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Scoreboard Roundup - 5/17/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: New York Mets 5 (22-16) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (13-25)

Atlanta Braves 6 (18-19) - Miami Marlins 0 (16-22)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (16-19) - Los Angeles Angels 0 (19-18)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (16-23) - Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (15-21)

Houston Astros 4 (25-13) - Toronto Blue Jays 2 (17-22)

San Francisco Giants 9 (20-18) - Cincinnati Reds 8 (18-20)

Kansas City Royals 6 (24-14) - New York Yankees 0 (22-17)

Tampa Bay Rays 11 (21-18) - Minnesota Twins 3 (21-17)

Houston Astros 4 (25-13) - Toronto Blue Jays 2 (17-22)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (18-20) - Chicago Cubs 0 (21-16)

Texas Rangers 5 (16-22) - Cleveland Indians 1 (14-22)

Seattle Mariners 5 (17-20) - Boston Red Sox 0 (18-20)

Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (24-13) - Colorado Rockies 0 (13-21)

Chicago White Sox 7 (17-17) - Oakland Athletics 3 (13-26)

Washington Nationals 10 (22-17) - San Diego Padres 5 (19-20)

St. Louis Cardinals 2 (25-12) - Detroit Tigers 1 (23-15)

NHL Playoffs: Western Conference Finals: Anaheim Ducks 4 - Chicago Blackhawks (Ducks lead series 1-0)

NBA Playoffs: Western Conference Semifinals: Houston Rockets 113 - Los Angeles Clippers 100

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Astros Promote Top Prospect Carlos Correa to Triple-A Fresno YORK) -- Houston Astros top prospect, shortstop Carlos Correa, was promoted to Triple-A Fresno.

Correa, 20, was the first overall pick of the 2012 amateur draft in 29 games with Double-A Corpus Christi. He hit .385 with seven home runs, 32 RBIs, 15 stolen bases, and a .459 on-base percentage this season.

"I'm going to go to Fresno to play good baseball and try to reach my goals and my dreams," Correa said to the Houston Chronicle. "You work your entire life to get at some point to the big leagues. To get one step closer means a lot."

Before the 2015 season began, ESPN's Keith Law rated Correa as the No. 3 prospect in baseball.

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Keuchel Shines, Astros Win Sixth Straight 

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- Dallas Keuchel pitched eight innings allowing three hits, one run, and no walks while striking out four to lead the Houston Astros to their sixth straight win -- this one over the San Diego Padres 7-2 -- on Wednesday.

The Astros (14-7) now have a major league best 10-2 road record after going 8-1 on this West Coast trip.

"It's time to go home, but what a great trip," Astros skipper A.J. Hinch said. "Good baseball, good adjustments on the fly, a lot of winning baseball, which is all you can ask for. I'm proud of these guys for the way they're playing."

Keuchel (3-0) raised his ERA from .62 to .73 in the win.

Houston's offense was powered by Colby Rasmus and Jose Altuve. Rasmus hit a two-run homer off Padres starter Andrew Cashner in the fourth inning, while Altuve went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, extending his hitting streak to eight games.

The Padres (11-12) have lost three straight and seven of their last 10.

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Top Pick in 2014 Draft Brady Aiken Has Tommy John Surgery

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The first overall pick of the 2014 Draft, pitcher Brady Aiken, had Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow.

The 18-year-old Aiken is attending IMG Academy because he never reached a deal with the Houston Astros after they selected him with the top pick.

The left-hander threw fewer than 15 pitches last Thursday before leaving his start for IMG. It was later found Aiken had torn his ulnar collateral ligament.

"In my first game for IMG Academy last week, I threw a pitch and something felt a little wrong," Aiken wrote on The Player's Tribune website. "When I visited the doctor’s office and got the news I had torn my UCL, I can’t even begin to express how I felt. I was — and still am — overwhelmed with a lot of different feelings, but mostly it’s disappointment."

Despite his disappointment, Aiken is still confident he'll get back into top form.

"Two other pitchers drafted after me in the first round last year were picked by their teams despite just having undergone Tommy John surgery," Aiken wrote. "This is just a temporary setback."

Instead of attending a four-year college, Aiken chose to go to IMG. That decision means that he's still eligible for the 2015 draft.

