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Astros Host Boston Red Sox for Games 3, 4 and 5 of AL Championship Series, Starting Tomorrow

Fans encouraged to arrive early for Postseason Street Fests, pregame ceremonies and gate giveaways on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 16-18

The Astros will host the Boston Red Sox in Games 3, 4 and 5 of the American League Championship Series here at Minute Maid Park starting tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 16 through Thursday, Oct. 18. Tomorrow's Game 3 will begin at 4:09 p.m. CT as lefty Dallas Keuchel takes the mound against Boston. Wednesday's Game 4 will begin at 7:39 p.m. CT with Astros veteran RHP Charlie Morton on the bump and Thursday's Game 5 will begin at 7:09 p.m. CT. All Boston starters are TBA. The Astros and Red Sox enter play on Tuesday tied at 1-1, with Houston taking the first game of the series and Boston taking the second. The Astros will look to secure their second consecutive World Series berth in this best-of-seven AL Championship Series.

 

The Astros will host the Boston Red Sox in Games 3, 4 and 5 of the American League Championship Series here at Minute Maid Park starting tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 16 through Thursday, Oct. 18. Tomorrow's Game 3 will begin at 4:09 p.m. CT as lefty Dallas Keuchel takes the mound against Boston. Wednesday's Game 4 will begin at 7:39 p.m. CT with Astros veteran RHP Charlie Morton on the bump and Thursday's Game 5 will begin at 7:09 p.m. CT. All Boston starters are TBA. The Astros and Red Sox enter play on Tuesday tied at 1-1, with Houston taking the first game of the series and Boston taking the second. The Astros will look to secure their second consecutive World Series berth in this best-of-seven AL Championship Series.

 

ASTROS POSTSEASON STREET FESTS, GATE TIMES AND ROOF STATUS

Astros fans of all ages are invited to a Postseason Street Fest prior to each Astros Postseason home game! The Postseason Street Fest takes place on Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Crawford Street. Fans can enjoy live music by the Powell Brothers (Tuesday), Cottonwood Crows (Wednesday) and Fidelity Maxx (Thursday); photo opportunities; face painters; caricaturists; food trucks; inflatables; bar games; photo booths; poster-making stations and much more before the Astros take on the Boston Red Sox. Fans can access the Astros Postseason Street Fest via the Atrium, Left Field Gate and Center Field Gate. A valid game ticket is required for entry.

 

Gate times for the three ALCS home games are as follows: 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.

 

The roof of Minute Maid Park will be closed for Games 3, 4 and 5 of the ALCS.

 

POSTSEASON GATE GIVEAWAYS AND PREGAME CEREMONIES

All fans in attendance at Astros ALCS Games 3, 4 and 5 will receive a special postseason gate giveaway. Prior to Game 3 on Tuesday, all fans will receive an Astros Postseason Rally Towel presented by Chevron. Prior to Game 4 on Wednesday, all fans will receive an Astros Postseason Pom Pom. Astros fans will receive an Astros Postseason Rally Towel at gates prior to Game 5 on Thursday.

 

During a special pregame ceremony on Tuesday, Astros Season Ticket Holders will present a 50-yard U.S. flag in the outfield as Astros front office members and their families unfurl a "Never Settle" banner that will cover the infield. A Joint-Service Color Guard will present our nation's colors before country music star Cody Johnson performs Tuesday's National Anthem. Fellow country music star Neal McCoy will perform God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch. Astros legend Lance Berkman will throw Tuesday's ceremonial first pitch to former teammate and current Astros TV broadcaster Geoff Blum. Houston rapper Slim Thug will call "Play Ball!" to kick off Game 3 of the ALCS.

 

Wednesday's pregame will also feature several special guests. The U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Station Houston Color Guard will present our nation's colors prior to country music artist Tracy Byrd performing the National Anthem. Additionally, Tauren Wells, who performed at this year's Faith and Family Night, will return to perform God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch. Astros legend and 2005 NLDS Game 4 hero Chris Burke will throw the ceremonial first pitch on Wednesday to fellow Astros legend Brandon Backe, who was a key piece of the Astros' success during their 2005 World Series run. Houston Texans wide receiver Deandre Hopkins will call "Play Ball!" before the Astros take on the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALCS.

 

On Thursday, Astros favorite and country music legend Clay Walker will perform the National Anthem following the Navy Recruiting District Houston All Female Color Guard's presentation of our nation's colors. Native Houstonian and 2014 Miss Houston Isis Smalls will perform God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch. Astros legend Jeff Kent, who is no stranger to postseason grandeur having hit the game-winning home run in Game 5 of the 2004 NLCS, will throw out Thursday's ceremonial first pitch to former first base coach and fellow Astros legend Jose Cruz. The Astros TV broadcast team, composed of Todd Kalas (play-by-play), Geoff Blum (color) and Julia Morales (sideline), will call "Play Ball!" prior to Thursday's 7:09 p.m. CT first pitch.

 

TICKETS

All fans must either have their printed tickets in hand or utilize the MLB.com Ballpark App on their mobile devices to access Minute Maid Park and the Astros Postseason Street Fest for all Astros Postseason games. PDFs, screenshots or any photos of tickets on a mobile device will NOT be accepted, and the Astros will not be able to print tickets on-site. Additionally, there is a no re-entry policy during the postseason.

 

TRAVELING TO THE BALLPARK

The Astros encourage fans to give themselves extra time to travel to the ballpark as there will be several road and lane closures surrounding Minute Maid Park, which will remain in effect through the end of the Astros postseason run. Astros fans and media should heed all directional signage indicating altered routes around downtown and surrounding the ballpark. Additionally, parking around Minute Maid Park will be limited. Directional signage around the ballpark will also advise fans of postseason entrances, which may vary slightly from the regular season.

 

The Uber pickup and dropoff area in center field will be available for fans to utilize throughout the postseason. Metro also provides a fast and easy alternative for getting to and from the ballpark. For more information, please visit www.ridemetro.org.

