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Oakland105.667-6848203-37-20-04-26-38-2L 1
Arlington97.5626269-77-32-42-40-05-26-4W 3
Anaheim78.46738371123-64-20-00-05-75-5W 1
Seattle78.46736150112-35-50-00-07-83-7L 3
Houston511.3124574-293-72-43-30-32-52-8L 4

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Springer Has Been Sprung
added 04/17/2014 by Bob Hulsey
The player all of Astrodom has waited for finally made it to the majors.

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April 18 - This Date in Astros History
April 18 - This Date in Astros History
April 18

2006 - It took 44 years for Houston to reach the World Series; it takes 44 years for the Astros to return to the .500 mark as a franchise, standing 3,507-3,507 overall and 10-4 on the season with a 13-12 slugfest over Milwaukee. Adam Everett drives in four while Morgan Ensberg belts two homers to lead the attack. Brad Lidge gets the save after the Brewers rallied from an 11-2 deficit. Preston Wilson fans twice to reach seven consecutive strikeouts before grounding out and singling twice.
1998 - Sean Berry tags Miguel Batista for a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 triumph against Montreal. Craig Biggio scores his 891st career run, breaking Cesar Cedeno's franchise record.
1992 - Jeff Bagwell slams a two-run tenth-inning shot off Randy Myers to claim a 4-2 win over San Diego. Craig Biggio has four hits.
1972 - After the infamous eight-player trade that sent Joe Morgan to Cincinnati, Houston wins the first head-to-head matchup with the Reds, 8-4. Tommy Helms, part of the deal, homers off Don Gullett to spark the attack.
1966 - The first major league game on artificial turf is played in the Astrodome. Two future Hall-of-Famers face off. 21-year-old rookie Don Sutton stymies Robin Roberts and the Astros for a 6-3 Dodger win, the first of his career. The infield was carpeted with the Monsanto product Judge Roy Hofheinz dubbed "Astroturf". The outfield and foul grounds were still dirt but had the zippered sod installed after the homestand.

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Date      Opp      Result
4/01      NYY      W 6-2
4/02      NYY      W 3-1
4/03      NYY      L 4-2
4/04      ANA     L 11-1
4/05      ANA      L 5-1
4/06      ANA*     W 7-4
4/07      ANA*     L 9-1
4/08     @TOR      L 5-2
4/09     @TOR      L 7-3
4/10     @TOR      W 6-4
4/11     @TEX      L 1-0
4/12     @TEX      W 6-5
4/13     @TEX*     L 1-0
4/14      off        --
4/15      KC       L 4-2
4/16      KC       L 6-4
4/17      KC       L 5-1
4/18     @OAK       ----
4/19     @OAK*      ----
4/20     @OAK*      ----
4/21     @SEA       ----
4/22     @SEA       ----
4/23     @SEA*      ----
4/24      OAK       ----
4/25      OAK       ----
4/26      OAK       ----
4/27      OAK*      ----
4/28      off        --
4/29      WSH       ----
4/30      WSH       ----
* - day game.

April record:  5-11

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Houston Astros recap - 04/18/14 - Shields Silences Astros For KC Sweep
Shields Silences Astros For KC Sweep

Altuve: Flips bat after strikeout
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The Kansas City Royals came to Houston with the league's worst record. They left town having swept their replacement. Veteran James Shields saw to that Thursday as he fanned 12 over eight innings as he flung a 5-1 KC Masterpiece over the Astros who suffered their fourth straight loss.

Scott Feldman finally looked like the pitcher the Astros figured they had signed, allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits and a walk over six innings. Not really a bad outing but not good enough with this type of run support. Anthony Bass tossed three hitless innings in relief.

Houston's only run came in the fifth when Chris Carter walked and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly. The Astros could amass just five hits, all singles. Newcomer George Springer had one of them in four trips to the plate.

Despite the off-season talk of improvement, the 5-11 Astros now find themselves on a pace for (gulp) 51 wins.

