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Statsny. Talk about clutch.
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.
Now, time for the Astros postgame presser after this loss...
Springer flies out to right. 2 men stranded. Royals up 5-1 after 8.
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.
The Astros have one hit tonight after the first inning. Shields has been mowin' em down. 10 strikeouts so far, only 1 walk.
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.
Call overturned, inning over. But still, good to see that Presley hustle.
Game starts with a Springer error in right. Aoki to third.
The vinyl record(!) for the national anthem at the portsmouth invitational tournament just skipped a few times. Tourney started in 1953...
Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington have both been re-assigned to the @rgvvipers, according to a team source.
Did you ever read about a frog who dreamed of being a king?
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
You could say Mike Moustakas, with his .098 average, was due for that. Royals take the 5-4 lead in the 11th.
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.
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.
Ouch. Altuve picked off.
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.
We talked about how in Taiwan, Japanese baseball is shown. Kevin Youkilis is in Japan nowadays. Also, Hong-Chih Kuo is back in Taiwan.
Had a nice conversation yesterday with the current pitcher, Jerome Williams, about Taiwan. He's pitched there. I just came back from there.
No play available as Dominguez' momentum was taking him toward the third-base bag. Woulda been a ridiculously hard throw, possible error.
To me, it looks like Cain was out. But then, I'm clearly not the decision maker here.
Not an easy path to West Finals, but the best possible one for Houston: Rockets 9-3 vs teams in their bracket, 5-10 vs other 4 West teams.
West playoffs set and there's a lot of Texas in our bracket: (1) Spurs vs. (8) Mavs. Winner of that series takes on Rockets-Blazers winner.
Impressive play as Hosmer ranges to his left, backhands the grounder by the line and throws out Dominguez.
And Valencia makes up for it by catching Guzman's liner to end the inning.
Chapman comes in for the lefty-lefty matchup, walks Hosmer. Bases loaded. Albers in.
Escobar steals 2nd, base opens up, but Hosmer up after Infante, so it's not like the Astros would wanna walk Infante.
And if 4,000-word previews are your cup of tea, one is forthcoming later tonight after Blazers' game is over and playoff sched is released.
Pelicans win 105-100. But only two things matter tonight: 1) Everyone stayed healthy. 2) Hello, Troy Daniels!
FINAL: Pelicans 105, Rockets 100. Strong showing from Troy Daniels (22p, 6-11 3P), but reserves didn't have enough. Rockets finish 54-28.
I either had baseball or Josh Powell on my mind, but that's "Jordan" Hamilton, not Josh :)
Josh Hamilton steal and fast break layup gives the Rockets the lead, 100-99, 2:48 left in the game.
Wondered aloud to many in New Orleans at All-Star: What on earth took so long for NBA team to sign Daniels? Especially w/ 3-ball ruling all.
Troy Daniels with a corner 3 has 22 p with 4 1/2 left. That's two more than his career total coming in.
Josh Powell nails a jumper and now has 2 more points in his Rockets tenure than his predecessor, Dexter Pittman.
McHale yanks Motiejunas before he breaks something. Has really struggled lately.
Looks like Rockets will go the rest of the way with only one player, Motiejunas, that was with the team through most of the season.
With Josh Powell at table to check in, Dwight goes to corner, calls for ball and launches his 3. No good. And he's done for night.
And Guthrie times the pickoff throw nicely. Catches Springer in a rundown.
Dwight still in game to start the 4th, much to the delight of two screaming teenagers that have spent the game trying to get his attention.
Pels 80. Rockets 78 after 3. Double-teamed on every possession, Dwight is 1 of 4 for 7 p in 24 mins.
Pelicans up 80-78 heading to the 4th. Rockets 10-21 from 3-pt range. TJones has 17, Beverley 14p, Daniels 13p, D-Mo 11p-10r.
Pels up 80-78 after 3Q. Dwight and Beverley get some more run in 3Q, emerge unscathed, everybody wins.
What helps when Springer gets on base is how much he distracts with his base-stealing ability. Guthrie with the obligatory throw to 1st.