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July 26 - This Date in Astros History
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July 26

2006 - Craig Biggio smacks the 50th leadoff homer of his career in an 8-5 victory over the Reds. Lance Berkman goes deep twice and drives in four. Berkman's 91 RBIs lead the league. However, the floundering Astros sit five games under .500, five games out of the wild card race and with five teams in between Houston and Cincinnati.
1976 - As it ought to be. The 1,000th game in Astrodome history is a 7-0 shutout over San Diego as Larry Dierker spins a two-hitter. Bob Watson paces the offense with a home run and three runs batted in.
1974 - Larry Milbourne scores in the 11th on a fielder's choice to give Houston an 8-7 triumph over Los Angeles. Roger Metzger has three hits and raps into the game-winner when the throw home by Davey Lopes is late. Cesar Cedeno socks two home runs and drives in four. His 79 RBIs lead the league while his 21 home runs are just one shy of ex-teammate Jim Wynn for the top spot in that category.
1968 - Jim Wynn becomes the first player in franchise history to reach 100 homers. He does so with a three-run blast in the eighth inning off Frank Linzy to drop San Francisco, 4-1. The other run is driven in by Dick Simpson who leads the Astros with three hits. Denny Lemaster picks up the win.
1963 - Bob Aspromonte hits another home run for blinded Bill Bradley who is able to watch this grand slam that beats the Mets, 7-3 . After three operations in two years, Bradley's sight is restored, allowing him to see the promised homer and to see his hero point to him as he rounded the bases. The blast capped a seven-run first inning which was all Turk Farrell needed to chalk up the victory.

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Date      Opp      Result
7/01      CSX      W 5-0
7/02      CSX*     L 7-6
7/03      CSX*     L 4-1
7/04      SEA*     W 2-1
7/05      SEA      W 5-2
7/06      SEA      W 9-8
7/07      OAK      L 3-1
7/08      OAK     W 10-9
7/09      OAK*     L 3-2
7/10      OAK*     W 2-1
7/11      off        --
7/12      ASG     AL 4-2
7/13      off        --
7/14      off        --
7/15     @SEA      W 7-3
7/16     @SEA*     L 1-0
7/17     @SEA*     W 8-1
7/18     @OAK      L 7-4
7/19     @OAK      L 4-3
7/20     @OAK*     W 7-0
7/21      off        --
7/22      ANA      W 2-1
7/23      ANA      W 7-2
7/24      ANA*    W 13-3
7/25      NYY      L 2-1
7/26      NYY       ----
7/27      NYY       ----
7/28      off        --
7/29     @DET       ----
7/30     @DET       ----
7/31     @DET*      ----
* - day game.

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Houston Astros recap - 07/26/16 - Yanks Trip Astros In Bregman's Debut
Yanks Trip Astros In Bregman's Debut
Houston Loses Ground On Rangers, Jays

Valbuena encourages Keuchel
(c) Associated Press
Dallas Keuchel, Houston's Cy Young Award Winner from a year ago, has had a disappointing season which has been frustrating to watch. He has lost a few he deserved to lose but he's also lost a few where he just happened to be the man on the mound when the bats gave little support.

Monday night was such a night as Keuchel allowed the winning run in the eighth inning of a 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees at Minute Maid. Austin Romine doubled in the frame to plate Chase Headley with the decisive run. The Yanks, even after trading Aroldis Chapman earlier in the day, were in the spot to let their talented bullpen close it out for them. Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller shut the door but not without some ninth inning drama.

Luis Valbuena reached with his third hit of the night then pinch-runner Jake Marisnick advanced to second on a fielders choice by Evan Gattis that put two aboard with one out. However, Miller recovered by coaxing a 6-4-3 double play out of Carlos Gomez to end the game before 30,000 dynamically-priced fans.

Keuchel also allowed an RBI single to Headley in the fifth after Didi Gregorius doubled. Keuchel actually pitched well, allowing just six hits and no walks in 7-2/3rd innings. He retired 13 of 14 in one stretch.

