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Astros Can’t Strike Deal With Top Pick

Astros Can’t Strike Deal With Top Pick

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For just the third time in history, the top pick in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft goes unsigned. The Houston Astros failed to reach a deal with left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken before Friday’s deadline.
The high school southpaw was originally offered a $6.5 million signing bonus, but sources say that offer was lowered when concerns about Aiken’s elbow ligament rose. Aiken was the third high school pitcher ever to be taken number one overall and was the first high school lefty to go in the top five since 2002.
The MLB players association has said the union is working with Aiken to explore all possible options, as well as looking into the way Houston handled negotiations with fifth-round pick Jacob Nix.
“Today, two young men should be one step closer to realizing their dreams of becoming Major League ballplayers,” Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA said in a statement. “Because of the actions of the Houston Astros, they are not. The MLBPA, the players and their advisers are exploring all legal options.”
The Astros have maintained that no wrongdoing occurred in the negotiations and that Aiken’s deal was “extremely fair considering all the factors involved in this case.”
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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs 104 – Miami Heat 87 (Spurs Win Series, 4-1)
World Cup: Group E: Switzerland 2 – Ecuador 1 
France 3 – Honduras 0 
Group F: Argentina 2 – Bosnia-Herzegovina 1
MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 5 (41-30) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (35-33) 
New York Mets 3 (31-38) – San Diego Padres 1 (29-40) 
Miami Marlins 3 (35-33) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (34-35) – 10 Innings
Chicago Cubs 3 (28-39) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (29-38)
Detroit Tigers 4 (36-29) – Minnesota Twins 3 (32-35)
St. Louis Cardinals 5 (37-32) – Washington Nationals 2 (35-33)
Kansas City Royals 6 (36-32) – Chicago White Sox 3 (33-37)
Cincinnati Reds 13 (33-35) – Milwaukee Brewers 4 (41-29)
Cleveland Indians 3 (35-35) – Boston Red Sox 2 (31-38) – 11 Innings
Tampa Bay Rays 4 (27-43) – Houston Astros 3 (32-39)
Seattle Mariners 5 (35-34) – Texas Rangers 1 (34-35)
Oakland Athletics 10 (42-27) – New York Yankees 5 (35-33)
Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (30-42) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (37-34)
Colorado Rockies 8 (34-35) – San Francisco Giants 7 (43-27)
Atlanta Braves 7 (36-32) – L.A. Angels 3 (37-31)
Golf: Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open.
NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson won the Michigan 400.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL Stanley Cup Final: Los Angeles Kings 5 – New York Rangers 4   2OT  (Kings lead series, 2-0)
MLB: St. Louis Cardinals 5 (32-31) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (38-25)
Minnesota Twins 8 (29-31) – Houston Astros 0 (27-36)
Cleveland Indians 8 (31-31) – Texas Rangers 3 (31-31)
Seattle Mariners 7 (32-29) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (24-39)
Colorado Rockies 5 (29-32) – Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (32-31) 10 Innings
Cincinnati Reds 6 (28-32) – Philadelphia Phillies 5 (25-35)
Milwaukee Brewers 9 (37-26) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (29-32)
Chicago Cubs 5 (25-34) – Miami Marlins 2 (32-30)
Baltimore Orioles 6 (31-29) – Oakland Athletics 3 (38-24)
Kansas City Royals 8 (30-32) – New York Yankees 4 (31-30)
Detroit Tigers 8 (33-25) – Boston Red Sox 6 (27-34)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (33-28) – Chicago White Sox 5 (31-32)
San Francisco Giants 5 (41-21) – New York Mets 4 (28-34)
Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (27-37) – Atlanta Braves 3 (32-28)
San Diego Padres 4 (28-34) – Washington Nationals 3 (31-29) 11 Innings
Horse Racing: Tonalist wins the 146th Belmont Stakes. California Chrome finishes in a tie for 4th.
IndyCar: Ed Carpenter wins the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway
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Astros Select Aiken with Top Pick