 

ASTROS ON TV AND RADIO

TBS is slated to exclusively televise ALCS Games 3-5 between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox, with Brian Anderson and Ron Darling on the call and Lauren Shehadi reporting from the sidelines.

 

Fans can catch both games on the radio on the Astros flagship radio stations 790 KBME AM and in Spanish on La Ranchera 850 AM/101.7 FM, as well as on ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes 1230 AM.

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

Please carefully review the attached 2018 ALCS Media Info Sheet for details regarding credentials, parking, press box seating, clubhouse policies and access throughout the series. Per MLB, violations of media rules and restrictions can result in postseason credentials being revoked. Please contact the Astros Communications staff with any questions.

 

ORANGE OUT HOUSTON

The Astros are asking local businesses, schools, community leaders, organizations and Astros fans to Orange Out Houston by wearing orange clothing and accessories, rocking their Astros apparel, decking out their buildings in orange and creatively displaying their Astros pride throughout the Astros' postseason run. Astros fans are encouraged to post photos of what they are doing to Orange Out Houston with the hashtag #NeverSettle.

 

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Astros to Host Free ALCS Watch Parties Tomorrow and Sunday at Minute Maid Park

Astros to host Postseason Watch Parties at Minute Maid Park for every Astros Postseason away game; free and open to public with voucher

Fans are invited to Minute Maid Park tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14 for the Astros ALCS Postseason Watch Parties as the Astros take on the Boston Red Sox in Games 1 and 2 of the American League Championship Series. Gates for the Astros ALCS Postseason Watch Party will open at 5:00 p.m. prior to tomorrow's 7:09 p.m. CT first pitch and at 4:00 p.m. prior to Sunday's 6:09 p.m. CT first pitch. The Astros will be competing in their second consecutive AL Championship Series, having defeated the New York Yankees in the 2017 ALCS, 4-3. The Astros last faced the Red Sox in Boston September 7-9, winning the series, 2-1.

 

Fans are invited to Minute Maid Park tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14 for the Astros ALCS Postseason Watch Parties as the Astros take on the Boston Red Sox in Games 1 and 2 of the American League Championship Series. Gates for the Astros ALCS Postseason Watch Party will open at 5:00 p.m. prior to tomorrow's 7:09 p.m. CT first pitch and at 4:00 p.m. prior to Sunday's 6:09 p.m. CT first pitch. The Astros will be competing in their second consecutive AL Championship Series, having defeated the New York Yankees in the 2017 ALCS, 4-3. The Astros last faced the Red Sox in Boston September 7-9, winning the series, 2-1.

 

Fans are invited to watch all Astros postseason road games at Minute Maid Park, free of charge. Fans will need to claim a free Postseason Watch Party voucher for entry at www.astros.com/postseason, and parking will be available for purchase in Astros-controlled lots. Additionally, ballpark concessions will be open and available for purchase, including Shake Shack and The 5/7 Market in center field, as well as several options on the main concourse.

 

Prior to each away game, the fun will begin two hours before first pitch with a Postseason Street Fest on Crawford Street, where fans can enjoy live music, food trucks, bar games, inflatables and much more. The Postseason Street Fest will open tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. The game will stream live on the main video board inside Minute Maid Park as well as on a large projection screen outside the ballpark.

 

*Media wishing to cover Postseason Watch Parties must enter at the First Base Entrance and receive a wristband from security. ALCS Credentials are not required to cover the Postseason Watch Parties.*

 

Houston ace Justin Verlander and the Astros will face southpaw Chris Sale and the Red sox tomorrow at Fenway Park as the Astros look to start off the ALCS on a winning note. In Game 2 of the ALCS, RHP Gerrit Cole and the Astros will take on LHP David Price and the Red Sox on Sunday before returning to Houston for Games 3-5, Tuesday, Oct. 16 through Thursday, Oct. 18.

 

For more information on the Astros Postseason Watch Parties, please visit www.astros.com/postseason.

 

No Astros baseball this Friday? No problem! Astros mascot Orbit will join the Coca-Cola Shooting Stars and Shuttle Crew for an Orange Out Rally at Karbach Brewery, located at 2032 Karbach Street, this Friday from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Fans can enjoy games, music, inflatables and plenty of free Astros postseason swag at the Orange Out Rally, which is free and open to the public. Please note that while admission is free, food and beverage at the Orange Out Rally are available for purchase. Media wishing to cover Friday's Orange Out Rally should contact Ali Emrie at Karbach directly at ALI.EMRE@karbachbrewing.com.

 

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Limited Astros AL Championship Series Tickets On Sale Wednesday

Tickets will be available by phone and online only starting at 9:00 a.m. on Oct. 10

Individual tickets for Astros American League Championship Series home games will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 9:00 a.m. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at 1-877-9ASTROS and online at www.astros.com/postseason. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the Minute Maid Park Box Office. With today's win over the Cleveland Indians, the Astros clinched their spot in the ALCS and also recorded the franchise's first postseason sweep.

 

Individual tickets for Astros American League Championship Series home games will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 9:00 a.m. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at 1-877-9ASTROS and online at www.astros.com/postseason. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the Minute Maid Park Box Office. With today's win over the Cleveland Indians, the Astros clinched their spot in the ALCS and also recorded the franchise's first postseason sweep.

 

Due to an extremely limited number of individual game tickets that will be available for postseason games, fans are encouraged to guarantee their access to 2018 postseason tickets by purchasing 2019 Season Tickets, on-sale now by calling 1-877-9ASTROS or by visiting www.astros.com/postseason.

 

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Astros to Host Free ALDS Watch Party Presented by Chevrolet Tomorrow at Minute Maid Park

Astros to host Postseason Watch Parties at Minute Maid Park for every Astros Postseason away game; free and open to public with voucher

Fans are invited to Minute Maid Park tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 8 for the Astros ALDS Postseason Watch Party presented by Chevrolet as the Astros take on the Indians in Game 3 of the American League Division Series. Gates for the Astros ALDS Postseason Watch Party will open at 10:30 a.m. prior to tomorrow's 12:30 p.m. CT first pitch. Houston can secure a spot in the AL Championship Series with a win tomorrow over the Cleveland Indians, as the Astros currently lead the series, 2-0.

