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Jeff Luhnow’s first player move as General Manager is to select reliever Rhiner Cruz from the Mets to open the Rule V draft

2011 – Jeff Luhnow’s first player move as General Manager is to select reliever Rhiner Cruz from the Mets to open the Rule V draft. But his best move comes later that day when he drafts pitcher Marco Duarte from the Rockies organization and then swaps him to Boston for infielder Marwin Gonzalez. The switch-hitting utility player becomes a key member of the 2017 World Championship squad. 

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2011 – Bud Norris takes a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Cardinals when ex-Astro Lance Berkman spoils the bid with a homer in the 4-1 victory. Norris allows just that one hit over eight frames. Off the field, the Astros conclude their summer draft by taking relief pitcher Buddy Lamothe of San Jacinto Junior College. Lamothe had been paralyzed in a rafting accident the month before and the selection is seen as a goodwill gesture. 

2011 – Bud Norris takes a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Cardinals when ex-Astro Lance Berkman spoils the bid with a homer in the 4-1 victory. Norris allows just that one hit over eight frames. Off the field, the Astros conclude their summer draft by taking relief pitcher Buddy Lamothe of San Jacinto Junior College. Lamothe had been paralyzed in a rafting accident the month before and the selection is seen as a goodwill gesture. 

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2011 – Jordan Lyles, the 20-year-old top prospect, makes his big league debut an impressive one. He blanks the Cubs for seven innings but his own throwing error puts him behind, 3-1, after eight. The Astros respond with six runs in the top of the ninth for a 7-3 stunner. Brett Wallace and Hunter Pence have three hits each, including a homer. Fernando Rodriguez gets his first big league win, not Lyles. 

2011 – Jordan Lyles, the 20-year-old top prospect, makes his big league debut an impressive one. He blanks the Cubs for seven innings but his own throwing error puts him behind, 3-1, after eight. The Astros respond with six runs in the top of the ninth for a 7-3 stunner. Brett Wallace and Hunter Pence have three hits each, including a homer. Fernando Rodriguez gets his first big league win, not Lyles. 

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2011 – The Astros formally announce the sale of the ballclub to a group of investors led by Houston shipping magnate Jim Crane. The reported cost is $680 million dollars, the second highest amount to date for a Major League franchise. The sale awaits the approval of the other owners before becoming official. Elsewhere, the Astros drop a 3-2 decision to the Braves to sport a 15-26 record – worst in the National League. 

2011 – The Astros formally announce the sale of the ballclub to a group of investors led by Houston shipping magnate Jim Crane. The reported cost is $680 million dollars, the second highest amount to date for a Major League franchise. The sale awaits the approval of the other owners before becoming official. Elsewhere, the Astros drop a 3-2 decision to the Braves to sport a 15-26 record – worst in the National League. 

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2011 – After 11 seasons as one of the top Astro hitters in history, Lance Berkman returns for the first time as a St. Louis Cardinal. Welcomed with mostly applause, Berkman rips a go-ahead double in the ninth only to see Houston bounce back for a 6-5 triumph. Bill Hall singles through the drawn-in infield for the game-winner. Brett Wallace, Berkman’s heir at first base, has three hits. Despite being last in the NL Central, the 9-14 Astros are just three games out of first. 

2011 – After 11 seasons as one of the top Astro hitters in history, Lance Berkman returns for the first time as a St. Louis Cardinal. Welcomed with mostly applause, Berkman rips a go-ahead double in the ninth only to see Houston bounce back for a 6-5 triumph. Bill Hall singles through the drawn-in infield for the game-winner. Brett Wallace, Berkman’s heir at first base, has three hits. Despite being last in the NL Central, the 9-14 Astros are just three games out of first. 

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2011 – X-rays reveal that shortstop Clint Barmes has a broken left hand after it was hit the night before in an exhibition game against the Yankees. The initial diagnosis is 4-to-6 weeks of healing needed, which will cause him to miss the first month of the season. 

2011 – X-rays reveal that shortstop Clint Barmes has a broken left hand after it was hit the night before in an exhibition game against the Yankees. The initial diagnosis is 4-to-6 weeks of healing needed, which will cause him to miss the first month of the season. 

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2011 – Brett Wallace drives in seven during a 14-8 donnybrook against the Orioles in Sarasota. Wallace has four hits, including a grand slam homer and a pair of doubles. Had he been allowed to bat in the ninth inning, there were two more runners aboard for the first baseman to drive home. 

2011 – Brett Wallace drives in seven during a 14-8 donnybrook against the Orioles in Sarasota. Wallace has four hits, including a grand slam homer and a pair of doubles. Had he been allowed to bat in the ninth inning, there were two more runners aboard for the first baseman to drive home. 