Astros Select Aiken with Top Pick

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(SECAUCUS, N.J.) — The Houston Astros drafted Brady Aiken with the number one overall pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday. Aiken, a high schooler from California, becomes just the third prep school pitcher ever taken with the top pick.
The 17-year-old southpaw, recruited by UCLA, has great command of three pitches including a fastball that tops out at 97 mph. A soon-to-be graduate of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, Aiken is the first high school lefty taken in the first five picks since 2002 when Baltimore drafted Adam Loewen with the fourth overall pick.
Houston became the first team ever to have three consecutive number one picks. The Miami Marlins selected high schooler Tyler Kolek, marking the first time two high school pitchers were taken with the top two picks in draft history. 
In total, 20 pitchers were drafted in the first round, tying the record set in 2001. The Chicago White Sox selected pitcher Carlos Rodon with the third overall pick. First baseman Kyle Schwarber was the first position player taken, drafted by the Chicago Cubs with the fourth selection, while Minnesota took shortstop Nick Gordon, rounding out the top five picks.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Final: San Antonio Spurs 110 – Miami Heat 95 (Spurs lead series, 1-0)
MLB: San Francisco Giants 6 (39-21) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (27-31)
New York Yankees 2 (30-29) – Oakland Athletics 1 (37-23)
Toronto Blue Jays 7 (37-24) – Detroit Tigers 3 (31-25)
Washington Nationals 4 (30-28) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (24-34)
Miami Marlins 11 (32-28) – Tampa Bay Rays 6 (23-38)
Chicago Cubs 7 (23-34) – New York Mets 4 (28-32)
Houston Astros 8 (26-35) – Los Angeles Angels 5 (31-28)
Kansas City Royals 3 (29-31) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (31-30)
Arizona Diamondbacks 12 (26-36) – Colorado Rockies 7 (28-31)
Milwaukee Brewers 8 (36-25) – Minnesota Twins 5 (28-30)
 
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Astros to Call Up Prospect Singleton

Astros to Call Up Prospect Singleton

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jon Singleton has signed a five-year, $10 million deal with the Houston Astros and hasn’t had a single at-bat in the Majors. Houston’s top prospect inked the contract on Monday and will be promoted to the big clu…

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/28/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/28/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) — NBA Eastern Conference Finals: Indiana Pacers 93 – Miami Heat 90 (Heat lead series, 3-2)
NHL Western Conference Final: Chicago Blackhawks 5 – Los Angeles Kings 4 (Kings lead series, 3-2)
MLB: New York Mets 5 (24-28) – Pittsburgh Pirates 0 (23-29)
Houston Astros 9 (22-32) – Kansas City Royals 3 (24-28)
San Francisco Giants 5 (34-19) – Chicago Cubs 0 (19-32)
Philadelphia Phillies 6 (23-27) – Colorado Rockies 3 (28-25)
Miami Marlins 8 (28-25) – Washington Nationals 5 (25-27) 10 Innings
Toronto Blue Jays 3 (32-22) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (23-31)
Boston Red Sox 4 (23-29) – Atlanta Braves 0 (28-24)
Chicago White Sox 3 (28-27) – Cleveland Indians 2 (24-30)
Texas Rangers 1 (27-26) – Minnesota Twins 0 (24-26)
New York Yankkes 7 (28-24) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (29-24)
Milwaukee Brewers 8 (32-22) – Baltimore Orioles 3 (26-25)
Seattle Mariners 3 (26-26) – Los Angeles Angels 1 (29-23)
Oakland Athletics 3 (32-21) – Detroit Tigers 1 (29-20)
Arizona Diamondbacks 12 (22-33) – San Diego Padres 6 (24-30)
Cincinnati Reds 3 (23-28) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (29-25)
 
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals: Indiana Pacers 107 – Miami Heat 96 (Indiana Leads Series, 1-0)
NHL Playoffs: Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks 3 – Los Angeles Kings 1 (Chicago Leads Series, 1-0)
MLB: Washington Nationals 6 (23-20) – New York Mets 3 (20-23)
Philadelphia Phillies 8 (19-22) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (19-23)
Oakland Athletics 13 (28-16) – Cleveland Indians 3 (19-25)
New York Yankees 4 (23-19) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (17-25) – Game 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (18-25) – New York Yankees 3 (23-20) – Game 2
Houston Astros 8 (16-28) – Chicago White Sox 2 (21-24)
Kansas City Royals 8 (22-21) – Baltimore Orioles 6 (22-20)
Seattle Mariners 6 (21-22) – Minnesota Twins 2 (21-21)
Chicago Cubs 4 (15-27) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (27-17)
Atlanta Braves 6 (23-19) – St. Louis Cardinals 5 (23-21)
Texas Rangers 6 (21-23) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (23-22) 
San Francisco Giants 4 (28-17) – Miami Marlins 1 (23-22)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (24-19) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (19-26)
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (18-28) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (23-22)
Colorado Rockies 8 (25-20) – San Diego Padres 6 (21-24) – 10 Innings
Detroit Tigers 6 (27-12) – Boston Red Sox 2 (20-23)
NASCAR: Sam Hornish Jr. won the Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway.
Indy500: Ed Carpenter won the pole for next weekend’s race.
Golf: Brendon Todd won the HP Byron Nelson Championship for his first PGA TOUR title.
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Farnsworth Signs With Astros

