Howard Chen

Btw w how tonight's game is going, it puts extra emphasis on how important Anthony Bass' performance was last nite to preserve bullpen arms.

Howard Chen

Coco Crisp 2-run shot. 10-3 A's in the 5th. That's it for Clemens. Overall, solid work by Clemens battling in a tough situation.

Isaiah Canaan

Man who trying to bring me an Oreo Blizzard!!

Howard Chen

Meanwhile, two intriguing pitching matchups on the West Coast outside of Oakland. Check Giants-Padres & DBacks-Dodgers.

Howard Chen

Sac fly, #Astros now with 3 runs in the 5th. LJ Hoes up with runners on the corners, 2 outs. #LetsgoHoes

Howard Chen

#Astros load the bases with 1 out in the 5th, down 8-2. This could get interesting.

Howard Chen

1st big-league RBI for Springer. 1st hit for him that gets outta the infield. #Astros with 2 runs in the 5th now. 1 out.

Howard Chen

I'm sure someone else has thought this before, but whenever I hear "Sonny Gray," I think of Sonny Black & Sonny Red. #DonnieBrasco

Howard Chen

#Astros putting together 3 straight hits to start the 5th. Fowler drives home Villar to put the Stros on the board.

Howard Chen

Jed Lowrie gives Clemens the death stare after Clemens' pitch goes between Lowrie's legs. Clemens goes inside on the next pitch. #Astros

Howard Chen

George Springer. 1st big-league stolen base. Sure to be the 1st of many. Gets stranded though along with Fowler. #Astros

Howard Chen

Cespedes HR. A's up 8-0.

Howard Chen

Clemens regroups to get two outs and get out of the inning. A's up 7-0.

Howard Chen

And Clemens starts his game off with a walk. 5th of the 1st inning for the A's.

Howard Chen

2-run shot by Reddick. 7-0 A's in the 1st. Cosart at 39 pitches. Only 1 out. Here comes Bo Porter. #Astros

Howard Chen

Fourth walk of the inning for Cosart.

Howard Chen

Callaspo goes gone. 3-run shot. 5-0 in the 1st. Ouch.

Howard Chen

Cosart walks the bases loaded, Cespedes drives two of them home with a single. 2-0 A's in the 1st.

Howard Chen

Scratch that, it's an E6. But still, Springer got on base that first time as the cleanup guy. #Astros

Howard Chen

Springer's 3rd big-league hit is guess what? Beating out an infield grounder. 1st at-bat as the cleanup hitter. #Astros

Howard Chen

George Springer @gspringer_4 is batting cleanup tonight for the #Astros. Altuve batting leadoff, followed by Fowler csnhouston.com/blog/astros-ta…

Isaiah Canaan

Can't believe my bro @Dwight Howard got me to get a Mohawk!! First time for everything I guess!! #turnup!!

Jonathan Feigen

Sager, by the way, gets his trademark wardrobe in Houston. We're very proud of our contribution to society. "chron.com/entertainment/…

Jonathan Feigen

And finally, " Too bad, I had some probing questions for Pop.” All the best, Sages.

Jonathan Feigen

Sager continued: .... "with acute myeloid leukemia. From the sidelines to being sidelined, 40 veins and 40 electrolytes...."

Jonathan Feigen

Sager: "My favorite time of year – city to city, round by round, 40 games in 40 nights. A dramatic turn has ...

Jonathan Feigen

Wishing Craig Sager a speedy and complete recovery. We'll miss him next few months. His statement was a typical mix of enthusiam and humor.

Robert Covington

Always keep that in mind!!!!

Omri Casspi

Mohawk! love my new haircut. Thanks @Dwight Howard #playoffsmohawks

Jordan Hamilton

Watching the lil bro @Dham_5 do work on ESPN in the #JordaBrandClassic game, tune in!

Isaiah Canaan

Can I pull off a Mohawk or Nah?? Lol

Jonathan Feigen

Might have sent this link earlier. Either way: Rise of Chandler Parsons: Florida baseball fields to NBA, endorsements houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets…

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets: Just being in playoffs isn't good enough this year: blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Howard Chen

Cy Ridge's Kemah Siverand MT @TooBeFamous: The blessings continue... I was officially invited to Semper Fi All-Americal Bowl #Blessed

Jonathan Feigen

Two decades since first championship, with many dry post-seasons since, Rockets are hungry for a title from top down. houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets…

Jason Friedman

Playoff quote sheet: Quotes & vids from today's interviews as players discuss Harden as closer, D12/Asik combo & more nba.com/rockets/news/p…

Jonathan Feigen

Parsons did not say that to McHale: "I texted him. "You don’t want part of these ‘Bad Boys.’” He said he dominated them until he got old."

