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MLB reclassifies Negro Leagues as major league

Major League Baseball said Wednesday it was “correcting a longtime oversight in the game’s history” by elevating the Negro Leagues.

Bang! Bang! Astros thump away vs Oakland, return to ALCS

Springer hits 2 HRs, Astros beat A’s 5-2 for 2-0 ALDS lead

Correa, Springer rally Astros past A’s 10-5 in ALDS opener

Astros sweep as Twins lose 18th straight in playoffs

Astros win 4-1 in Game 1; Twins' record losing streak at 17

MLB players Wade LeBlanc and Jace Peterson raise funds for Hurricane Laura relief in hometown

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Lake Charles native Wade LeBlanc to miss rest of season with elbow injury

Thursday’s Astros-Angels game moved to Tuesday due to Tropical Storm Laura

Lake Charles native Wade LeBlanc exits Orioles game with elbow discomfort

Brewers call up Lake Charles native Jace Peterson from alternate training site

Astros win 8th straight, pounding Rockies with two five-run innings

Astros’ Alex Bregman placed on 10-day injured list

Tucker homers, triples twice; Astros beat Rockies, 13-6

Kyle Tucker homered, hit two triples and drove in four runs, and the Houston Astros beat the Colorado Rockies 13-6 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight win.

SIX STRAIGHT: Astros top Rockies in 11 innings

Myles Straw’s RBI single with one out in the 11th inning lifted the Houston Astros over the Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Tuesday, extending their winning streak to a season-high six games.

Correa’s double helps Astros down Rockies, 2-1

Carlos Correa drove in two runs with a double to back up a strong start by rookie Brandon Bielak, and the Houston Astros extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

Maldonado’s 3-run shot leads Astros over Giants 5-1

Martín Maldonado hit a three-run home run to back a strong start by Zack Greinke and help the Houston Astros to a 5-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.

McCullers flirts with no-no as Astros stop five-game skid

Cardinals’ game against Cubs postponed after positive COVID-19 test

Dbacks beat Astros 5-4 on Calhoun’s single in ninth

All quiet till Ríos HR in 13th lifts Dodgers over Astros 4-2

MLB temporarily suspends Marlins season through the weekend

Astros pick up manager Dusty Baker’s contract option

At least 3 MLB games postponed amid Marlins’ virus outbreak

More than a dozen Marlins players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak that disrupted Major League Baseball's schedule on the fifth day of the pandemic-delayed season.

Astros’ ace Verlander disputes report that he’ll miss remainder of the season

According to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, Houston Astros ace, Justin Verlander is out for the season after suffering an elbow injury.

Lake Charles native Wade LeBlanc picks up his first win of the season on Sunday

On Sunday, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Wade LeBlanc picked up his first win and led his team to their first series win this season against the Red Sox, 7-4.

MLB announces that 2020 postseason will expand to 16 teams

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced Thursday that the 2020 Postseason will expand to 16 teams, beginning with eight best-of-three Wild Card Series preceding the Division Series. All of the new Postseason games will be exclusively televised by ES

Astros set for opening day game against Mariners on Friday

The 2019 American League Champion Houston Astros will officially kick off the 2020 Major League Baseball season Friday with an 8:10 p.m. Opening Day game against the Seattle Mariners. The reigning 2019 AL Cy Young Award winner, Justin Verlander, will start for the Astros opposite left-handed pitcher

Opening day amid virus: Masks, empty parks, social justice

At long last, the Major League Baseball season is set to begin. Four months after it was originally scheduled, opening day in the coronavirus pandemic era is almost here.

Lake Charles native Wade LeBlanc to start opening weekend for the Orioles

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Wade LeBlac will start Sunday’s game against the Red Sox according to a report from Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.

Astros win first summer exhibition game over Royals, 6-3

The Houston Astros and pitcher Lance McCullers looked prime for the regular season with the team’s 6-3 summer exhibition win over the Royals Monday night. McCullers was sharp in his five innings of work, as he allowed four hits, no walks and picked six strikeouts. The only run given up was a solo ho

MLB’s testing sweep brings some success but optics are issue

Major League Baseball's COVID-19 testing sweep appears to be having some success even as large swaths of the United States continue to struggle with containing the fast-spreading virus.

MLB releases pandemic-shortened schedule amid testing delays

By the time MLB revealed each team’s 60-game slate, last year's World Series teams, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, had canceled workouts because of COVID-19 testing delays.

Astros release 2020 60-game schedule

The defending American League Champion Houston Astros will begin the 2020 season at home, hosting the Seattle Mariners on Friday, July 24 at Minute Maid Park. It will be the first of a six-game homestand in which the Astros will host Seattle (4 games) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2 games).