 

Fans are invited to Minute Maid Park tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 8 for the Astros ALDS Postseason Watch Party presented by Chevrolet as the Astros take on the Indians in Game 3 of the American League Division Series. Gates for the Astros ALDS Postseason Watch Party will open at 10:30 a.m. prior to tomorrow's 12:30 p.m. CT first pitch. Houston can secure a spot in the AL Championship Series with a win tomorrow over the Cleveland Indians, as the Astros currently lead the series, 2-0.

 

Fans are invited to watch the Astros go for the sweep in Game 3 of the ALDS tomorrow at Minute Maid Park, free of charge. Fans will need to claim a free Postseason Watch Party voucher for entry at www.astros.com/postseason, and parking will be available for purchase in Astros-controlled lots. Additionally, ballpark concessions will be open and available for purchase, including Shake Shack and The 5/7 Market in center field, as well as several options on the main concourse.

 

Prior to each away game, the fun will begin two hours before first pitch with a Postseason Street Fest on Crawford Street, where fans can enjoy live music, food trucks, bar games, inflatables and much more. The Postseason Street Fest will open tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. The game will stream live on the main video board inside Minute Maid Park as well as on a large projection screen outside the ballpark.

 

Southpaw Dallas Keuchel and the Astros will face righty Mike Clevinger and the Indians tomorrow at Progressive Field as the Astros look to advance to their second consecutive American League Championship Series.

 

For more information on the Astros Postseason Watch Parties, please visit www.astros.com/postseason.

 

*Media wishing to cover tomorrow's Postseason Watch Party must enter at the First Base Entrance and receive a wristband from security. ALDS Credentials are not required to cover the Postseason Watch Party.*

 

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Astros Host Cleveland Indians for Games 1 and 2 of American League Division Series, Starting Tomorrow

Fans encouraged to arrive early for Postseason Street Fests, special pregame ceremonies and gate giveaways on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6

The Astros will host the Cleveland Indians in Games 1 and 2 of the American League Division Series here at Minute Maid Park this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6. Friday's Game 1 will begin at 1:05 p.m. CT in a battle of former Cy Young Award winners, as Astros RHP Justin Verlander takes the mound against Indians RHP Corey Kluber. Saturday's Game 2 will begin at 3:37 p.m. CT with Astros RHP Gerrit Cole facing off against Cleveland RHP Carlos Carrasco. The Astros are making their third playoff appearance in the past four years in the best-of-five AL Division Series. The Astros took the season series from the Indians, going 4-3 in their seven meetings.

 

The Astros will host the Cleveland Indians in Games 1 and 2 of the American League Division Series here at Minute Maid Park this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6. Friday's Game 1 will begin at 1:05 p.m. CT in a battle of former Cy Young Award winners, as Astros RHP Justin Verlander takes the mound against Indians RHP Corey Kluber. Saturday's Game 2 will begin at 3:37 p.m. CT with Astros RHP Gerrit Cole facing off against Cleveland RHP Carlos Carrasco. The Astros are making their third playoff appearance in the past four years in the best-of-five AL Division Series. The Astros took the season series from the Indians, going 4-3 in their seven meetings.

 

ASTROS POSTSEASON STREET FESTS, GATE TIMES AND ROOF STATUS

Astros fans of all ages are invited to a Postseason Street Fest prior to each Astros Postseason home game! The Postseason Street Fest takes place on Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Crawford Street. Fans can enjoy live music by The Emotions (Friday) and The Slags (Saturday), photo opportunities, face painters, caricaturists, food trucks, inflatables, bar games, photo booths, poster-making stations and much more before the Astros take on the Cleveland Indians. Fans can access the Astros Postseason Street Fest via the Atrium, Left Field Gate and Center Field Gate. A valid game ticket is required for entry.

 

On Friday, all gates will open at 10:00 a.m. On Saturday, all gates will open at 12:30 p.m.

 

The roof of Minute Maid Park will be closed for both Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS.

 

POSTSEASON GATE GIVEAWAYS AND PREGAME CEREMONIES

All fans in attendance at Astros ALDS Games 1 and 2 will receive a special postseason gate giveaway. Prior to Game 1 on Friday, all fans will receive an Astros Postseason Rally Towel presented by Houston Methodist. Prior to Game 2 on Saturday, all fans will receive an Astros Postseason Pom Pom.

 

During a special pregame ceremony on Friday, the Astros will honor the exceptional young athletes of the Astros RBI Softball Championship team and the Post Oak Little League World Series team. Members of both teams will help unveil a "Never Settle" banner that will cover the infield, as Astros Season Ticket Holders present a giant U.S. flag in the outfield. A Joint-Service Color Guard will present our nation's colors before Houston native and leading cast member in the upcoming Phantom of the Opera production at to the Hobby Center Jordan Craig performs Friday's National Anthem. Craig, who will also perform God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch, is a graduate of St. Thomas High School here in Houston. Astros legend and Cy Young winner Mike Scott will throw out Friday's ceremonial first pitch and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will call "Play Ball!" to kick off Friday's postseason matchup.

 

Saturday's pregame will also feature several special guests. The Harris County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard will present our nation's colors prior to Houston native Kaylise Irizarry performing the National Anthem. Additionally, Betsy Sanders from Second Baptist Church will perform God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch. Astros legend Roy Oswalt will return to the mound at Minute Maid Park to throw the ceremonial first pitch on Saturday and Judge Ed Emmett will call "Play Ball!" before the Astros take on the Indians in Game 2 of the ALDS.