Jonathan Feigen

Parsons on McHale's role in the Bad Boys doc: "He always brags about ...how he’s so much tougher than everybody. It looked like it on film."

Jonathan Feigen

Styles of Rockets-Blazers somewhat similar. There is one big difference. Aldridge took 590 mid-range shots this season. Rockets took 435.

Jeremy Lin

Good Friday! The day God gave mankind the ultimate gift/sacrifice -- His son nailed to the cross for our sins. John 3:16

David Hardisty

Podcast: Previewing the Rockets-Blazers series with CSN's @awexler. rockets.clutchfans.net/6500/podcast-r…

Jonathan Feigen

Of option to play Howard and Asik together to keep a big defender on Aldridge, Howard said, "Great. I've been really working on my 3 game."

Jonathan Feigen

And if there is still confusion (interest?), draft order ties are broken with a random drawing, not coin flip. Mea culpa.

Jonathan Feigen

With Rockets now slotted to have 25th pick after ties broken, they had 25th pick once. You'll soon see a lot of guy they took -- Nic Batum.

Jonathan Feigen

Since seems to have been some confusion, tie-breaker for draft order is a coin flip. Among 54-win teams, Por picks 24th, Hou 25th, Mia 26th.

Jonathan Feigen

Portland wins the tie - breaker with Rockets, Heat; will have 25th pick of draft. Rockets pick 25th, Miami 26th.

Jonathan Feigen

Now you can get our #Rockets playoffs coverage delivered right into your inbox with our newsletters. Sign up at chron.com/newsletters

Jason Friedman

As always, all RTV episodes can also be viewed via the Rockets app, and audio-only versions of the show available on iTunes as well.

Jason Friedman

Playoff edition of RTV as @ca_rockets & I break down the Rockets' first round matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers nba.com/rockets/video/…

Jonathan Feigen

While we're at it, Jenny Dial Creech tracked down Vernon Maxwell for latest in our championship anniversary series houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets…

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets' return to health revives playoff optimism, but plenty to consider vs. Blazers houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets…

Howard Chen

(VIDEO RECAP) #Astros struggle against a dominant James Shields csnhouston.com/blog/astros-ta…

Isaiah Canaan

This traveling stuff is OD!! Can't complain tho cuz it's my Job!! #blessed

Howard Chen

Statsny. Talk about clutch.

Howard Chen

Springer made some nice defensive plays, including the diving catch in the 9th, but said the error in the 1st inning stands out most to him.

Howard Chen

After the game, Porter said @AnthonyBass45's 3 innings of perfection "saved the bullpen" as the team heads to Oakland. #Astros

Howard Chen

Now, time for the Astros postgame presser after this loss...

Howard Chen

3-inning perfection by Anthony Bass. #buyah #Astros

Howard Chen

Oooooo Springer laying out in right field for the catch. #highlight #SpringerTime #Astros

Howard Chen

Springer flies out to right. 2 men stranded. Royals up 5-1 after 8.

Howard Chen

On the flipside, Anthony Bass has been a huge positive outta the bullpen tonight for the Astros. Smooooth sailing in his two innings so far.

Howard Chen

The Astros have one hit tonight after the first inning. Shields has been mowin' em down. 10 strikeouts so far, only 1 walk.

Howard Chen

Great catch by Alex Gordon. Chris Carter does score on the play from 3rd. #Astros on the board, down 5-1 after 5.

Howard Chen

Before this game, Feldman had given up a total of 7 hits in his 3 starts (20.2 IP). Has given up 6 hits, 4 runs in 4 IP in this one.

Howard Chen

Springer K's in his second at-bat to end the 3rd. #Astros

Troy Daniels

Good luck to my bros @Isaiah Canaan and @Robert Covington and my Viper boys tonight.. They play Santa Cruz tonight..!!! Let's get this win fellas

Howard Chen

Dominguez has been sharp so far today at the hot corner. Made a couple of nice plays on hard-hit balls. #Astros

Howard Chen

Call overturned, inning over. But still, good to see that Presley hustle.

