2013 - Timeline
from This Date in Astros History

Feb 04 - Houston sends shortstop Jed Lowrie and reliever Fernando Rodriguez to Oakland for slugger Chris Carter, pitcher Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi. Carter bangs 90 homers over three seasons (2013-2015) while driving in 234 but is offset by a .218 batting average and 545 strikeouts.

Mar 28 - Gus Triandos dies of heart failure in San Jose, CA, at age 82. The four-time All-Star catcher batted .181 for Houston in 1965 at the end of a 13-year career.

Mar 31 - In their first official game as an American League franchise, the Astros spank the Rangers, 8-2, at Minute Maid Park. A three-run homer by Rick Ankiel breaks the game open. Erik Bedard backs Bud Norris with 3-1/3rd relief innings. The win is also the managerial debut for Bo Porter.

Jul 12 - Rookie Jarred Cosart blanks the Rays over eight innings for his first big league win, a 2-1 victory. Carlos Corporan drives home a pair in the first against David Price which stands up the rest of the way. Jose Veras loses the shutout in the ninth but notches his 18th save.

Jul 19 - Outfielder Brandon Barnes goes 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle but it is still not enough to upend Seattle in a 10-7 loss. Brad Miller counters with five RBIs for the Mariners. Houston falls to 33-62 on the season.

Nov 05 - Harris County voters reject a bond issue to renovate and repurpose the long-vacant Astrodome by a vote of 53% to 47%.

Dec 18 - A washout with the Mets and Rockies, Houston claims pitcher Collin McHugh on waivers. The righthander becomes a key piece of the Houston rotation during their rebuilding phase and championship run. The Astros also deal infielder Ryan Jackson to San Diego for prospect Jesus Guzman who hit .188 with two homers in 85 games for Houston in 2014.

Dec 22 - Catcher Ed Herrmann passes away from prostate cancer in San Diego, CA at age 67. Herrmann caught the 1976 no-hitter of Larry Dierker while with the Astros. Over 11 seasons, Herrmann batted .240 with 80 home runs.