 

TICKETS

All fans must either have their printed tickets in hand or utilize the MLB.com Ballpark App on their mobile devices to access Minute Maid Park and the Astros Postseason Street Fest for all Astros Postseason games. PDFs, screenshots or any photos of tickets on a mobile device will NOT be accepted, and the Astros will not be able to print tickets on-site. Additionally, there is a no re-entry policy during the postseason.

 

TRAVELING TO THE BALLPARK

The Astros encourage fans to give themselves extra time to travel to the ballpark as there will be several road and lane closures surrounding Minute Maid Park, which will remain in effect starting today, Thursday, Oct. 4 through the end of the Astros postseason run. Astros fans and media should heed all directional signage indicating altered routes around downtown and surrounding the ballpark. Additionally, parking around Minute Maid Park will be limited. Directional signage around the ballpark will also advise fans of postseason entrances, which may vary slightly from the regular season.

 

The Uber pickup and dropoff area in center field will be available for fans to utilize throughout the postseason. Metro also provides a fast and easy alternative for getting to and from the ballpark. For more information, please visit www.ridemetro.org.

 

ASTROS ON TV AND RADIO

TBS is slated to exclusively televise ALDS Game 1 between the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians on Friday, October 5 at 1:05 p.m. CT, with Don Orsillo and Dennis Eckersley on the call and Hazel Mae reporting from the sidelines. Astros vs. Indians ALDS Game 2 will air exclusively on TBS beginning at 3:37 p.m. CT.

 

Fans can catch both games on the radio on the Astros flagship radio stations 790 KBME AM and in Spanish on La Ranchera 850 AM/101.7 FM, as well as on ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes 1230 AM.

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

Please carefully review the attached 2018 ALDS Media Info Sheet for details regarding credentials, parking, press box seating, clubhouse policies and access throughout the series. Per MLB, violations of media rules and restrictions can result in postseason credentials being revoked. Please contact the Astros Communications staff with any questions.

 

ORANGE OUT HOUSTON

The Astros are asking local businesses, schools, community leaders, organizations and Astros fans to Orange Out Houston by wearing orange clothing and accessories, rocking their Astros apparel, decking out their buildings in orange and creatively displaying their Astros pride throughout the Astros' postseason run. Astros fans are encouraged to post photos of what they are doing to Orange Out Houston with the hashtag #NeverSettle.

 

ALDS POSTSEASON WATCH PARTIES PRESENTED BY CHEVY

Fans are invited to watch Astros Postseason away games at Minute Maid Park, free of charge, during the Astros ALDS Postseason Watch Parties presented by Chevy. Fans will need to claim a free Postseason Watch Party voucher for entry at www.astros.com/postseason or at the Minute Maid Park Box Office the day of the event. Parking will be available for purchase in all Astros-controlled parking lots.

 

Prior to each away game, the fun will begin two hours before first pitch with a Postseason Street Fest on Crawford Street, where fans can enjoy live music, food trucks, bar games, inflatables and much more. The game will stream live on the main video board inside Minute Maid Park as well as on large projection screens outside the ballpark.

 

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Houston BBWAA announces annual awards

Bregman, Verlander, Stassi and Morton Among Recipients

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America has announced their annual awards for the 2018 season: 

Astros MVP: IF Alex Bregman
Astros Pitcher of the Year: RHP Justin Verlander
Astros Rookie of the Year: C Max Stassi
Darryl Kile Good Guy Award: RHP Charlie Morton
Houston Area (non Astro) Player of the Year: IF Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Fred Hartman Long and Meritorious Service Award: Willie Berry

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America has announced their annual awards for the 2018 season: 

Astros MVP: IF Alex Bregman
Astros Pitcher of the Year: RHP Justin Verlander
Astros Rookie of the Year: C Max Stassi
Darryl Kile Good Guy Award: RHP Charlie Morton
Houston Area (non Astro) Player of the Year: IF Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Fred Hartman Long and Meritorious Service Award: Willie Berry

Additionally, the chapter also announced that Brian McTaggart of MLB.com will serve as the Chairman for 2019.

This is Alex Bregman's first career Team MVP Award, an honor he received after recording a record-breaking season in 2018. The third baseman earned his first All-Star Team selection, and was named the All-Star Game MVP, the AL June Player of the Month and the AL Player of the Week for the week of June 25-July. Bregman led the Astros in runs (105), hits (170), doubles (51), homers (31), RBI (103), walks (96), on-base percentage (.394) and OPS (.926), and at 24-years-old became the youngest player in Astros history with a 30 homer season. He led the Majors with 51 doubles, joining Lance Berkman as the only players in Astros history with a 50-double, 30-homer season. He also became the Astros first 100-RBI hitter in almost a decade, becoming the first player to reach that total since Carlos Lee in 2009 (102 RBI). Bregman joined Lou Gehrig (1927) as the only players in Major League history to record a season with at least 50 doubles, 30 homers, 90 walks, and 10 stolen bases. He finished the regular season by reaching base safely in 55 consecutive road games, a new franchise record. 

RHP Justin Verlander won his first Team Pitcher of the Year Award following one of the best seasons of his illustrious 14-year career. The 35-year-old went 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA (60ERA/214.0IP) and 290 strikeouts in 34 starts, posting career-highs in strikeouts (290) and WHIP (0.90), which was the third-lowest WHIP for an AL starter in last 50 seasons (min 175IP). He was named to his seventh All-Star Team and is a top contender for the 2018 AL Cy Young Award. Verlander led the AL in strikeouts (290), strikeout to walk ratio (7.84), WHIP (0.90) and opponent OBP (.242). He was named the AL May Pitcher of the Month, and also received the AL Player of Week twice for the weeks of April 9-15 and September 10-16. Verlander finished the season strong, going 4-0 in five September starts with a 1.09 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 33.0 innings. He posted 10-or-more strikeouts in each of his final four starts of the season. 