Howard Chen

Presley w pure hustle down the first-base line to beat the throw to first. Ned Yost comes out. Either way, Presley gave it his ALL. #Astros

Howard Chen

Springer hauls it from first to third on the Altuve single up the middle. Runners on the corners w/2out in the 1st. #Astros

Howard Chen

2nd big-league hit for Springer also an infield grounder, just like his first. #thatspeeeeeeed #Astros

Howard Chen

Game starts with a Springer error in right. Aoki to third.

Howard Chen

Twitter question time! #Astros fans, how much more excited are ya now that George Springer has arrived? Elaborate! I read the best tweets TV

Daryl Morey

The vinyl record(!) for the national anthem at the portsmouth invitational tournament just skipped a few times. Tourney started in 1953...

David Hardisty

Exactly. MT @fyrebear: @David Hardisty No Troy Daniels because he is part of the Rockets playoff rotation, right?

David Hardisty

Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington have both been re-assigned to the @rgvvipers, according to a team source.

Jonathan Feigen

Jeff Van Gundy picks the Rockets to win it all: blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jason Friedman

For the PM crowd: Pondering flat circles, frozen moments and X-factors while previewing Rockets-Blazers: nba.com/rockets/news/p…

Isaiah Canaan

Happy Birthday @kyoung00 thankful to have you apart of my life.. Hope you enjoy your special day.. Love you bunches

David Hardisty

Tiebreaker will decide if Rockets have pick #24, #25 or #26 in this year's draft. Knicks will send #42 to Houston. bit.ly/1lagjTQ

Dwight Howard

My bro Stephen Jackson aka stak5 album coming soon look out for his first video of album called… instagram.com/p/m5kdWdKi60/

Daryl Morey

Did you ever read about a frog who dreamed of being a king?

Jason Friedman

Of frozen moments, flat circles and familiar faces: Probing the deep questions (and numbers) prior to Rockets-Blazers nba.com/rockets/news/p…

Howard Chen

(VIDEO RECAP) #SpringerDay will always be special; postgame reax from @gspringer_4 & Porter csnhouston.com/blog/astros-ta… #Astros

Jason Friedman

As promised, the quintessential 'tl;dr' HOU-POR playoff preview celebrating frozen moments & the wisdom of Rust Cohle nba.com/rockets/news/p…

Omri Casspi

#repost @houstonrockets let the real fun begin. #playoffs instagram.com/p/m4SnLjL8yB/

Chandler Parsons

Now it's time for the real fun. #playoffs

David Hardisty

Rockets, Blazers both finished 54-28, so home court decided by tiebreaker. How huge does this Harden three look now? youtu.be/v0R-nvfw5OY

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets hoped for a Sun start; got it. Gm 1: Sun, 8:30 Gm 2: Wed, 8:30 Gm 3: Fri, 9:30 Gm 4: Sun, 8:30 Gm 5: Apr 30 Gm 6: May 2 Gm 7: May 4

Howard Chen

You could say Mike Moustakas, with his .098 average, was due for that. Royals take the 5-4 lead in the 11th.

Howard Chen

"Let's go Hoes" sounds like "Let's go Stros" and also like "Let's go Home" #Astros

Howard Chen

Hmmmm if only Altuve wasn't picked off... still, walkoff run is at 3rd. #Astros

Jonathan Feigen

Best news for the 60 percent, none of the first four games of the series on NBA-TV. Will either be on ESPN or TNT.

Jonathan Feigen

First two games of Rockets-Blazers at 8:30 cst. Game 3 at 9:30 cst. Game 4 at 8:30 cst. Others if necessary TBD.

Howard Chen

Ouch. Altuve picked off.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets-Blazers 1st round schedule: Game 1 and 2 Sun, Wednesday; Games 3 and 4 Friday, Sun. April 3, May 2, May 4 if necessary.

Howard Chen

Then again, Chris Carter on deck to pinch hit for Krauss. #Astros

Howard Chen

Altuve leads off the 10th with a sharply hit single. Guzman up now, then Krauss, who's been hot tonight. #Astros