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2011 – Jason Castro tears up his knee trying to avoid a tag while running to first base. Expected to be the starting catcher, the former first-rounder later has foot surgery after rehabbing late in the year. 

2011 – Jason Castro tears up his knee trying to avoid a tag while running to first base. Expected to be the starting catcher, the former first-rounder later has foot surgery after rehabbing late in the year. 

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Derek Holland of the Texas Rangers tosses a five-hitter for the second shutout of his career in beating Cleveland, 4 – 0. Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz both hit two-run homers for the winners, who are 15-8 since May 10th.

Derek Holland of the Texas Rangers tosses a five-hitter for the second shutout of his career in beating Cleveland, 4 – 0. Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz both hit two-run homers for the winners, who are 15-8 since May 10th.

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2011 – Jeff Luhnow is named the General Manager, replacing interim GM Dave Gottfried. Luhnow, signed away from the St.Louis Cardinals, fills the front office with sabermetric types and decides to tear the organization down to the bare bones before rebuilding it into the group that won the Worlds Championship in 2017. 

2011 – Jeff Luhnow is named the General Manager, replacing interim GM Dave Gottfried. Luhnow, signed away from the St.Louis Cardinals, fills the front office with sabermetric types and decides to tear the organization down to the bare bones before rebuilding it into the group that won the Worlds Championship in 2017. 

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2011 – MLB awards the Astros franchise to a group led by businessman Jim Crane for $610 million and his agreement that the club would be reassigned to the American League West for play when the new MLBPA collective bargaining agreement begins in 2013. 

2011 – MLB awards the Astros franchise to a group led by businessman Jim Crane for $610 million and his agreement that the club would be reassigned to the American League West for play when the new MLBPA collective bargaining agreement begins in 2013. 

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2011 – With a 2-1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Astros suffer the first 100-loss season in their 50-year history. For trivia buffs, the decisive run came in the fourth when rookie Bryan LaHair homered off rookie Henry Sosa. Houston would finish the season with the worst record in the majors at 56-106. 

2011 – With a 2-1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Astros suffer the first 100-loss season in their 50-year history. For trivia buffs, the decisive run came in the fourth when rookie Bryan LaHair homered off rookie Henry Sosa. Houston would finish the season with the worst record in the majors at 56-106. 

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2011 – Brian Bogusevic belts a walk-off grand slam that stuns Chicago, 6-5, to snap a seven-game losing skid. Carlos Marmol is the victim. It’s just the second big league homer for Bogusevic, making Aneury Rodriguez a winning pitcher for the first time in his major league career. 

2011 – Brian Bogusevic belts a walk-off grand slam that stuns Chicago, 6-5, to snap a seven-game losing skid. Carlos Marmol is the victim. It’s just the second big league homer for Bogusevic, making Aneury Rodriguez a winning pitcher for the first time in his major league career. 

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2011 – After deadline trades send Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn away for prospects, the rebuilding Astros take 2-of-3 from Cincinnati, including a 5-4 victory that is the first major league win for 20-year-old Jordan Lyles. Outfielder J.D. Martinez, called up from AA less than a week before, smashes a homer and double to drive in four. 21-year-old Jose Altuve and 22-year-old Jimmy Paredes add two hits apiece. 

2011 – After deadline trades send Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn away for prospects, the rebuilding Astros take 2-of-3 from Cincinnati, including a 5-4 victory that is the first major league win for 20-year-old Jordan Lyles. Outfielder J.D. Martinez, called up from AA less than a week before, smashes a homer and double to drive in four. 21-year-old Jose Altuve and 22-year-old Jimmy Paredes add two hits apiece. 

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Although the Blue Jays already display his uniform digits on the Level of Excellence, the team officially retires Roberto Alomar’s No. 12 jersey, making the infielder the first player so honored in this manner in the 35-year history of the franchise. The newly inducted member of the Hall of Fame played five seasons with Toronto, including the back-to-back 1992-93 World Series championship teams.

Although the Blue Jays already display his uniform digits on the Level of Excellence, the team officially retires Roberto Alomar’s No. 12 jersey, making the infielder the first player so honored in this manner in the 35-year history of the franchise. The newly inducted member of the Hall of Fame played five seasons with Toronto, including the back-to-back 1992-93 World Series championship teams.

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2011 – The Padres acquire OF Carlos Quentin from the White Sox, in return for two minor leaguers, Ps Simon Castro and Pedro Hernandez. Quentin returns home to the city where he was a star athlete in high school a decade earlier.

2011 – The Padres acquire OF Carlos Quentin from the White Sox, in return for two minor leaguers, Ps Simon Castro and Pedro Hernandez. Quentin returns home to the city where he was a star athlete in high school a decade earlier.

