The Houston Astros added a veteran presence to their bullpen, signing Kyle Farnsworth to a one-year deal. Farnsworth was with the New York Mets to start the season, and had a 3.18 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 17 innings before getting his release. The 38-year old was sent straight to the mound after signing before the game, and allowed two hits, two walks, and two runs in 2/3 of an inning of the Astros 6-5 win. Paul Clemens was optioned to Triple-A OKC to make room for Farnsworth. Check out the rest of the links for more in Houston sports.
Small sample size that’s being dealt with, he’s doing remarkably well against righthanded pitchers: a .286 average with a .355 on-base percentage in 31 plate appearances. He has the same number of hits off southpaws, eight, as he does righties.
- Ace Feltman (Climbing Tal’s Hill) takes a look at past Astros trades.
- Howard Chen (CSN Houston) on the Astros adding Kyle Farnsworth to the bullpen.
- Astros vs. LA Angels tickets are available for their upcoming series
- Astros tweet of the weekend…
The Astros have at least nine hits in seven consecutive games. That’s their longest such streak since 2008.
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) May 18, 2014
- Sean Pendergast (Houston Press) says the Rockets have to grow up to be winners.
In the NBA, months of preparation and practice boil down to a few moments. This was one of those moments. “No three-pointers,” head coach Kevin McHale” reinforced, as they broke the huddle. That was the only thing that could end the series, a three-pointer.
- Adam Spolane (CBS Houston) gives us his Rockets wish list.
- Ben Dubose (Clutchfans) on Deron Williams a possibility for the Rockets.
- Rockets tweet of the weekend…
The Rockets’ Jason Biles was named assistant trainer of the year at the NBA combine this week in Chicago. Was a busy man this season.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) May 17, 2014
- Drew Doughtery (Texans.com) on the rookies being pushed mentally at minicamp.
“We test them on many things,” O’Brien said. “We test them obviously on X’s and O’s according to their position and their unit. We test them on their knowledge of their teammates. We test them on knowledge of the organization. We test them all the time.”
- Jerome Solomon (Houston Chronicle) on how Bill O’Brien treats his players.
- Dave Zangaro (CSN Houston) on new Texans K Chris Boswell ready to fight for a spot.
- Texans tweet of the weekend…
Coach O’Brien is a constant motivator. Teaching and talking to players whenever he can. His staff follows his example. #Texans
— PDS (@PatDStat) May 18, 2014