His offense let him down. George Springer drilled a solo homer as the first Houston batter of the game and the last Houston batter to cross the plate. The Astros had a couple of chances to add on against Michael Pineda but failed to give Keuchel any additional runs to work with.

Alex Bregman, last year's second overall draft choice, played his first big league game at third base but was 0-for-4 at the plate with two strikeouts, joining the ranks of Colin Moran and A.J. Reed for inauspicious big league debuts. Don't worry, fans. He'll get his chances to turn that around.

Jose Altuve was 1-for-4 to run his batting streak to ten games since the All-Star Break.

The Astros fell back a game to the Rangers in the AL West (now 3-1/2 back) and to the Blue Jays in the Wild Card race (now 1-1/2 in arrears).

Recovering alcoholic C.C. Sabathia (5-8) will pitch the Middle Game for the Yankees on Tuesday night against Doug Fister (10-6) in a 7:10 Central tip-off. The Astros will need to win on Tuesday and Wednesday to split the season series.

The trade front still seems very quiet with a week remaining. No news is imminent while the Astros shop for a backup lefty reliever, an upgrade for the rotation or maybe some help for the skittish offense. Stay tuned as the deadline approaches.

- Bob Hulsey

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Bregman debuts; father can't believe reception - NESN
Correa already breaking records - Call to the Pen
Astros make it up to fan who wasn't allowed to bring cane into game - KTRK-TV
Yankees-Astros preview - Associated Press
Yankees squeak by Keuchel and Astros for 2-1 win - New York Daily News
Bregman brings excitement in MLB debut with Astros - Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Pineda, bullpen help Yankees edge Astros - New York Newsday
Rookie's first-game collar aside, Astros' long-term prognosis appears brighter - Houston Chronicle
Fister eyes his 3rd straight win vs. CC, Yanks - Astros.com
Keuchel sharp, but Astros fall short vs. New York - Astros.com
Astros willing to consider 'rental' on trade market - Astros.com
Bregman MLB debut 'pretty special' - Astros.com
Keuchel's tough-luck stretch continues vs. NY - Astros.com
Bregman brings 'exceptional' D to MLB debut - Astros.com
Astros in talks with several teams - Houston Chronicle
Yankees' Rodriguez talks numbers with team - Houston Chronicle
Astros fail to figure out Yankees' pitching - Houston Chronicle
Hard work pays off as Bregman makes Astros debut - Houston Chronicle
Beltran's in town, so let's act like adults - Houston Press
Yanks Trip Astros In Bregman's Debut
- Astros Daily
Meet Alex Bregman - The Ringer
Astros call up Bregman, looking to end 3B horrors - Sporting News
Altuve hits two HRs, drives in six as Astros maul Angels - Sports Xchange
Yankees-Astros preview - Stats
Astros crush Angels 13-3 - Associated Press
Altuve comes up big in every possible way - ESPN
Bregman promoted to Astros - Fresbo Bee
What you need to know about the Astros promoting Bregman - CBS Sports
Bregman called up by Astros in 'dream come true' - The Advocate
Hinch: No sense of urgency to make a deal - Astros.com
Gonzalez exits with sprained left ankle - Astros.com
What to expect from Astros' Bregman - Astros.com
Astros' top prospect Bregman set for MLB debut vs. Yanks - Astros.com
Big shoes to fill: Altuve pays tribute to Junior - Astros.com
Altuve homers twice as Astros sweep Angels - Astros.com
Astros calling up top prospect Bregman - Astros.com
Gonzalez leaves game with injury - Houston Chronicle
Altuve, Astros torch Lincecum, Angels - Houston Chronicle
On deck: Astros vs. Yankees - Houston Chronicle
Astros, Rangers minor league teams brawl - Houston Chronicle
Bregman latest in string of highly anticipated Astros' debuts - Houston Chronicle
Altuve En Fuego In Astros Romp
- Astros Daily
Astros call up top prospect Alex Bregman - Houston Chronicle