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2011 – The Blue Jays sign lefty reliever Darren Oliver to a one-year contract. Oliver had a chance to clinch the 2011 World Series for the Texas Rangers, but blew a two-run lead in the 10th inning of Game 6, allowing the Cardinals to make their second thrilling comeback of the game.

2011 – The Blue Jays sign lefty reliever Darren Oliver to a one-year contract. Oliver had a chance to clinch the 2011 World Series for the Texas Rangers, but blew a two-run lead in the 10th inning of Game 6, allowing the Cardinals to make their second thrilling comeback of the game.

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2011 – Former major league pitcher Rosman Garcia is killed when his car skids off the road and hits a tree outside of Caracas, Venezuela. He was playing for the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan League at the time.

2011 – Former major league pitcher Rosman Garcia is killed when his car skids off the road and hits a tree outside of Caracas, Venezuela. He was playing for the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan League at the time.

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The Athletics swing another major trade, this time sending 2009 American League Rookie of the Year Award winner Andrew Bailey and OF Ryan Sweeney to the Red Sox in return for OF Josh Reddick, IF Miles Head and P Raul Alcantara. Bailey is expected to take over as Boston’s closer for Jonathan Papelbon, who left via free agency earlier this off-season.

The Athletics swing another major trade, this time sending 2009 American League Rookie of the Year Award winner Andrew Bailey and OF Ryan Sweeney to the Red Sox in return for OF Josh Reddick, IF Miles Head and P Raul Alcantara. Bailey is expected to take over as Boston’s closer for Jonathan Papelbon, who left via free agency earlier this off-season.

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The Cubs trade lefty reliever Sean Marshall to the Reds for southpaw starter Travis Wood, outfielder Dave Sappelt and minor league infielder Ronald Torreyes. In February, Chicago’s former set-up man will sign a three-year, $18 million extension with his new team that runs through 2015.

The Cubs trade lefty reliever Sean Marshall to the Reds for southpaw starter Travis Wood, outfielder Dave Sappelt and minor league infielder Ronald Torreyes. In February, Chicago’s former set-up man will sign a three-year, $18 million extension with his new team that runs through 2015.

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Playing for the Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan League, C Yorvit Torrealba strikes umpire Dario Rivero Jr. on the mask after striking out in a game. He will receive a hefty 66-game suspension for his actions.

Playing for the Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan League, C Yorvit Torrealba strikes umpire Dario Rivero Jr. on the mask after striking out in a game. He will receive a hefty 66-game suspension for his actions.

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A U.S. District Court judge in Delaware deals a blow to Fox Sports in its quest to maintain an exclusive hold on broadcast rights for the Los Angeles Dodgers for another year. Judge Leonard Stark states that he will likely overturn a lower court ruling that authorized this provision, because the team’s bankrupt status does not allow it to conclude deals that affect the long term, since the team is to be sold by April 30, 2012. The deal would have prevented the new Dodgers’ owners from approaching competitors to bid for the broadcast rights before November 30th and would have given Fox the right of first refusal on any deal.

A U.S. District Court judge in Delaware deals a blow to Fox Sports in its quest to maintain an exclusive hold on broadcast rights for the Los Angeles Dodgers for another year. Judge Leonard Stark states that he will likely overturn a lower court ruling that authorized this provision, because the team’s bankrupt status does not allow it to conclude deals that affect the long term, since the team is to be sold by April 30, 2012. The deal would have prevented the new Dodgers’ owners from approaching competitors to bid for the broadcast rights before November 30th and would have given Fox the right of first refusal on any deal.

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The Cardinals sign free agent OF Carlos Beltran to a two-year deal for $26 million. He will play right field, while last season’s starter there, Lance Berkman, will slide over to 1B to try to replace Albert Pujols.

The Cardinals sign free agent OF Carlos Beltran to a two-year deal for $26 million. He will play right field, while last season’s starter there, Lance Berkman, will slide over to 1B to try to replace Albert Pujols.

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The White Sox sign starter John Danks to a 5-year contract extension for $65 million, while in other signings, P Jason Marquis goes to Minnesota, utility player Mark DeRosa heads to Washington, P Manuel Corpas goes to the Cubs and C Rob Johnson to the Mets.

The White Sox sign starter John Danks to a 5-year contract extension for $65 million, while in other signings, P Jason Marquis goes to Minnesota, utility player Mark DeRosa heads to Washington, P Manuel Corpas goes to the Cubs and C Rob Johnson to the Mets.

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The Nationals pry young All-Star starting pitcher ­Gio Gonzalez from the Athletics, giving up four prospects in return: Ps Brad Peacock, Tom Milone and A.J. Cole and C Derek Norris. Gonzalez’s trade follows that of fellow young starter Trevor Cahill by a few weeks and indicates that the A’s are not looking to be competitive for the next couple of seasons, yet they will surprise everyone by winning the AL West title in 2012.

