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Team W L Pct GB RS RA Diff Home Road East Cent West L10 Streak
x-Anaheim9864.605-77363014352-2946-3519-1424-943-333-7L 3
y-Oakland (E)8874.5431072957215748-3340-4120-1217-1738-385-5W 1
Seattle (E)8775.537116345548041-4046-3518-1519-1441-355-5W 4
Houston (E)7092.43228629723-9438-4332-4916-1814-1835-413-7L 2
Arlington (E)6795.41431637773-13633-4834-4710-2314-1933-437-3L 1

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October 30 - This Date in Astros History
October 30 - This Date in Astros History
October 30

1997 - Five years to the day after officially acquiring the ballclub, owner Drayton McLane, Jr. is on hand for groundbreaking ceremonies on a new downtown stadium. It's tentatively named the "Ballpark at Union Station" where the former train depot was located. The stadium is funded in a number of ways and the sale of naming rights will be part of the process.
1962 - Mark Portugal is born in Los Angeles, CA. The righthander spends five of his 15 big league seasons in Houston, compiling a 52-30 record with one save and a 3.34 ERA while watching the club change from a veteran contender to a young rebuilding club from 1989 to 1993.

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Date      Opp      Result
9/01      off        --
9/02      ANA      W 8-3
9/03      ANA      W 4-1
9/04      off        --
9/05     @OAK      W 4-3
9/06     @OAK*     L 4-3
9/07     @OAK*     W 4-3
9/08     @SEA      L 4-1
9/09     @SEA      W 2-1
9/10     @SEA      W 5-2
9/11      off        --
9/12     @ANA     L 11-3
9/13     @ANA      L 5-2
9/14     @ANA*     W 6-1
9/15      CLE      W 3-1
9/16      CLE      L 4-2
9/17      CLE      L 2-0
9/18      CLE      L 2-1
9/19      SEA     L 10-5
9/20      SEA     W 10-1
9/21      SEA*     W 8-3
9/22     @TEX      L 4-3
9/23     @TEX      L 2-1
9/24     @TEX      L 5-1
9/25      off        --
9/26     @NYM      W 3-1
9/27     @NYM      L 2-1
9/28     @NYM*     L 8-3
* - day game.

April record:   9-19
May record:    15-14
June record:   12-15
July record:    8-17
August record: 15-14
Sept record:   11-13

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Houston Astros recap - 10/30/14 - TV Deal Approved By Bankruptcy Judge
TV Deal Approved By Bankruptcy Judge
Astros Fans Will ROOT Via New Network

Crane: New era for Astros
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It took longer than most pregnancies but fans of the Astros and Rockets will soon have more options for watching their favorite teams. Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur approved the reorganization of CSN-Houston, handing it to a partnership between DirecTV and AT&T which will rebrand the network as ROOT Sports Houston.

Customers of AT&T U-Verse and DirecTV will soon be able to see the new network, most likely sometime in November. Customers of Comcast, by agreement, will continue to get the network although many of the programs and faces may change.

The Astros and Rockets were part-owners with Comcast in the previous network, drawn up by Comcast executives, Rockets owner Les Alexander and former Astros owner Drayton McLane. McLane sold his portion to current Astros owner Jim Crane when he sold the Astros to Crane's group in November, 2012. The network launched just a couple of months earlier.

In the new arrangement, the Astros and Rockets will have no ownership stake but will sign over broadcast rights to the new network for a fee. Once the ink dries on the rights contract, you can expect the Astros to begin spending more like other big league teams. Houston has had the lowest team payroll the past two seasons.

Still left on the docket is Crane's suit claiming fraud on the part of McLane and Comcast. That one my be quietly dropped if Crane is satisfied with the terms of the bankruptcy deal. It seemed like a weak case when it was filed and the passage of time has not improved the rationale behind it. The CSN arrangement may have been doomed to fail but a shrewd businessman like Crane should have done the due diligence at the time of sale to realize it could not work.

While the bankruptcy ruling is major news, there are still hurdles that need to be cleared, both legal and contractual. Still to be determined is whether ROOT will be able to make contracts with satellite carrier Dish TV and cable carriers like Time Warner Cable and Suddenlink. Part of the failure of CSN-H was its inability to make deals with other carriers.

This, then, becomes an important off-season for Crane, GM Jeff Luhnow and the Houston front office as they continue to mature their young prospects while being able to add some veteran pieces to the roster. Suddenly, a .500 team in 2015 seems at least possible.

- Bob Hulsey

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Villar, Santana, Petit playing in winter ball - Houston Chronicle
Oddsmakers donít see Astros winning 2015 World Series - Houston Chronicle
Don't forget about Astros' plight when thinking about Royals - Houston Chronicle
Could the Astros possibly remove Tal's Hill? - Climbing Tal's Hill
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Catching up with former Hook Wladimir Sutil - KZTV-TV
Final arguments Thursday in CSN Houston bankruptcy case - Houston Chronicle
Astros should consider trading Fowler - Rant Sports
You didn't like Tal's Hill until it might be going away - Crawfish Boxes
Peacock has hip surgery - Crawfish Boxes
Hinch watches AFL action, meets with prospects - Astros.com
Astros' Velasquez backed by offense in AFL win - Astros.com
Luhnow shares fond memories of Taveras - Astros.com
Mending Peacock may miss start of 2015 season - Astros.com
Astros' Perez named to AFL Fall Stars roster - Astros.com
Astros to explore changing Talís Hill for 2016 - Houston Chronicle
Peacock to miss start of spring training after hip surgery - Houston Chronicle
Workouts begin at MMP - Houston Chronicle
Another delay in CSN Houston bankruptcy case - Houston Chronicle
What the Charlie Gonzalez hiring could mean - Crawfish Boxes
Guzman signs with Japanese team - NBC Sports
Appel's AFL scoreless inning streak ends - Corpus Christi Hooks
Quad Cities offense review - Crawfish Boxes
AFL update - Crawfish Boxes
As the CSN Houston bankruptcy case continues Ö and continues - Houston Chronicle
Guzman inks $1 million deal in Japan - Houston Chronicle
Coaching Staff Taking Shape - Astros Daily
Carp finalize deal with first baseman Guzman - Japan Times
Fowler to join Altuve for Japan tour - Houston Chronicle
Hinch to make an appearance at AFL - Houston Chronicle
Garner, Pence fondly remember time together with Astros - Houston Chronicle
Passion for winning still defines Pence's game - Houston Chronicle
Ex-baseball All-Star returns to alma mater Rice - The Eagle

Coaching Staff Taking Shape
added 10/26/2014 by Greg Thurston
Transitioning to a team with expectations, the Astros build a new crew of coaches.

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