Things don't seem likely to improve this weekend when they travel to Oakland to begin a six-game West Coast swing against the division-leading Athletics. Jarred Cosart (1-1) will get the first test in a 9:05 Central red-eye start against Sonny Gray (2-0) who sports a 0.95 ERA. Fortunately for fans who keep regular hours, both Saturday and Sunday will feature afternoon contests.

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Royals complete sweep of host Astros - Reuters
Shields strikes out 12 as Royals sweep Astros 5-1 - Kansas City Star
Feldman is a bright spot in Astros rotation - Rant Sports
Astros swept without a fight - Climbing Tal's Hill
Astros missing pieces, get swept by Royals - Crawfish Boxes
Preview: Astros at Athletics - Sports Xchange
Astros still trying to stabilize bullpen - Sports Xchange
Shields strikes out 12, Royals sweep Astros 5-1 - Associated Press
Astrosí losing streak hits four after being swept by Royals - Houston Chronicle
Valdes finally gets his shot in bullpen - Houston Chronicle
Porter unhappy with Dominguezís running blunder - Houston Chronicle
Scouting report: Astros at Oakland Athletics - Houston Chronicle
Still ailing, Qualls returns to team after being out two days - Houston Chronicle
Cosart leads Astros into series opener in Oakland - Astros.com
Astros unable to get bats going against Shields - Astros.com
Springer settling in to life in the major leagues - Astros.com
Astros option Chapman, call up Valdes - Astros.com
Porter, Qualls and Keuchel getting over flu-like bug - Astros.com
Shields Silences Astros For KC Sweep
- Astros Daily
Springer Has Been Sprung - Astros Daily
Astros aim to avoid sweep by Royals - Sports Network
Astros make serious blunder by sending down Grossman - Rant Sports
Closer situation for Astros is very frustrating - Rant Sports
Astros have no reason not to call up Jon Singleton - Rant Sports
Astros must find some way to score without home runs - Rant Sports
Springer has sprung - CBS Sports
Astros call up George Springer - UConn Huskies
The promise of George Springer - Outside Corner
xBABIP and the impending Astros offensive explosion - Crawfish Boxes
Preview: Royals at Astros - Reuters
Peacock to replace Harrell in rotation - Climbing Tal's Hill
Future starts now for Astros - Sports Network
Springer is now a major leaguer, rejoice Astros fans - Climbing Tal's Hill
Royals Crown Houston In Extras
- Astros Daily
Recap: Houston vs. Kansas City - Sports Network
Springerís debut yields familiar result with extra-inning loss to Royals - Houston Chronicle
Big day an emotional one for Springer family - Houston Chronicle
Royals stop Astros in Springer's debut - CSN Houston
Astros fall thanks to faulty bullpen - Climbing Tal's Hill
Royals 6, Astros 4: George Springer Day is ruined - Crawfish Boxes
Royals 6, Astros 4 (11) - Reuters
Homer by Moustakas lifts Royals over Astros 6-4 - Associated Press
Former UConn star George Springer to debut for Astros - Associated Press
Royals rally, beat Astros 6-4 in 11 innings - Kansas City Star
Bandits put in extra work again in win over Whitecaps - Quad City Times
Maxwell played with Astros phenom Springer in minors - Astros.com
Video: George Springerís first major league hit - NBC Sports
Meet George Springer, UConn alum and (maybe) Houston Astros savior - Sportz Edge
Learn the name: George Springer, Astros top prospect with big expectations - Yahoo! Sports
Astrosí embarrassing mistake regarding Springer - Houston Chronicle
Springerís first day as a pro is a whirlwind - Houston Chronicle
Porter on departing Grossman, Harrell - Houston Chronicle
Feldman set to start on Thursday - Houston Chronicle
Peacock gets spot in rotation - Houston Chronicle
Castro back at catcher - Houston Chronicle
Photos: George Springerís MLB debut - Houston Chronicle
Springer tries to stay calm amid lofty expectations - Astros.com
Justice: Springer's debut significant for Astros - Astros.com
Porter wins challenge in tight game vs. KC - Astros.com
Peacock gets opportunity to join rotation - Astros.com
