and historically) clear. Harper vs. Manny Machado was looking pretty good, but, in 2017, with Harper putting up early MVP credentials and Machado starting slowly, it really hasn't been a topic worth debating.
Today’s MLB is full of tankers and contenders.
After a few years of decline, he might be the best reliever in baseball once again. Boston’s closer is better than ever.