Farnsworth Signs With Astros

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Reliever Kyle Farnsworth signed a contract for the rest of the season with the Houston Astros Saturday.
The signing comes just days after the New York Mets released the 38-year-old Farnsworth.
“You’re talking about a guy who has experience as a closer,” Astros skipper Bo Porter said. “He’s pitched high-leverage innings the last 10 years of his career and he’s been here, he’s done it.”
He’s done it this year as well. Farnsworth pitched 17 innings for the Mets this season saving three games while compiling a 3.18 ERA and 10 strikeouts.
Farnsworth has 57 career saves.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/8/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/8/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals: Miami Heat 94 – Brooklyn Nets 82 (Heat lead series, 2-0)
San Antonio Spurs 114 – Portland Trail Blazers 97 (Spurs lead series, 2-0)
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs &nd…

Astros Snap Tigers’ 8-Game Winning Streak

Astros Snap Tigers’ 8-Game Winning Streak

Thinkstock(DETROIT) — Astros rookie George Springer belted his first career home run as Houston (11-24) took care of Detroit (20-10), 6-2, on Thursday to snap the Tigers’ eight-game winning streak.
Springer, a first-round draft pick of the Astro…

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/10/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Oakland Athletics 6 (6-3) – Minnesota Twins 1 (3-6)
New York Yankees 4 (5-5) – Boston Red Sox 1 (4-6)
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (6-3) – Chicago Cubs 4 (3-6)
Houston Astros 6 (4-6) – Toronto Blue …

Astros Outfielder Dexter Fowler Sent Home with Gastroenteritis

Astros Outfielder Dexter Fowler Sent Home with Gastroenteritis

Rob Fowler/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After a scorching start to the tenure with the Houston Astros, outfielder Dexter Fowler was sent home “indefinitely” with gastroenteritis, a stomach infection that has flu-like symptoms.
Fowler was hospitalized on F…

Astros Light Up Sabathia to Win Season Opener

Astros Light Up Sabathia to Win Season Opener

Bob Levey/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Houston Astros scored six runs in the first two innings off CC Sabathia en route to a 6-2 season opening win over the New York Yankees Tuesday. Jesus Guzman started the scoring for Houston when he blasted a two…

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (3-1) – San Diego Padres 2 (1-1)
Miami Marlins 4 (2-0) – Colorado Rockies 3 (0-2)
Houston Astros 6 (1-0) – New York Yankees 2 (0-1)
Atlanta Braves 5 (1-1) – Milwaukee …

Berkman Announces Retirement

Berkman Announces Retirement

Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Lance Berkman’s 15-year career is over. The 37-year-old, six-time All-Star announced Wednesday that he has retired from baseball. Berkman, who had two knee surgeries in 2012, only played in 7…

Reliever Jesse Crain Joining Astros

Reliever Jesse Crain Joining Astros

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Houston Astros agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent reliever Jesse Crain Tuesday.
The deal means the 32-year-old Crain is returning home. His family lives near Houston and Crain also went to c…

ESPN: Reliever Jose Veras Agrees to Deal with Cubs

ESPN: Reliever Jose Veras Agrees to Deal with Cubs

David Banks/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Reliever Jose Veras has agreed to a one-year, four million dollar deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to ESPNdeportes.com.ESPNdeportes.com reports the deal also includes a $5.5 million option and incentives. Vera…

Dexter Fowler Traded to Houston

Dexter Fowler Traded to Houston

Rob Carr/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Houston Astros acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler and a player to be named later from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for starting pitcher Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes Tuesday.
The 27-year-old Fow…

Houston To Host MLB’s Civil Rights Game

Houston To Host MLB’s Civil Rights Game

iStockphoto(HOUSTON) — The Houston Astros will play host to the Baltimore Orioles on May 30, 2014 in Major League Baseball’s annual Civil Rights Game.”The Civil Rights Game and its surrounding events are an opportunity not only for our game to h…

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