6/19/2013 | Appel's childhood teammates show their support
Several of Mark Appel's former teammates from his days in the Post Oak Little League in Houston were at Minute Maid Park to greet him Wednesday after he signed a contract with the Astros, who selected him with the first overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft.
6/19/2013 | Astros hope to lock up high school Draft picks
The Astros signed top overall pick Mark Appel, a pitcher from Stanford, for about $1.5 million less than the assigned slot value of $7.8 million, which should allow Houston to make a run at some high school players they took later in the Draft who have college commitments.
6/19/2013 | Appel's family ties in Houston run deep
When Mark Appel and his brother, John, were kids growing up in Houston, they would attend Astros and Rockets games and pretend they were playing for one of the hometown teams for which they cheered.
6/19/2013 | At Diversity Summit, MLB meets potential employees
Credit an industry for spurring social progress. Major League Baseball mixed business with idealism Wednesday at the second annual Diversity Business Summit, a day-long conference that allows the league to evaluate potential employees and entrepreneurs seeking work in sports.
6/19/2013 | Astros take pride in hosting Diversity Summit
Given its rich history as one of the most diverse cities in America, Houston seemed the logical choice to host MLB's Diversity Business Summit on Wednesday.
6/19/2013 | Gallardo hopes to continue success vs. Astros
Yovani Gallardo will try to keep his hot streak going against Lucas Harrell and the Houston Astros on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. CT from Minute Maid Park.
6/19/2013 | Ambriz unable to back Bedard's stellar outing
Rickie Weeks connected on a two-run homer to erase another spectacular outing from Astros starter Erik Bedard and stun Houston, 3-1, on Wednesday night in Minute Maid park.
6/19/2013 | Owners discuss art of business at Diversity Summit
The MLB owners panel -- called "The Business of the Game" -- was the first major event at the MLB Business Diversity Summit on Wednesday, and hundreds of job-seekers and potential vendors sat in rapt attention, soaking in every word from some of the industry's leaders.
6/19/2013 | Astrodome listed among endangered historic places
The Houston Astrodome, dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World" when it opened in 1965, has been listed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of this year's 11 most endangered places.
6/18/2013 | Astros acquire Minor League pitcher for F. Martinez
Outfielder Fernando Martinez, who appeared in 52 games for the Astros over the past two seasons, was sent to the Yankees in a trade on Tuesday. The Astros acquired right-handed pitcher Charles Basford, who will report to rookie-league Tri-City.
6/18/2013 | Norris appealing base hit ruling from previous start
Astros starter Bud Norris is appealing a base hit ruling from the White Sox four-run sixth inning, he said Tuesday. He hopes the play will be ruled an error, instead.
6/18/2013 | Maxwell makes return to Astros in right field
Outfielder Justin Maxwell made his return to the Astros Tuesday night, but he's got a new home after missing eight weeks with a fractured left hand.
6/18/2013 | Boras arrives in Houston hoping to close Appel deal
Scott Boras, who represents No. 1 overall Draft pick Mark Appel, arrived in Houston on Tuesday afternoon and was scheduled to meet with Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow later in the evening in an effort to wrap up negotiations.
6/18/2013 | Astros option Paredes to Triple-A Oklahoma City
One player's promotion is usually another player's demotion, and Jimmy Paredes was on the unfortunate end of Justin Maxwell's return to the big league roster.
6/18/2013 | Bedard looks to earn series victory for Astros
Erik Bedard will try to continue his recent hot streak when he faces off against Kyle Lohse and the Brewers on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. CT from Minute Maid Park.
6/18/2013 | Dominguez helps lift Lyles' stellar outing
Jordan Lyles held the Brewers to seven hits and one run in seven innings, Carlos Pena blasted a three-run homer and Matt Dominguez added his first career grand slam to lead the Astros to a 10-1 win over their former National League Central rivals on Tuesday.
6/18/2013 | Maxwell returns from rehab stint; Paredes optioned
The Astros got a key reinforcement back, as the club called up outfielder Justin Maxwell from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday night, manager Bo Porter said.
6/17/2013 | After signing, Thurman gets big league treatment
Astros second-round pick Andrew Thurman isn't a Major Leaguer yet, but his experience in Minute Maid Park during Monday's pregame mirrored the routine of one. After all, Thurman, the No. 40 overall pick, has a pro contract now, inking a deal with Houston on Monday.
6/17/2013 | Crowe supplants Paredes as starter in right field
Trevor Crowe has overtaken a struggling Jimmy Paredes as the starter in right field for the time being, Astros manager Bo Porter said Monday.
6/17/2013 | Astros 'fully engaged' in talks with No. 1 pick Appel
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday the club is "fully engaged" in contract talks with No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel, the right-handed pitcher from Stanford, and hopes to be able to complete a deal this week.
6/17/2013 | Sharp early, Norris endures rough sixth in defeat
Bud Norris was cruising through five scoreless innings and was one out away from finishing the sixth unscathed when the White Sox loaded the bases. Dayan Viciedo then cleared the bases with a three-run triple that sent the White Sox to a 4-2 win over the Astros on Monday night at Minute Maid Park.
6/16/2013 | Late blast helps lead Astros past White Sox in Houston
After Jason Castro's two-run blast in the seventh inning and another deep outing from starter Dallas Keuchel, Houston held back a ninth-inning rally to beat the White Sox, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.
6/16/2013 | Astros players share Father's Day memories
For many Astros, Father's Day and baseball are inextricably linked, with their dads being an integral part of their careers dating all the way back to childhood tournaments.
6/16/2013 | Astros haven't had much need for long relief lately
Astros manager Bo Porter has one of the best problems in baseball. He can't seem to get his bullpen enough work.
6/16/2013 | Astros go for four-game sweep vs. White Sox
Bud Norris heads to the mound as the Astros go for a four-game sweep against Jose Quintana and the White Sox on Monday at Minute Maid Park.
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