MLB cancels All-Star Game for 1st time since 1945

The All-Star Game scheduled for July 14 was canceled Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lake Charles native Wade LeBlanc added to Orioles’ 60-man player pool

Lake Charles native and MLB veteran Wade LeBlanc was added to the Baltimore Orioles’ 60-man player pool list on Sunday. LeBlanc was one of 26 pitchers on the initially released roster as a non-roster invite, although only eight are left-handed. MLB teams must enter the season with 30 players on thei

Lake Charles native Jace Peterson makes Brewers’ 45-man roster

Former McNeese Cowboy and Hamilton Christian Warrior Jace Peterson has officially received an invite to the Milwaukee Brewers 45-man summer camp.

Fantasy sports betting edges closer to reality in Louisiana

Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to the taxing rate for fantasy sports betting.

Baseball’s back: MLB sets 60-game sked, opens July 23 or 24

Major League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule Tuesday night that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony.

Balk in baseball coronavirus talks, July 19 start off

An email from baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to union head Tony Clark led to a balk in the drawn-out talks to start the pandemic-delayed season, which now won’t begin by July 19.

AP source: MLB spring training sites close amid virus worry

The players' association was told by Major League Baseball on Friday that teams will not agree to more than 60 games in the pandemic-delayed season, leaving open the possibility of an even shorter schedule of perhaps 50 games or fewer.

MLB offers players 80% of prorated salaries, 72-game season

Players would get 70% of their prorated salaries during the regular season and the rest for completion of the postseason.

2020 MLB DRAFT: LSU OF Daniel Cabrera selected by Tigers

LSU outfielder Daniel Cabrera has been selected in Competitive Balance Round B (No. 62) overall by the Detroit Tigers in the 2020 MLB Draft.

2020 MLB DRAFT: LSU RHP Cole Henry selected in second round by Nationals

LSU right-handed pitcher Cole Henry has been selected in the second round (No. 55 overall) by the Washington Nationals in the 2020 MLB Draft.

MLB rejects 114-game schedule, threatens plan of about 50

Management has said it will discuss a schedule of about 50 games, which would result in players receiving about 30% of their full salaries.

Outfielder Dylan Crews chooses LSU over MLB

LSU baseball head coach Paul Mainieri and the Tigers received some really good news Wednesday, June 3. Outfielder Dylan Crews announced he will attend LSU after all.

  Former Pokes discuss balancing life in the minors and pandemic

A year ago this week, the McNeese baseball team was celebrating its first Southland Conference tournament title in 16 years. A few members from last year’s squad were able to continue their careers as pros and are currently trying to balance minor league life with the pandemic.

AP source: MLB owners approve plan to start season in July

Spring training would start in early to mid-June, said a person familiar with the decision.

MLB to pay minor leaguers $400 per week until May 31

Major League Baseball is extending its financial support to minor league players through May while suspending their contracts because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Astros great Jimmy Wynn nicknamed ‘Toy Cannon’ dies at 78

Former Astros All-Star Jimmy Wynn passed away today. He was 78 years old. After his playing career, for several years, Wynn played an active role in the Astros community efforts. At the time of his passing, Wynn was a part of the Astros front office as Community Outreach Executive.

Sticking to script: Bregman, Astros discuss sign stealing

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred disciplined the Astros after he found the team broke rules by using electronics to steal signs during its run to the 2017 World Series championship and again in the 2018 season.

Astros name James Click new general manager

The Houston Astros have hired James Click as the club’s new general manager, Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane announced today. He becomes the 13th general manager in franchise history.

Lake Charles native Gunner Leger inks MLB deal with Cleveland

After a long college career, Leger announced on Twitter he signed a free-agent deal with the Cleveland Indians Wednesday. Leger said despite being undrafted, the deal is considered a first-year player contract, with the terms and verbiage similar to an average rookie deal.

Dusty Baker named new Houston Astros manager

The Houston Astros have hired Dusty Baker as the club’s new manager, Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane announced today. He becomes the 19th manager in franchise history.

Derek Jeter, Larry Walker elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Derek Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous pick for the Hall of Fame while Larry Walker also earned baseball’s highest honor on Tuesday.

Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros wins second AL Cy Young Award

Astros All-Star right-handed pitcher Justin Verlander has been named the 2019 American League Cy Young Award winner, as announced by the Baseball Writers Association of America tonight on MLB Network.

Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros wins second AL Cy Young Award

Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros wins second AL Cy Young Award

MLB checking after report 2017 Astros illegally stole signs

Major League Baseball has expanded its investigation into the Houston Astros after The Athletic website reported the team stole signs during home games in 2017 by using a camera positioned in center field

Astros’ Bregman, Greinke and Springer win Silver Slugger Awards

Louisville Slugger announced Thursday that Houston Astros All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman and All-Star outfielder George Springer won the Silver Slugger Award, which names them as the top offensive player at their position in the American League in 2019.

