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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 SingletonMike 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 – 5/8/14Getty 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 StreakThinkstock(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 – 4/10/14Hemera/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 GastroenteritisRob 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 OpenerBob 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 RetirementEliot 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 AstrosRon 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 CubsDavid 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 HoustonRob 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 GameiStockphoto(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...

N.Y. Yankees Edge Past Houston, 2-1 Behind Pettitte’s Complete Game

N.Y. Yankees Edge Past Houston, 2-1 Behind Pettitte’s Complete GameJim McIsaac/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte tossed a complete game in the final start of his career in New York’s 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday. It was his 26th career complete game.The 41-year-old le...

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/4/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/4/13Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: New York Mets 5 (63-75) - Atlanta Braves 2 (85-54) Houston Astros 6 (46-93) - Minnesota Twins 5 (61-77) Chicago Cubs 9 (59-80) - Miami Marlins 7 (52-86) Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (70-68) - Toronto Blue ...

Darvish K’s Career-High 15 as Rangers Top Astros

Darvish K’s Career-High 15 as Rangers Top AstrosRonald Martinez/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Yu Darvish didn't allow a hit until the eighth inning and struck out a career-high 15, leading the Texas Rangers past the Houston Astros 2-1 on Monday.Darvish went eight innings allowing one hit and one walk a...
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