C Max Stassi had a strong first full season in the majors, leading all Astros catchers with 64 starts, the most by an Astros rookie catcher since Mitch Meluskey in 2000 (88). His 21 extra-base hits were the third-most in club history by a rookie catcher behind only Meluskey (35 in 2000) and Mark Bailey (26 in 1984). Stassi was one of the top pitch-framing catchers in the Majors according to Baseball Prospectus, ranking third in MLB in framing runs above average at 14.9. Stassi led Houston's catchers in runners caught stealing with 10 and ranked fourth among AL catchers in fielding percentage at .997. 

The Darryl Kile Award, which has been awarded to RHP Charlie Morton, is also called the "good guy award," in memory of the late Darryl Kile, a former Astros standout pitcher. It is presented to the player chosen as the most affable with teammates, fans and the press. The first-time AL All-Star had a fantastic season in his second year with the Astros. Morton led the Majors in winning percentage (.833) with a 15-3 record, while also recording a career best in strikeouts (201), games started (30), wins (15), ERA (3.40), quality starts (18), WHIP (1.16) and strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio (10.83).

IF Paul Goldschmidt was named the Houston Area Player of the Year (non-Astro). He had another phenomenal season with the Diamondbacks in what was his eighth season with the club, hitting .290 with 33 home runs, 83 RBI and a .922 OPS en route to his sixth-consecutive NL All-Star nomination. This marks his fifth time winning the Award (2013, 2015-18). Goldschmidt played high school baseball at The Woodlands and in college for the Texas State Bobcats.

Longtime Astros groundskeeper Willie Berry, this year's winner of the Fred Hartman Long and Meritorious Service to Baseball Award, has enjoyed a remarkable career with the Astros that started in early 1970's, when he started working for the Astros at the Astrodome as a janitor. The longest-tenured groundskeeper on the Astros staff, Berry has worked for the Astros for over 45 years and is best known for his meticulous maintenance of the Astros pitchers mound.

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Thursday's Astros game postponed due to inclement weather

Game rescheduled for Saturday as part of single-admission doubleheader

Thursday's Houston Astros game, scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT, against the Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD, has been postponed due to inclement weather conditions. The game has been rescheduled for Saturday as the first game of a single-admission doubleheader.

The first game of the doubleheader will begin at 3:05 p.m. CT. The second game is scheduled to start approximately 30 minutes after the last out of Game 1.

Thursday's Houston Astros game, scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT, against the Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD, has been postponed due to inclement weather conditions. The game has been rescheduled for Saturday as the first game of a single-admission doubleheader.

The first game of the doubleheader will begin at 3:05 p.m. CT. The second game is scheduled to start approximately 30 minutes after the last out of Game 1.

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Limited opening round Astros playoff tickets on-sale Friday

Tickets will be available by phone and online only starting at 9:00 a.m.

HOUSTON, TX - Individual tickets for opening round Astros playoff home games will go on-sale to the general public on Friday, Sept. 28 at 9:00 a.m. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at 1-877-9ASTROS and online at www.astros.com/postseason. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the Minute Maid Park Box Office. 

Due to an extremely limited number of individual game tickets that will be available for postseason games, fans are encouraged to guarantee their access to 2018 postseason tickets by purchasing 2019 Season Tickets, on-sale now by calling 1-877-9ASTROS or by visiting www.astros.com/postseason.

HOUSTON, TX - Individual tickets for opening round Astros playoff home games will go on-sale to the general public on Friday, Sept. 28 at 9:00 a.m. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at 1-877-9ASTROS and online at www.astros.com/postseason. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the Minute Maid Park Box Office. 

Due to an extremely limited number of individual game tickets that will be available for postseason games, fans are encouraged to guarantee their access to 2018 postseason tickets by purchasing 2019 Season Tickets, on-sale now by calling 1-877-9ASTROS or by visiting www.astros.com/postseason.

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Astros Foundation and Houston Police Foundation partner for Badges & Bases H-Town Run Down presented by Cheniere

Race presented by Cheniere

HOUSTON, TX - The Astros Foundation is once again teaming up with the Houston Police Foundation for the 2018 Badges & Bases H-Town Run Down presented by Cheniere on Saturday, Sept. 29. The 10K/5K and Kids Fun Run will all begin on Hamilton Street between Preston and Texas Streets and will finish inside the ballpark, with proceeds of the charitable event benefitting the two hosting foundations. 

"After having to cancel last year's event due to Hurricane Harvey, we are so glad to once again host the Badges & Bases H-Town Run Down with our great partners at the Houston Police Foundation and Cheniere," said Astros Foundation Executive Director Twila Carter. "We look forward to hosting runners of all ages here at the ballpark on Saturday for a day of fun, fitness and giving back to our Houston community."  

HOUSTON, TX - The Astros Foundation is once again teaming up with the Houston Police Foundation for the 2018 Badges & Bases H-Town Run Down presented by Cheniere on Saturday, Sept. 29. The 10K/5K and Kids Fun Run will all begin on Hamilton Street between Preston and Texas Streets and will finish inside the ballpark, with proceeds of the charitable event benefitting the two hosting foundations. 

"After having to cancel last year's event due to Hurricane Harvey, we are so glad to once again host the Badges & Bases H-Town Run Down with our great partners at the Houston Police Foundation and Cheniere," said Astros Foundation Executive Director Twila Carter. "We look forward to hosting runners of all ages here at the ballpark on Saturday for a day of fun, fitness and giving back to our Houston community."  

"We are excited to partner with the Astros Foundation again for another successful race," said Charlene Floyd, Executive Director of the Houston Police Foundation. "This provides HPD a great platform to connect with the Houston community."

"Across our facilities, we work closely with police, fire departments, and emergency responders - seeing first-hand the extraordinary work that our men and women in uniform put in to keep our communities safe," said Mitch Price, Cheniere's Vice President and Chief Security Risk Officer. "We are honored to serve as the title sponsor for the Badges & Bases H-Town Run Down this year, supporting the Astros Foundation and the Houston Police Foundation."

Registration for the Badges & Bases H-Town Run Down is still open at www.astros.com/run. Limited registration will be available the day of the race on Texas Avenue outside Minute Maid Park.

