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11/21/2014 | Back to school: Berkman hits the books at Rice

A year after retiring from the big leagues, Lance Berkman has returned to his alma mater Rice University, looking to earn a kinesiology degree next summer.

11/20/2014 | Astros lose Zeid to Tigers on waiver claim

The Astros lost right-handed reliever Josh Zeid to the Tigers via waivers on Thursday, the day they had to set their roster to protect players from being taken in the Rule 5 Draft in December.

11/20/2014 | Astros add trio to roster for Rule 5 Draft protection

The Astros added infielder Ronnie Torreyes and right-handed pitcher Vincent Velasquez to their 40-man roster on Thursday, which was the deadline to set rosters and protect players them from being selected in next month's Rule 5 Draft.

11/20/2014 | Tigers claim Zeid from Astros, designate Carrera

The Tigers' search for bullpen help led them to the waiver wire on the day Major League teams have to set their 40-man rosters. Josh Zeid isn't the big-name signing that many expect the Tigers to make, but he's the kind of waiver claim they often seek out at this time of year.

11/20/2014 | Tigers had talks with Astros about acquiring a catcher

The Tigers picked up the club option on Alex Avila's contract earlier this week, but they remain in the news surrounding catching. While Major League sources confirmed a report from that Detroit had talks with the Astros about their catching surplus, the source said talks ended with the Tigers moving on.

11/20/2014 | Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.

11/20/2014 | Altuve puts final touches on impressive Japan trip

After hitting .429 in the official five-game Japan All-Star Series, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve added another hit and another run scored in Thursday's exhibition game, MLB's final contest before heading back to the States.

11/19/2014 | Astros will wait until deadline to complete 40-man roster

The Astros have until 10:59 p.m. CT Thursday to decide who will they protect from the Rule 5 Draft, and they plan to use as much time as necessary to submit their 40-man roster.

11/19/2014 | MLB's last off-day in Japan loaded with culture, goodwill

Since they arrived in Japan 10 days ago, the squad of MLB All-Stars have been greeted warmly at every stop and they've embarked on a series of goodwill visits that have impacted them as much as the locals.

11/18/2014 | Astros, Presley agree on $1 million deal

The Astros avoided arbitration with outfielder Alex Presley by signing him to a one-year, $1 million contract on Tuesday.

11/18/2014 | Altuve's hot bat can't be contained in Japan

Jose Altuve began the Japan All-Star Series on the bench, but he finished it as one of the MLB All-Stars' hottest hitters.

11/17/2014 | Astros games to air on ROOT Sports Southwest

Astros games will begin airing next year on ROOT Sports Southwest regional sports network, which made its debut Monday. The network will also be home to games for the NBA's Houston Rockets.

11/17/2014 | Orbit a hit with locals in Tokyo

Astros mascot Orbit has entertained locals and made new friends while checking out the sites on adventures at the Japan All-Star Series.

11/16/2014 | Altuve plays catalyst in MLB's first win in Japan

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve did a little bit of everything in the MLB squad's 6-1 win over Samurai Japan in Game 4 of the Japan All-Star Series on Sunday at the Tokyo Dome.

11/15/2014 | Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. Here are the development highlights from the AFL's 23rd season for all 30 big league organizations.

11/14/2014 | Top prospects face off in Arizona Fall League title game

You'll always remember where you first saw them. The Arizona Fall League has served as an incubation field for some of the best young players in the Major Leagues, and the next generation of prospects will have a chance to introduce themselves to a national audience in today's title game.

11/14/2014 | Astros impressed with Appel's Fall League stint

Mark Appel's promising performance with the Salt River Rafters, which he capped by allowing three hits, a solo homer and a walk while striking out four batters in five innings on Wednesday, was a great sign for the Astros.

11/14/2014 | MLB stars take part in Japanese tea ceremony

A day after arriving to Tokyo from Osaka via bullet train, Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler, Cardinals reliever Randy Choate and Angels pitcher Hector Santiago participated in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony on Friday, several hours before their game against the Japanese National Team at the Tokyo Dome.

11/13/2014 | Eli Young Band set to play Minute Maid Park

Country music will take over Minute Maid Park for Saturday's Eli Young Band House Party, which gets underway at 5 p.m. CT. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

11/13/2014 | Astros have better feel for options after GM Meetings

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, scheduled to return home Thursday from the General Managers Meetings in Phoenix, said he's pleased with the groundwork that was laid to improve the club through free agency and the trade market.

11/13/2014 | Fall League observations: Montas brings heat but hits bumps

White Sox prospect Francellis Montas hit 98 mph three times in his final Arizona Fall League start on Wednesday, but he turned in his worst outing of the season while being outdueled by Astros top pitching prospect Mark Appel, who had little trouble outside of facing Dodgers outfield prospect Scott Schebler.

11/12/2014 | MLB and MLBPA finalize list of Super Two qualifiers

Only the top 22 percent of players between two and three years of service time qualify for arbitration, provided they had at least 86 days of service time this season. This year's list is headlined by Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera, Angels pitcher Garrett Richards, Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, Astros slugger Chris Carter, A's third baseman Josh Donaldson and Yankees pitcher David Phelps.

11/11/2014 | Hudgens ready to start fresh after dismissal from Caracas

Dave Hudgens, who was dismissed as the manager of Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League last week, is awaiting a flight home to the United States, which will allow him to get a further jumpstart on his new role as Astros hitting coach.

11/11/2014 | With big bat, defense, Fowler key in Japan exhibition

Dexter Fowler displayed more than just his usual blinding speed on Tuesday in the MLB All-Stars' 8-7 exhibition win over the Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya at the Japan All-Star Series. Fowler belted a home run, collected two hits and made an accurate throw that prevented the potential tying run from scoring in the ninth inning.

11/11/2014 | Altuve thrilled to be in Japan following outstanding year

After a little more than a month off following Jose Altuve's dream 2014 campaign, the Venezuela native is part of the Major League team competing in this month's All-Star Series in Japan.

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