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Houston Astros News
Texas Rangers fans send signals to Houston Astros (Auburn Citizen)
AL West News
Streaky Rangers have returned in ALCS, for better or worse (Dallas Morning News)
The Texas Rangers did not lose to the Houston Astros because of a roof, or an umpire (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Oakland group, co-founders that want to redevelop Coliseum site face lawsuit (The Business Journals
Houston Astros Birthdays
RHP José Veras (43) pitched 76 times in relief for Houston in 2013 and 2014. He was 4-4 with 20 saves, a 2.97 ERA and 81 K’s in 75 2⁄3 innings, with a 1.110 WHIP.
C Daniel Castro (20) just completed his second season in the DSL, where he has hit .199 with sporadic power, sneaky speed, and a 24 percent CS rate.
RHP Zack Grienke (40) sits 21 strikeouts short of the 3000 mark, and had a winning percentage of .655 or better with five of his six major league clubs, including Houston from 2019 through 2021. For the Astros, he was 22-10 with a 3.89 ERA over 51 starts and one relief appearance. He had a 1.141 WHIP and struck out 239 over his 300 2⁄3 innings with the team.
1B/LF Franklin Stubbs (63) played a career high 146 games for Houston in 1990, slashing .261/334/.475 with a 124 OPS+ and 23 jacks with 71 RBI. He also stole 19 bases and provided solid (if unremarkable) defense at two positions.
2B Keith Drumright (1954-2010) appeared for 17 games for the 1978 Astros club, going nine-for-55 at the plate.
C Ron Davis (1941-1992) caught 200 games for Houston between 1962 and 1968, where he put up a .239/.293/.345 line with 10 home runs and 70 RBI.
RHP Matt Ruppenthal (28) has yet to get to the majors. In 2023, he was 4-2 with a 6.13 ERA between Double- and Triple-A. His statline in the Arizona Fall League is very impressive. After 10 1⁄3 innings, he’s struck out 15 and allowed only two hits.
OF/IF Brian Bixler (41) played 36 games for the 2012 Astros, hitting .193 with a pair of jacks and seven RBI.
CF Gerald Young (59) appeared 605 times for Houston between 1987 and 1992, and hit .246/.330/.302 with 153 stolen bases.
LHP Frank DiPino (67) was 13-25 with a 3.65 ERA for Houston in 201 games between 1982 and 1986. DiPino struck out 233 over 291 1⁄3 innings, with a 1.304 WHIP and a 3.30 FIP.
RHP Cecil Upshaw (1942-1995) came into 35 games in relief for the 1973 Astros. Over 38 1⁄3 innings, he struck out 21 and pitched to a 3.74 FIP and a 1.383 WHIP.
Left-side infielder Cristian Gonzalez (22) hit .227 in 104 games for the High-A Asheville Tourists in 2022. This year, he was limited to seven appearances at the rookie level with the FCL club, where he was seven-for-25 with two home runs and five RBI.