Race packets will be available on race day beginning at 6:15 a.m. or in advance at Academy Sports + Outdoors, located at 2404 Southwest Freeway (between Greenbriar/Shepherd and Kirby). Advance race packet pick-up will be available on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 28 from 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.

All participants will receive a commemorative Badges & Bases T-shirt and will have the opportunity to take a photo at home plate inside the ballpark. Free parking for participants will be available in Astros-controlled lots A, B and C, located off of Preston Street on the east side of Minute Maid Park.

All participants will also be invited to a post-race party held at Minute Maid Park. 

For more information, please visit www.astros.com/run.

ABOUT THE ASTROS FOUNDATION:
The Astros Foundation is the official 501(c)3 team charity of the Houston Astros. We seek to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs, the recognition/honor of our nation's military, childhood cancer awareness and efforts to reduce homelessness. Our cornerstone initiatives include the Community Leaders program, the Astros Youth Academy and the Astros RBI Program. (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities).

ABOUT THE HOUSTON POLICE FOUNDATION:
The mission of the Houston Police Foundation is to foster visible and direct community support for the Houston Police Department by strengthening pride in and connection to the Department's mission of excellence.

The Houston Police Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation formed by local business leaders to support projects of the Houston Police Department. Donations made by individuals and companies fund special programs, officer safety, training, equipment, and new technology -- none of which would be feasible under the City budget. Approximately 96% of HPD's annual budget goes to pay officers and other department personnel.

The role of the Foundation is not to displace funding for basic law enforcement, or to reduce in any way the responsibility of the City of Houston to commit the necessary funding for law enforcement services for its citizens. However, as modern law enforcement tasks continue to become more complex, the Houston Police Department, similar to police departments across the country, has increasing needs to stay current in training, technology and equipment, and communication and partnership efforts with the community.

ABOUT CHENIERE ENERGY:
Cheniere Energy, Inc. is the leading exporter of U.S. liquefied natural gas. Cheniere is currently operating and constructing its Sabine Pass LNG facility in Louisiana and is constructing a second liquefaction facility near Corpus Christi, Texas. When both projects are complete, Cheniere is expected to be a top-5 global supplier of LNG. Cheniere's LNG is based on natural gas sourced from the robust, transparent, and liquid U.S. market, which provides access to abundant and low-cost gas resources. Cheniere is a full-service LNG provider, sourcing gas for its operations and allowing customers to load cargoes at Cheniere's LNG facilities or receive them at regasification plants around the world. To date, more than 400 cumulative LNG cargoes have been exported from the Sabine Pass LNG facility. Cheniere is based in Houston, Texas, and has additional offices in London, Tokyo, Washington, Singapore, and Beijing.

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Astros Community Leader Occidental Petroleum to Donate School Supplies Benefitting Denver Harbor Community

Two HISD elementary schools in Denver Harbor community to receive more than 60 boxes of supplies

WHO:                   Astros Foundation Executive Director Twila Carter

                              Occidental Petroleum Senior Vice President, Business Support, Glenn Vangolen

WHO:                   Astros Foundation Executive Director Twila Carter

                              Occidental Petroleum Senior Vice President, Business Support, Glenn Vangolen

    Houston ISD Strategic Partnerships General Manager Caleen Allen

                                                                                                         

WHAT:                 Astros Community Leader Occidental Petroleum will deliver more than 60 boxes of school supplies

                              donated by its employees to two Houston ISD elementary schools in the Denver Harbor community,

                              the same community where the Occidental Petroleum Community Leaders field serves young students

                              and athletes. The delivery will contain approximately 11,930 total items benefitting Scroggins and Pugh

                              Elementary Schools. Executives from the Astros Foundation, HISD and Occidental will be on-hand to

                              deliver the donations to the two Denver Harbor schools.

 

WHEN:                 Tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 25

                              9:00 a.m. - Scroggins Elementary School

                              10:30 a.m. - Pugh Elementary

                                            

WHERE:               Scroggins Elementary School                                   

                              400 Boyles St.

                              Houston, TX 77020

 

                              Pugh Elementary School

                              1147 Kress St.

                              Houston, TX 77020

 

ABOUT THE ASTROS FOUNDATION:

The Astros Foundation, the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros, seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs, the recognition and honor of our nation's military, childhood cancer awareness and efforts to reduce homelessness. Our cornerstone initiatives include the Community Leaders program, the Astros Youth Academy and the Astros RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Program. For more information on the Astros Foundation, please visit www.astros.com/foundation.

 

ABOUT OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM:

Occidental Petroleum Corporation is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Middle East region and Latin America. Headquartered in Houston, Occidental is one of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies, based on equity market capitalization. The company's wholly owned subsidiary OxyChem manufactures and markets chlor-alkali products and vinyls. Occidental is committed to safeguarding the environment, protecting the safety and health of employees and neighboring communities, and upholding high standards of social responsibility throughout its worldwide operations.

 

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Astros' Yuli Gurriel named AL Player of the Week

Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 23rd. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Gurriel batted .462 (12-for-26) with eight runs scored, three doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI across six games played to earn his first career AL Player of the Week Award. Among qualified AL leaders, Gurriel finished first in RBI; second in total bases (24); tied for second in runs scored; tied for third in extra-base hits (6) and home runs; fourth in slugging percentage (.923); and tied for fourth in batting average and hits. Yuli is the fourth different (fifth time) Astros player to earn weekly honors this season, joining his teammates Justin Verlander (September 16th & April 15th), Alex Bregman (July 1st) and Evan Gattis (June 17th).

Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 23rd. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Gurriel batted .462 (12-for-26) with eight runs scored, three doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI across six games played to earn his first career AL Player of the Week Award. Among qualified AL leaders, Gurriel finished first in RBI; second in total bases (24); tied for second in runs scored; tied for third in extra-base hits (6) and home runs; fourth in slugging percentage (.923); and tied for fourth in batting average and hits. Yuli is the fourth different (fifth time) Astros player to earn weekly honors this season, joining his teammates Justin Verlander (September 16th & April 15th), Alex Bregman (July 1st) and Evan Gattis (June 17th).

