Mike Fiers struck out 11 through seven innings Sunday afternoon, and Nori Aoki's two-run double and adventurous baserunning by Jake Marisnick and Jose Altuve lifted the Astros to a 5-3 win over the Twins before 38,253 at Minute Maid Park.
Houston's speed and savvy put the visitors in tough spots where they fell short.
Collin McHugh pitched six innings and allowed only an unearned run for Class AA Corpus Christi in his final rehab start Sunday night.
Joe Musgrove, quite possibly, is throwing too many strikes, believe it or no
The Astros' left-handed ace, Dallas Keuchel, is scheduled to start on Monday.
But Altuve also has been on teams that lost 100 or more games in successive seasons. Again: same team, different leagues. Altuve, the leading hitter in the American League at .347, actually was on three straight 100-loss clubs with the Astros from 2011-13. He will never forget.
Around the League
The MLB Trade Deadline went from snoozy to a doozy quickly in recent days. It started Thursday with the Cubs and White Sox making an unusual crosstown deal in the Jose Quintana trade and continued Sunday, when the Nationals addressed a little-known, rarely discussed* need by acquiring some bullpen help in the form of Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson.
There are some really bad contracts in MLB right now. And even worse than Sandoval’s, somehow.
The scale of it, man. The scale of it.
After the latest chapter of Aaron Judge’s breakout season — a dominant Home Run Derby performance that was as impressive in its ease as it was in its raw power — the New York Yankees right fielder seems poised to take over as baseball’s elusive superstar ambassador.
After winning their first World Series title in 108 years, the Cubs have lost seemingly all the qualities that made their 2016 season special. Can the North Siders turn it around in the second half?