Cuban shortstop Anibal Sierra signs for $1.5 million bonus - Houston Chronicle
Astros' McHugh, Gattis too much for Angels - Reuters
Astros knock Weaver around in victory over Angels, 7-2 - Los Angeles Times
Astros sign Cuban shortstop Anibal Sierra - Associated Press
Bregman moves to left to gain flexibility with Astros - Fresno Bee
Correa helps give away 500 beds to kids in need - KIAH-TV
Fiers tasked with completing sweep vs. Angels - Astros.com
Duffy claimed off waivers by Rangers - Astros.com
Astros sign Cuban free-agent shortstop Sierra - Astros.com
Correa's homer sets Astros milestone - Astros.com
Astros beat Angels for 10th straight time - Astros.com
Two gnome runs? Astros' Gattis explains - Astros.com
Astros give slumping Rasmus day off - Houston Chronicle
Hinch shares funny Ken Griffey Jr. story - Houston Chronicle
Sunday a big start for Astros' righthander Fiers - Houston Chronicle
Gattis' monster performance powers Astros over Angels - Houston Chronicle
Gattis Shows Off Gnome-Run Power
- Astros Daily
Astros keep rolling vs. Angels - Sports Xchange
Angels thrown a curve in 2-1 loss to Astros - Los Angeles Times
Angels-Astros preview - Stats
McCullers guides Astros past Angels - Associated Press
McHugh faces Angels in 20th start of season - Astros.com
Sources: Astros finalizing deal with Sierra - Astros.com
Tucker makes immediate impact after callup - Astros.com
Defense is key in Astros' win over Angels - Astros.com
McCullers takes it to another level at home - Astros.com
Astros ride McCullers' arm to win over Angels - Astros.com
Gattis takes batting practice, could be available off bench - Houston Chronicle
Gurriel works out at Astros' facility in Florida - Houston Chronicle
Everyday at-bats in AAA more beneficial to Reed's development - Houston Chronicle
Astros hold off Angels behind McCullers' gem - Houston Chronicle
McCullers Whiffs 10; Handcuffs Halos, 2-1
- Astros Daily
Lance McCullers: man of extrema - Beyond the Box Score
Gurriel will start with rookie league squad - CBS Sports
Astros' Whitley makes pro debut - Houston Chronicle
Projecting Yulieski Gourriel [sic] - iSportsWeb
Surging Astros prepare for postseason return - USA Today
Astros' relievers thriving in a tough world - Houston Chronicle
Angels-Astros preview - Stats
On deck: Angels at Astros - OC Register
Preview: Angels at Astros - Sports Xchange
Astros TV ratings soar in second season on new carrier - Houston Business Journal
Where would Gurriel rank if he was a prospect? - Astros.com
Bregman focused on making most of time at Triple-A - Astros.com
Astros call up Tucker from Triple-A Fresno - Astros.com
Hinch made lineup work despite missing pieces - Houston Chronicle
On deck: Angels at Astros - Houston Chronicle
Possible targets for Astros at the trade deadline - Houston Chronicle
Reed heads back to Class AAA - Houston Chronicle
Bregman ready to contribute if called up by Astros - Houston Chronicle
Interview with Astros draft pick Howie Brey - On the Banks
Fister shuts down Athletics - Sports Xchange
RBIs please Correa in Astros' win over Athletics - Houston Chronicle
Astros bounce back with 7-0 victory over A's - Associated Press
As fall in another finale, this time 7-0 to Astros - San Frnacisco Chronicle
Bregman among top prospect performers Wednesday - Astros.com
McCullers starts as Astros aim to further success vs. Angels - Astros.com
Top prospect Bregman makes 1st start in LF - Astros.com
Behind red-hot Altuve, Correa racking up RBIs - Astros.com
Fister's 7 scoreless help Astros shut down A's - Astros.com
Astros blast Oakland on final day of road trip - Houston Chronicle
Bregman playing left field in AAA - Houston Chronicle
Gattis suffers minor injury against Oakland - Houston Chronicle
Hinch made lineup work despite missing pieces - Houston Chronicle
Fister Blisters A's In 7-0 Shutout
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