MJ Melendez, Royals vie to stay hot in opener vs. Astros

The Kansas City Royals are riding high as they head into Tuesday night’s opener of a three-game series against the visiting Houston Astros. The Royals completed their first four-game sweep in nearly three years after brushing aside the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. They also improved to 6-4, marking the first time they’ve been two games over .500 since the first two contests of the 2022 season. Kansas City’s offense came alive in the late

Astros look to pick up steam in series finale vs. Rangers

The Houston Astros hope their slow start is about to evaporate. After losing seven of their first nine games, the Astros will look to make it two consecutive victories when they visit the Texas Rangers on Monday night at Arlington, Texas. Houston notched a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Sunday night after losing the first two contests of a four-game set by a combined score of 17-4. Yordan Alvarez hit a three-run homer for

Fresh off no-hitter, Astros’ Ronel Blanco aims to subdue Rangers

Houston Astros right-hander Ronel Blanco is making a strong argument to stay in the starting rotation after Justin Verlander and Jose Urquidy return from the injured list. Blanco (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is set to make his first start since he threw the 17th no-hitter in franchise history when the Astros continue their four-game series against the rival Texas Rangers on Sunday in Arlington, Texas. Texas has outscored the Astros 17-4 in winning the first two

Rangers bid to take care of business vs. Astros

The Texas Rangers have picked up where they left off from last season, when they claimed the first World Series championship in franchise history. The Rangers (5-2) will aim to maintain their solid start when they continue their four-game series against the Houston Astros on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. Adolis Garcia and Marcus Semien each hit a three-run homer in Friday’s 10-2 victory over the Astros, who had won the last eight meetings between

Rangers look to end Astros’ success at Globe Life Field

Josh Smith and Ezequiel Duran are suddenly playing greater roles than expected for the Texas Rangers, who open a four-game series against the visiting Houston Astros on Friday. The matchup marks the first meeting between the teams since Texas won last season’s American League Championship Series 4-3. The road team won all seven games in the series. The Rangers have struggled against their divisional rival in recent years at Globe Life Field in Arlington. The

Astros bask in no-hitter, get set to play Jays again

With right-handers Justin Verlander and Jose Urquidy opening this season on the injured list, Astros right-hander Ronel Blanco was presented with an opportunity that had escaped him previously in his career: to begin a campaign as a member of Houston’s rotation. Blanco, making just his eighth career start, threw the 17th no-hitter in club history to lead the Astros to their first win of the season, 10-0 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. The

Astros aim for elusive first win in series opener vs. Blue Jays

Houston Astros manager Joe Espada had no intention of completing the first series of this season with any fresh players, not after the New York Yankees took the first three games of the weekend set. Espada used two of his high-leverage relievers — right-hander Bryan Abreu and closer Josh Hader — for the second time in as many games on Sunday, with the latter pitching for the third time in the four-game series. Espada used

Yankees bid to complete four-game sweep of Astros

The New York Yankees have received a bit more clarity regarding veteran third baseman DJ LeMahieu, who was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right foot following an MRI taken on Friday. LeMahieu opened the season on the injured list after sustaining the injury on March 16 by fouling a pitch off his foot during spring training. He was diagnosed with a bone bruise before additional imaging revealed the fracture. Given the uncertainty surrounding

After pair of losses to Yankees, Astros aim to move into win column

Yankees left-hander Carlos Rodon didn’t deliver a dominant performance in the first start of his second season with New York, but the resilience he showed by pitching into the fifth inning played a role in the Yankees having an opportunity to rally for a second consecutive game. Rodon gave up one run over 4 1/3 innings despite allowing five hits and three walks in the Yankees’ 7-1 victory on Friday. He proved adept at keeping

Healthy Carlos Rodon set for ’24 debut as Yanks face Astros

While the game situation wasn’t necessarily ideal for new Houston closer Josh Hader to make his Astros debut, his performance most certainly made a favorable impression. Hader, the Astros’ notable free-agent acquisition this offseason, struck out the side on 13 pitches in the ninth inning of a 5-4 home loss to the New York Yankees on Opening Day Thursday. The teams resume their four-game series Friday night, with New York left-hander Carlos Rodon opposing Houston