Luhnow: Hot-hitting Singleton staying in Triple-A - Astros.com
Why was George Springer promoted now? - Houston Chronicle
Why no Jon Singleton yet? Check back on April 19 - Houston Chronicle
George Springer to start in RF, bat second - Houston Chronicle
What can we expect from George Springer? - Crawfish Boxes
Grossman optioned to OKC; Harrell DFA'd - Crawfish Boxes
Springer call-up just the beginning - SportsRadio 610
Springer brings power/speed combination to the majors - USA Today
Crane on Springer: 'Hopefully he'll add a little spark' - Houston Chronicle
Ryan: Springer the type of kid you get excited about - SportsRadio 610
Springer call-up represents change in plans - SportsRadio 610
10 things to know about George Springer - Houston Chronicle
Luhnow: 'Guys that donít produce arenít going to stick around' - Houston Chronicle
Springer set for big league debut vs. Royals - Sports Network
Jon Singleton and Max Stassi watch - Climbing Tal's Hill
Minor league recap - Crawfish Boxes
Did the Astros get strong-armed into the Springer promotion? - MLB Daily Dish
Feldman finds comfort at ballpark - Houston Chronicle
The Astros are calling up George Springer - NBC Sports
Preview: Royals at Astros - Reuters
Houston Astros - PlayerWatch - Reuters
Astros call up highly touted prospect Springer - Astros.com
Royals-Astros preview - STATS
Changes Follow Loss To Royals
- Astros Daily
Harrell acknowledged ďbad pitchesĒ instead of bad luck before DFA - Houston Chronicle
Astros to call up George Springer - Crawfish Boxes
Springer on way to Houston - Astros.com
Astros to promote George Springer to majors - MLB Daily Dish
Springer has been called up to the Astros! - Climbing Tal's Hill
George Springer gets the call heís been waiting for - Houston Chronicle
Recap: Houston vs. Kansas City - Sports Network
Recap: Royals 4, Astros 2 - Sports Xchange
Arlington Rangers tried to buy RedHawks, according to report - The Oklahoman
Ventura shuts down Astros as Royals cruise to victory - Houston Chronicle
Castro to DH in Astros-Royals series opener - Houston Chronicle
Feldman on track to make scheduled start on Thursday - Houston Chronicle
Harrell struggles and Astros can't keep up with Royals - Astros.com
Sore foot limits Castro to DH duties - Astros.com
Fowler still recovering from bout with flu - Astros.com
Feldman to make next start after death of father - Astros.com
Royals at Astros series preview - Climbing Tal's Hill
Strong start for Feldman - House of Houston
McGrady makes his pitch as Skeeters open camp - Houston Chronicle
Royals turn to Ventura to snap skid in Houston - Sports Network
How much will it cost your family to attend an MLB game - Houston Chronicle
Texas minor league team may switch back to Astros, report says - Houston Business Journal
Vince Velasquez bringing the heat, and a curve, to Class A Lancaster - Houston Chronicle
Astros host Royals - Houston Chronicle
Harrell hoping to slice into 11.05 ERA - Houston Chronicle
Hitter of the week - Crawfish Boxes
Springer, Singleton lead talented minor league club - Houston Chronicle
Itís likely too soon to promote any promising Astros prospects - Houston Chronicle
Minor league recap - Crawfish Boxes
Preview: Royals at Astros - Reuters
Minor league recap - House of Houston
Royals head to Houston looking to grab first road win of the season - Associated Press
Prospects in Oklahoma City quickly hit their stride - Houston Chronicle
Astros' defense is much smarter in 2014 - Climbing Tal's Hill
Velasquez leads stellar staff at Astros' Lancaster affiliate - Houston Chronicle
Astros' 'shifting' philosophy paying dividends - Astros.com
Will Express make a major league switch this fall? - Culture Map
Where's the offense? - House of Houston
Royals-Astros preview - STATS
Round Rock Express may bolt Rangers for Astros, report says - Dallas Business Journal
Astros and Aramark extend food and beverage partnership - Astros.com
Why Houston should demand more from the Astros - Crawfish Boxes
Astros, Rangers affiliate shifts likely at end of season? - Ballpark Digest
