Bud Norris walked down the hall to his new team, the Baltimore Orioles, and stepped right into the middle of a pennant race.
Coco Crisp hit a two-run homer in Oakland’s three-run seventh inning to help the Athletics to a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.
Jarrod Parker’s record may not show it, but he’s been among baseball’s best pitchers over the last two months.
The Athletics have won all nine meetings this year with their newest division rivals, and will likely again be without slugger Yoenis Cespedes in Monday night’s opener of a three-game series in Houston.
Terms were not disclosed but Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said it was “the most significant investment” the Astros have ever made in an amateur player.
The Houston Astros are close to agreeing to terms with starting pitcher Mark Appel, CBS Sports has confirmed. Appel will graduate from Stanford with a degree in management science and engineering this coming Sunday and is then expected to sign a big-money deal.
The Houston Astros have selected Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft. He went 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 106 1-3 innings this season for the Cardinal.
Top prospects in this year’s MLB amateur draft group include Oklahoma pitcher Jonathan Gray and Stanford pitcher Mark Appel. The Houston Astros have the first pick.
Stanford senior right-handed pitcher Mark Appel could well be the first overall choice of the Houston Astros in Thursday afternoon’s MLB first-year (amateur) player draft.
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