On Friday against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park, Gurriel batted 3-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBI, the most RBI by an Astros player since J.R. Towles on September 20, 2007. During his historic contest at the plate, the Cuba native clubbed his third career grand slam and second of the season (also June 24th). With the round-tripper, the Astros matched their single-season Club record with seven grand slams in 2018 (also: 2001 & 2007). In addition, Yuli's brother, Lourdes, logged a pair of home runs in Toronto's game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the duo became the first set of brothers to both record multi-homer games on the same day in MLB history. Over the weekend, Yuli logged at least two hits and a pair of runs scored in three consecutive games from Friday-Sunday, becoming the first Astros player to accomplish the feat since Kazuo Matsui (April 20-22, 2008). Gurriel, a right-handed-hitting slugger, enters play today in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak dating back to September 14th, and is now batting .288 on the season. About to finish his third Major League campaign with the Astros, the 34-year-old owns a career slash line of .290/.323/.450 to go along with 151 runs scored, 83 doubles, 34 home runs and 174 RBI.

Other noteworthy performances last week included outfielder Tommy Pham (.481, 8 R, 2 3B, 3 HR), starting pitcher Blake Snell (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11.2 IP, 16 SO) and infielder Joey Wendle (.462, 12 H, 7 2B, 5 RBI) of the Rays; second baseman Robinson Canó (.619, 13 H, 5 2B, 7 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners; outfielder Stephen Piscotty (.421, 9 R, 4 XBH, 9 RBI) of the Oakland Athletics; outfielder Nicholas Castellanos (.500, 13 H, 5 2B, 5 RBI) of the Detroit Tigers; and starting pitcher J.A. Happ (2 GS, 0.82 ERA, 11.0 IP, 13 SO), outfielder Aaron Hicks (.381, 7 R, 5 XBH, 7 RBI) and first baseman Luke Voit (.368, 7 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI) of the New York Yankees.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Yuli Gurriel will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

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Gurriel named American League Player of the Week

Astros first baseman wins first-career weekly award

HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has been named the American League Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 16-23. This marks the first-career American League Player of the Week award for Gurriel.

Last week, Gurriel hit .433 (13x30) with three doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and a 1.267 OPS (.433 OBP/.833 SLG) in seven games, five of which were Astros victories. Among American League players during the week, he ranked first in RBI, tied for first in hits and tied for second in both runs scored (8) and total bases (25).

HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has been named the American League Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 16-23. This marks the first-career American League Player of the Week award for Gurriel.

Last week, Gurriel hit .433 (13x30) with three doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and a 1.267 OPS (.433 OBP/.833 SLG) in seven games, five of which were Astros victories. Among American League players during the week, he ranked first in RBI, tied for first in hits and tied for second in both runs scored (8) and total bases (25).

On Friday, Sept. 21, Gurriel went 3x4 with two home runs and a career-high seven RBI against the Angels, setting a Minute Maid Park record for RBI in a game while tying a club record for RBI by an Astros first baseman, a mark that Jeff Bagwell reached twice in his career (July 7, 2001 and Aug. 13, 2000). Yuli made history that night with his brother, Toronto Blue Jays IF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. , as the two became the first set of siblings to hit multiple home runs on the same day in the Major Leagues.

On the season, Gurriel has hit .288 (149x518) with 33 doubles, 13 home runs and a career-high 84 RBI, which rank second on the Astros behind only Alex Bregman (100). A native of Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, Gurriel recorded his 80th career double in what was his 300th career game in the Majors on Sept. 17, the most doubles by a Cuban-born player within his first 300 games in Major League history.

Gurriel becomes the fourth Astros player to win the AL Player of the Week award this season, as he joins two-time winner Justin Verlander (Sept. 10-16, April 9-15), Alex Bregman (June 25-July 1) and Evan Gattis (June 11-17). The Astros have also won two AL monthly awards this season, with Verlander capturing AL Pitcher of the Month honors for May and Bregman winning AL Player of the Month honors for June.

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Astros Team Store Opens for Postseason Clinch Event as Astros Secure Playoff Berth

Astros Union Station Team Store open now for shopping extravaganza

Tonight's win brings the Astros magic number down to zero, officially marking Houston's clinch of a 2018 Postseason berth and the Astros Team Store Postseason Clinch Event. The Postseason Clinch Event is open now at the Union Station Team Store and will remain open to the public until 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 22. This special retail event is the very first opportunity for Astros fans to purchase their 2018 Astros Postseason merchandise. This marks Houston's third playoff berth in the past four seasons as they look to win back-to-back titles.

 

Tonight's win brings the Astros magic number down to zero, officially marking Houston's clinch of a 2018 Postseason berth and the Astros Team Store Postseason Clinch Event. The Postseason Clinch Event is open now at the Union Station Team Store and will remain open to the public until 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 22. This special retail event is the very first opportunity for Astros fans to purchase their 2018 Astros Postseason merchandise. This marks Houston's third playoff berth in the past four seasons as they look to win back-to-back titles.

 

The Astros Union Station Team Store will host several special activities throughout the shopping event, including visits from the Coca-Cola Shooting Stars, hourly drawings, gifts-with-purchase, free coffee and doughnuts, games, merchandise giveaways, and a grand prize of a $500 shopping spree to the Astros Team Store.

 

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Astros partner with Round Rock for Triple-A club

Four-year agreement reunites Astros and Express

ROUND ROCK, TX -- During a ceremony this evening at Dell Diamond, the Round Rock Express and Houston Astros announced that they have reached a four-year agreement that will return the Astros Triple A Club to Round Rock.

Round Rock served as the Astros Double A affiliate from 2000-04 and then as its Triple A affiliate from 2005-10. The Astros Triple A affiliate had been in Fresno for the past four seasons (2015-18).