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Astros Sign RHP Roberto Hernandez to Minor-League Contract

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Astros signed right-handed pitcher Roberto Hernandez to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, the club announced on Thursday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Last season, the 34-year-old Hernandez went 8-11 with a 4.10 ERA in 32 games with the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers.  He struck out 105 batters and walked 73 in 164 2-3 innings of work.

Hernandez originally came up with the Cleveland Indians in 2006, where he was known as Fausto Carmona. In nine big-league seasons, with the Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, Dodgers and Phillies, he's compiled a record of 67-93 with an ERA of 4.60.

Hernandez was named to the American League All-Star team in 2010.

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Astros Sign Colby Rasmus

Major League Baseball(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- The Houston Astros have added outfielder Colby Rasums into the mix to add a bit of power to their lineup.

The Astros signed Rasmus to a one-year, $8 million deal, Tuesday.

Rasmus, 28, is a talented, yet inconsistent batter.  Last season with the Blue Jays, Rasmus batted .225 with 18 home runs in 376 plate appearances. He also missed 58 games due to a hamstring injury.

After the Astros traded Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs on Monday, the Astros needed an outfielder and Rasmus seemed like a natural fit. Right-handed batter Jake Marisnick will likely platoon with Rasmus once the season gets under way.

On January 14, the Astros also acquired catcher/outfield Evan Gattis from the Atlanta Braves.

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Cubs Acquire Outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Astros

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Chicago Cubs continue to load up this offseason as they've acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros.

In exchange for Fowler, the Cubs sent Houston second baseman Luis Valbuena and reliever Dan Straily.

Fowler, who is set to be a free agent following the 2015 season, brings a veteran presence at the top of the Cubs' lineup.

"Our biggest needs were left-handed hitters and guys that get on base. Fowler fits that role for us," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. "He controls the strike zone really well. It gives us much needed depth in center field and in the outfield. We felt we were a little unbalanced in our depth in the outfield as opposed to the infield."

"Hopefully we get a much more grinding offense going forward," he added.

In 116 games for Houston this past season, Fowler hit .276 with eight home runs, 35 RBIs, and 61 runs scored.

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Braves Trade Gattis to Astros

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Atlanta Braves announced Wednesday night that they have traded utility man Evan Gattis and minor league pitcher James Hoyt to the Houston Astros for three minor league prospects: pitchers Mike Foltynewicz and Andrew Thurman, and third baseman Rio Ruiz.

The 28-year-old Gattis can play first base, catcher, and left field. He hit .263 with 22 home runs and 52 RBIs in 108 games last season.

Gattis joins Jason Heyward and Justin Upton as the latest Braves to be traded away this offseason.

Gattis joins an Astros' lineup that includes second baseman Jose Altuve, designated hitter Chris Carter, and youngsters Jon Singleton and George Springer.

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Astros Sign INF Jed Lowrie to 3-Year Contract

Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Astros have agreed to a three-year contract with free agent infielder Jed Lowrie, the team announced on Monday. He will receive a guaranteed $23 million, according to ESPN.

In 136 games with the Oakland Athletics last season, the 30-year-Lowrie batted .249 with six home runs and 50 RBIs. He also scored 59 runs and had an OBP of .321.

Lowrie previously played for Houston in 2012, where he hit .244 with 16 homers and 42 RBIs in 97 games. He was dealt to Oakland on Feb. 4, 2014 along with right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodriguez with Houston receiving first baseman Chris Carter, right-handed pitcher Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi.

Lowrie’s new contract contains a club option for 2018.

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Astros Acquire C Hank Conger from L.A. Angels

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Astros acquired catcher Hank Conger from the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday for catcher Carlos Perez and right-handed pitcher Nick Tropeano.

In 80 games with the Angels last season, the 26-year-old Conger batted .221 with four home runs and 25 RBIs in 231 at-bats. He also scored 24 runs and had an OBP of .293.

“Conger is a solid Major League catcher and gives us added depth at a scarce position,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. “We scouted him extensively this year as a divisional opponent and feel he brings a unique skill set to our organization.”

The 24-year-old Perez spent the 2014 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he batted .259 with six homers and 34 RBIs in 88 games.

The 24-year-old Tropeano made his big league debut this past September. In four starts, he went 1-3 with a 4.57 ERA. He struck out 13 batters in 21 2-3 innings of work.

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