Feldman pitches with a heavy heart - Nolan Writin'
Minor league recap - Crawfish Boxes
Astros waste spectacular performance by Oberholtzer - House of Houston
Does no progress in CSN Houston mediation effort really mean no progress? - Houston Press
Astros Blanked Again In 1-0 Loss
- Astros Daily
Astros drop series with another 1-0 loss to Arlington - Associated Press
RedHawks' Santana ties, then wins game - MiLB.com
Rangers nip Astros in AL West battle - Sports Network
Perez goes 8 scoreless as Rangers blank Astros - Sports Xchange
RedHawks return to unique eight-man pitching rotation - The Oklahoman
Rangers win second 1-0 game of series against Astros - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Astros offense takes another day off - Climbing Tal's Hill
Houston Astros - PlayerWatch - Reuters
Astros bats spoil Oberholtzer's strong outing - Crawfish Boxes
AAA team headed back to Round Rock? - Crawfish Boxes
Astros drop series finale with Rangers in 1-0 pitchersí duel - Houston Chronicle
After hot start, Dexter Fowler in midst of cold streak - Houston Chronicle
Oberholtzer's strong start not enough against Rangers - Astros.com
Astros' challenge results in overturned call at first - Astros.com
Hoes looks forward to wearing Robinson's 42 - Astros.com
Astros tab Harrell to open set against Royals - Astros.com
Astros showing efficiency on bases - Astros.com
Porter not panicking over offensive struggles - Astros.com
Men of steal: Astros showing stellar improvement at swiping bases - Houston Chronicle
Checking in on the farm: Jonathan Singleton - House of Houston
Astros at Rangers preview - Crawfish Boxes
Preview: Astros at Rangers - Reuters
Astros getting more than expected from Feldman - Rant Sports
Astros eye rare series win over Rangers - Sports Network
Astros minor league recap - Crawfish Boxes
Houston Astros - PlayerWatch - Reuters
Villar flashes the leather against Rangers - Crawfish Boxes
Astros even series with Rangers; Win 6-5 in the 10th - Crawfish Boxes
Astros-Rangers preview - STATS
Cosart & Co. rewarded as Astros win in 10 - Houston Chronicle
Astros will be better, but just how much? - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Castro Rescues Astros In 10th, 6-5
- Astros Daily
Astros finally solve Rangers in extras - Sports Network
Astros get rare win over Rangers - Climbing Tal's Hill
Astros 6, Rangers 5 (10) - Sports Xchange
Astros hang on for 6-5 victory over Rangers - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Jose Altuve makes over-the-shoulder-sliding catch - Crawfish Boxes
Job for Astros' video review team is to see it like umps will call it - Houston Chronicle
RedHawks start season with several top Astros prospects - The Oklahoman
Astros top Rangers in 10th inning - Houston Chronicle
For three, chance of playing 162 is still alive - Houston Chronicle
Astros call up Paul Clemens, Feldman placed on bereavement list - Houston Chronicle
Astros lose lead in ninth, pull out victory in 10 - Astros.com
Carter waiting on power surge - Astros.com
Astros add Clemens to bolster bullpen - Astros.com
Porter on board with Altuve playing in all 162 - Astros.com
Cosart looks to bounce back against the Rangers - Astros.com
Astros call up Clemens, Feldman placed on bereavement list - Houston Chronicle
Is the Astros bullpen better than last year? - Climbing Tal's Hill
No resolution comes from mediation session between Astros, Comcast and Rockets - Houston Chronicle
Astros worth the gamble against Rangers - Sporting News
Astros-Rangers preview - STATS
Astros weekend links - Climbing Tal's Hill
Minor league recap - Crawfish Boxes
Astros fall just short in extras - Crawfish Boxes
Preview: Astros at Rangers - Sports Xchange
Astros fall in a pitchers' duel - Climbing Tal's Hill
Houston Astros - TeamReport - Reuters
Houston Astros - PlayerWatch - Reuters
Astros, grieving Feldman fall to Rangers in 12-inning affair - Houston Chronicle
Zeid's arm spray draws review from MLB - Houston Chronicle
Bo Porter is a hugger - Crawfish Boxes

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