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7/10/2014 | It's a Windy City sweep: Sale, Rizzo win Final Vote

White Sox ace Chris Sale and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo made Chicago proud on Thursday with a Windy City sweep, winning the 13th annual All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian after 92 hours of relentless fan balloting.

7/10/2014 | Final Vote has ended, results coming soon

The All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian went down to the wire before it ended today, and anything can happen as Twitter voting joined the tens of millions of votes cast in the competition to fill the final roster spots on the AL and NL All-Star teams that will play the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday. The winners will be revealed soon on

7/10/2014 | Feldman leads Astros against Red Sox in opener

The defending World Series champion Red Sox make their only visit to Minute Maid Park this season to open a three-game series on Friday vs. Scott Feldman and the Astros.

7/9/2014 | Astros jump on Darvish to complete sweep of Rangers

Yu Darvish, who has dominated Houston in his career and nearly threw a perfect game against them last year, was rocked for 10 hits and six runs in six innings as the Astros polished off a rare sweep of the Rangers with an 8-4 win Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

7/9/2014 | Rangers lose replay challenge in sixth vs. Astros

Rangers manager Ron Washington unsuccessfully challenged a play in the sixth inning of the Rangers-Astros matchup.

7/9/2014 | Springer impersonates Superman with highlight catch

Astros high-flying rookie center fielder George Springer made the kind of catch that Superman would have applauded when he crashed into the wall in the third inning of Wednesday's game at Globe Life Park to corral a fly ball off the bat of the Rangers' Alex Rios.

7/9/2014 | Altuve credits Mallee for breakthroughs at plate

If Jose Altuve had his way, he'd be taking Astros hitting coach John Mallee to the All-Star Game with him. Altuve is so appreciative of what Mallee has done for him that he gave him the bat he used to get his 500th career hit earlier this year.

7/9/2014 | Astros to evaluate McHugh's status after Thursday

The Astros are expected to wait until right-hander Collin McHugh throws in the bullpen Thursday at Minute Maid Park to determine whether they'll go ahead and allow him to make his next start, scheduled for Saturday against the Red Sox.

7/9/2014 | Castro out of Astros' lineup, but feeling better

Astros catcher Jason Castro felt good enough to play Wednesday, but manager Bo Porter kept him out of the starting lineup against the Rangers for a third consecutive game after he came down Sunday night with an undiagnosed pain in his left armpit.

7/8/2014 | Astros lose challenge as call at second base confirmed

The Astros challenged second-base umpire Adam Hamari's call that George Springer was out as he slid into the bag in the seventh inning of the Astros' matchup with the Rangers Tuesday.

7/8/2014 | Castro improving, available to pinch-hit

Astros catcher Jason Castro, who missed Monday's game with a mysterious pain in his left armpit, was improved Tuesday and did some hitting in the batting cage. Castro said he felt well enough that he was available to pinch-hit.

7/8/2014 | Grossman looking to keep hot bat going

Astros manager Bo Porter joked Tuesday that outfielder Robbie Grossman should wear his Triple-A Oklahoma City uniform under his Astros uniform in an effort to try to keep the hot bat going that he had in the Minor Leagues.

7/8/2014 | Veras, umpire exchange words

Veteran relief pitcher Jose Veras said he didn't appreciate the way umpire Bill Miller shouted at him to hurry to the mound when he came from the bullpen in the ninth inning Tuesday, which led to a postgame verbal altercation between the two.

7/8/2014 | Liberman selected as All-Star Teacher

Carol Liberman, who's been a teacher for more than 40 years in the Houston area, has been chosen by fans to represent the Astros in the Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers" campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities.

7/8/2014 | Keuchel needs help from fans to catch up in Final Vote

Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel, who owns one of baseball's best beards -- and stat lines -- was in fifth place among five pitchers in the first voting totals released Monday for the Final Vote to determine the last spot on the American League All-Star team. Voting continues through Thursday.

7/8/2014 | Bryant, Betts highlight First-Half All-Prospect team has put together a First-Half All-Prospect team, featuring the prospects who performed the best during the first few months of the 2014 season. The list includes Cubs 2013 first-round Draft pick Kris Bryant and a trio of Red Sox, led by Mookie Betts.

7/8/2014 | Sale, Morneau leading close Final Vote races

Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau and White Sox pitcher Chris Sale, two veterans who played key roles in past All-Star victories, were each leading tight races after the first 36 hours of balloting in the All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian.

7/8/2014 | Rangers' Irwin ready for new chance vs. Astros

Phil Irwin makes his second Major League start Tuesday night as the Rangers take on Brad Peacock and the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park.

7/8/2014 | Presley lands on DL at inopportune time

The Astros have placed outfielder Alex Presley on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique and have recalled outfielder Robbie Grossman from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

7/7/2014 | Astros use big inning to get back on winning track

The Astros erupted for six runs and seven hits in the second inning -- both season highs for an inning -- and snapped a season-long seven-game losing streak by outslugging the Rangers, 12-7, in the series opener Monday night at Globe Life Park.

7/7/2014 | Astros using social media to support Keuchel

If you follow the Astros on just about any social media platform, you know the team is pushing relentlessly in its quest to get left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel some help to win a spot in the All-Star Game.

7/7/2014 | Review helps Altuve tie, then break, club mark

All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve broke Bob Watson's Astros record for hits prior to the All-Star break with 124 in Monday night's game against the Rangers, but not without a little help from instant replay.

7/7/2014 | Fowler could be activated later this week

Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler, who's been on the disabled list since June 27 with a right intercostal strain, rejoined the club Monday at Globe Life Park and began some light hitting in the cage with hopes of being activated later this week.

7/7/2014 | Castro unable to play with pain in left arm

Astros catcher Jason Castro was unable to play Monday after suffering a strange pain in his left armpit area. He said the pain began late Sunday when the team landed in Dallas and the area was still sore Monday.

7/7/2014 | Crane: Astros closing in on new Spring Training facility

Astros owner Jim Crane said Monday the team is "pretty far down the line" in its plans to finalize a deal to build a new two-team Spring Training facility near the intersection of Haverhill Road and 45th Street in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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