Astros president Ryan shifts to lesser role with team

Astros president Reid Ryan is shifting to a lesser role and owner Jim Crane's son is joining the executive team, moves announced 11 days after Crane apologized to a reporter and retracted a statement by the club

Alonso, Álvarez honored as top rookies by Baseball Digest

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Houston Astros slugger Yordan Álvarez have been picked as this year's top rookies by Baseball Digest

Astros tender qualifying offer to Cole, make seceral roster moves

The Houston Astros have tendered RHP Gerrit Cole a qualifying offer, selected LHP Kent Emanuel to the 40-man roster, reinstated RHP Lance McCullers Jr. from the 60-day IL, and declined their 2020 option on RHP Chris Devenski.

Four Astros named finalists for 2019 BBWAA awards

Alvarez, Bregman, Cole and Verlander are vying for the MLB’s most prestigious season-long awards.

  Nationals top Astros in Game 7 to win 1st World Series title

Howie Kendrick and Anthony Rendon homered in the seventh inning as the Washington Nationals overcame a two-run deficit and rocked the Houston Astros 6-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 to claim the first World Series title in franchise history.

Nats beat Astros 7-2, force Game 7 in World Series

Stephen Strasburg gutted through without his best fastball to throw a five-hitter Tuesday night, and now it’s on to Game 7 in the first World Series ever in which the visiting team won each of the first six games.

Alex Bregman becomes youngest AL player to hit 3 World Series home runs

Former LSU star Alex Bregman has been on fire during the World Series.

Cole pitches Astros to 3-2 Series lead over Nats

The Houston Astros handed the ball to Gerrit Cole, and he gave them a firm grip on the World Series.

Astros pound Nats 8-1, even World Series 2-2

Houston and Washington are all even in a World Series that has been one big road show.

Altuve, Astros show up in World Series, win Game 3 in DC 4-1

The World Series finally showed up back in Washington, 86 years later — and, sparked by José Altuve, the Houston Astros finally showed up in this World Series.

Astros fire Taubman over clubhouse incident with reporters

The Astros have fired assistant general manager Brandon Taubman for directing inappropriate comments at female reporters following Houston's pennant-winning victory over the New York Yankees

Strasburg stars as Nats rout Astros 12-3 for 2-0 Series lead

Stephen Strasburg outdueled fellow ace Justin Verlander, overcoming a shaky start to give the Washington Nationals a 12-3 win over the Houston Astros and a commanding 2-0 lead in the World Series.

Soto, Nationals top Cole, Astros 5-4 in World Series opener

The Nats had a week off after sweeping St. Louis in the NL Championship Series and easily answered any worries about whether the layoff would result in rest or rust.

World Series set to begin with Houston hosting Washington in Game 1

Gerrit Cole and Houston will host Washington in Game 1 of the World Series

Astros pick Verlander for Game 2, Greinke for Game 3

Justin Verlander will follow Gerrit Cole and start Game 2 of the World Series for Houston against Washington on Wednesday

Altuve’s HR in 9th sends Astros to World Series over Yankees

The Houston Astros outlasted the New York Yankees 6-4 Saturday night to advance to the World Series for the second time in three years.

LeMahieu, Hicks lift Yanks over Astros, close to 3-2 in ALCS

DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks stunned Justin Verlander with first-inning home runs, James Paxton made the lead stand up and the New York Yankees beat Houston 4-1, cutting the Astros' lead in the AL Championship Series to 3-2

Astros power past Yanks for 3-1 ALCS lead, Verlander up next

George Springer and Carlos Correa each hit three-run home runs, and the Houston Astros got another wild ace off the hook to beat the sloppy New York Yankees 8-3 and reach the cusp of a second World Series visit in three years

Rain moves ALCS game 4 to Thursday

New York City is expected to see a strong coastal storm this afternoon which caused the Astros-Yankees American League Championship Series game 4 to be pushed back a day.

Nationals sweep Cardinals; DC in World Series for 1st time since ’33

The team went from 19-31 during a mediocre May to the Fall Classic in an outstanding October — and the city's first World Series appearance since 1933.

Cole pitches Astros past Yankees 4-1 for 2-1 lead in ALCS

A gritty Gerrit Cole held the New York Yankees scoreless without his sharpest stuff, Jose Altuve sparked Houston at the plate and the Astros locked down a 4-1 victory to take a 2-1 lead in the AL Championship Series

Correa HR in 11th, Astros top Yankees 3-2; ALCS tied at 1

Carlos Correa hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning and the Houston Astros won a battle of the bullpens, beating the New York Yankees 3-2 to tie the AL Championship Series at one game apiece