ROUND ROCK, TX -- During a ceremony this evening at Dell Diamond, the Round Rock Express and Houston Astros announced that they have reached a four-year agreement that will return the Astros Triple A Club to Round Rock.

Round Rock served as the Astros Double A affiliate from 2000-04 and then as its Triple A affiliate from 2005-10. The Astros Triple A affiliate had been in Fresno for the past four seasons (2015-18).

"This will be a great partnership for the Astros and the Express in a variety of ways," said Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan. "We now have our two highest minor league affiliates back in Texas, which is great for our fans and, logistically, for our Major League club when promoting players. And, it should be a big plus for the Express on the field as well. As an organization, the Astros take a great deal of pride in our player development process, the results of which can be seen with the success of our minor league clubs and by our Major League club."

The Express were founded as a Double-A franchise in 2000 by Ryan Sanders Baseball, a group made up of Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, his sons Reid and Reese, Houston businessman Don Sanders and his sons, Bret and Brad.

"On a personal level, this is certainly an exciting day for our family as well," Reid Ryan commented. "We have made so many great memories in Round Rock with the Express over the years. From all the work that went into bringing a minor league club to Central Texas to the championships won along the way, this city and this team will always hold a special place in our hearts."

"This is a great day for all Central Texas baseball fans," Express CEO Reese Ryan said. "The Astros have been a big part of our family and this area for a long time. We're excited to partner with them once again as we get ready for our 20th anniversary season at Dell Diamond."

Since Jim Crane purchased the Astros following the 2011 season, the Astros have built and maintained one the finest minor league systems in all of baseball, under the direction of Jeff Luhnow, the team's President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. Five of the Astros minor league affiliates qualified for the postseason in 2018, including their Triple A club at Fresno. The Astros also boasted the second-highest combined minor league winning percentage in baseball this season. That success in player development has had translated to success in the Major Leagues as well as several of the Astros current big league players were drafted and/or developed in their minor league system.

During its first stint in the Houston organization, Round Rock enjoyed great success in its five-year Texas League affiliation, reaching the playoffs four times and winning the 2000 Texas League Championship. After joining the PCL in 2005, the Express posted a then-franchise-best 85-59 record en route to capturing their first-ever American Conference Championship.

After the new PDC agreement was announced in front of over 700 season ticket members, sponsors and media tonight at Dell Diamond, the Express also unveiled a new brand identity that included a new logo and new uniforms for the 2019 season. Fans will enjoy a new "double-R" mark as well, a cattle brand nod to the Ryan family's love of ranching. The double-R is the focal point of a new custom Express team font that fans can expect to see in 2019.

"As we enter the next era of Round Rock Express baseball, it made all the sense in the world to give our brand a refresh," Express General Manager Tim Jackson said. "On the dawn of our 20th anniversary season and our rejoining the Houston organization, we're excited to pay homage to our original color scheme while giving our look a Major League redesign."

The Round Rock Express kick off their historic 20th anniversary season with Opening Day at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 against the rival Nashville Sounds.

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Astros announce 2018 Minor League Players of the Year

Both players will be recognized on the field at Minute Maid Park on Saturday

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros player development department has named OF Kyle Tucker the 2018 Astros Minor League Player of the Year, and RHP Josh James the 2018 Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

This marks the second-consecutive Astros Minor League Player of the Year Award for Tucker, who batted .332 with 27 doubles, three triples, 24 homers, 93 RBI, 20 stolen bases and a .989 OPS (.400 OBP/.590 SLG) in 100 games with the Triple A Fresno Grizzlies. The 21-year-old was also named the Baseball America Triple A Player of the Year and a Baseball America First Team Minor League All-Star. Tucker led all Triple A hitters in OPS and ranked third in batting average despite being the second-youngest player at the Triple A level. In addition to being named a Pacific Coast League Midseason All-Star, Tucker also received two PCL Player of the Week awards (June 18-24; Aug. 20-26) and was named the PCL August Player of the Month.

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros player development department has named OF Kyle Tucker the 2018 Astros Minor League Player of the Year, and RHP Josh James the 2018 Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

This marks the second-consecutive Astros Minor League Player of the Year Award for Tucker, who batted .332 with 27 doubles, three triples, 24 homers, 93 RBI, 20 stolen bases and a .989 OPS (.400 OBP/.590 SLG) in 100 games with the Triple A Fresno Grizzlies. The 21-year-old was also named the Baseball America Triple A Player of the Year and a Baseball America First Team Minor League All-Star. Tucker led all Triple A hitters in OPS and ranked third in batting average despite being the second-youngest player at the Triple A level. In addition to being named a Pacific Coast League Midseason All-Star, Tucker also received two PCL Player of the Week awards (June 18-24; Aug. 20-26) and was named the PCL August Player of the Month.

Tucker was selected by the Astros with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft and is ranked by multiple third party outlets as the top position player prospect in the Astros system. The Tampa, Fla., native made his Major League debut with the Astros on July 7 at Minute Maid Park and has played in 22 games at the big league level with Houston across three stints with the club.

James put together one of the most dominant seasons in the minor leagues this year, combining to go 6-4 with a 3.23 ERA (41ER/114.1IP), 171 strikeouts and a .191 opponent batting average in 23 games (21 starts) between Triple A Fresno (17g) and Double A Corpus Christi (6g). The 25-year-old led the minor leagues in strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio (13.46) and strikeout rate (36.3%). His 171 strikeouts were tied for the fourth-most in the minor leagues and were the most by an Astros minor league pitcher in over a decade.

James made his Major League debut with the Astros on Sept. 1 vs. the Angels, striking out nine batters in 5.0 innings to tie the second-most strikeouts recorded by an Astros pitcher in a Major League debut. Selected by the Astros in the 34th round of the 2014 MLB Draft, James surpassed Darryl Kile (30th round, 1987 MLB Draft) as the lowest-drafted pitcher in franchise history to make a start in Major Leagues for Houston.

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