The Nationals pry young All-Star starting pitcher ­Gio Gonzalez from the Athletics, giving up four prospects in return: Ps Brad Peacock, Tom Milone and A.J. Cole and C Derek Norris. Gonzalez’s trade follows that of fellow young starter Trevor Cahill by a few weeks and indicates that the A’s are not looking to be competitive for the next couple of seasons, yet they will surprise everyone by winning the AL West title in 2012.

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Four persons come out to accuse long-time Philadelphia, PA columnist and Spink Award winner Bill Conlin of having molested them when they were children. Conlin abruptly retires from the Philadelphia Daily News, while the BBWAA is criticized for issuing an initial statement that defends its long-time member without expressing any sympathy for the alleged victims.

Four persons come out to accuse long-time Philadelphia, PA columnist and Spink Award winner Bill Conlin of having molested them when they were children. Conlin abruptly retires from the Philadelphia Daily News, while the BBWAA is criticized for issuing an initial statement that defends its long-time member without expressing any sympathy for the alleged victims.

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The Royals sign lefty reliever Jose Mijares to a one-year deal, the Phillies add IF Hector Luna and OF Luis Montanez, but lose IF Carlos Rivero, claimed off waivers by the Nationals, while the Indians sign 3B Andy LaRoche.

The Royals sign lefty reliever Jose Mijares to a one-year deal, the Phillies add IF Hector Luna and OF Luis Montanez, but lose IF Carlos Rivero, claimed off waivers by the Nationals, while the Indians sign 3B Andy LaRoche.

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The Reds continue to acquire players in preparation for a run at what appears to be a wide-open NL Central division in 2012. Today, they get lefty reliever Sean Marshall from the Cubs in return for P Travis Wood and two players to be named, who turn out to be OF Dave Sappelt and IF Ronald Torreyes.

The Reds continue to acquire players in preparation for a run at what appears to be a wide-open NL Central division in 2012. Today, they get lefty reliever Sean Marshall from the Cubs in return for P Travis Wood and two players to be named, who turn out to be OF Dave Sappelt and IF Ronald Torreyes.

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2011 – Among free agents signing today are 3B Casey Blake, who goes to Colorado; SS Yuniesky Betancourt, who heads back to Kansas City one year after being dealt; and P Ryota Igarashi and 1B Jeff Clement who both ink deals with Pittsburgh.

2011 – Among free agents signing today are 3B Casey Blake, who goes to Colorado; SS Yuniesky Betancourt, who heads back to Kansas City one year after being dealt; and P Ryota Igarashi and 1B Jeff Clement who both ink deals with Pittsburgh.

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The Phillies finalize a $33 million, three-year deal with Jimmy Rollins (.268, 16, 63), which includes a vesting option for 2015 at $11 million. The 33 year-old shortstop has been an integral part of Philadelphia’s recent success of winning five consecutive NL East titles and the 2008 world championship.

The Phillies finalize a $33 million, three-year deal with Jimmy Rollins (.268, 16, 63), which includes a vesting option for 2015 at $11 million. The 33 year-old shortstop has been an integral part of Philadelphia’s recent success of winning five consecutive NL East titles and the 2008 world championship.

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The Padres send P Mat Latos to Cincinnati in return for Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal, Edinson Volquez and Brad Boxberger. Latos is considered one of the most talented young pitchers in the majors in spite of a mediocre 9-14 record last year.

The Padres send P Mat Latos to Cincinnati in return for Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal, Edinson Volquez and Brad Boxberger. Latos is considered one of the most talented young pitchers in the majors in spite of a mediocre 9-14 record last year.

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The Reds obtain right-hander Mat Latos from the Padres for four players that include two former first-round picks, infielder Yonder Alonso and catcher Yasmani Grandal, along with starting pitcher Edinson Volquez and minor leaguer Brad Boxberger. The deal fills a crucial need by bolstering Cincinnati’s rotation, but many observers believe the team gave up too much to acquire the quality starter.

The Reds obtain right-hander Mat Latos from the Padres for four players that include two former first-round picks, infielder Yonder Alonso and catcher Yasmani Grandal, along with starting pitcher Edinson Volquez and minor leaguer Brad Boxberger. The deal fills a crucial need by bolstering Cincinnati’s rotation, but many observers believe the team gave up too much to acquire the quality starter.

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Sentencing is announced in the trial of Barry Bonds

Sentencing is announced in the trial of Barry Bonds. The major leagues’ all-time leading home run hitter is handed a two-year probation with a term of house arrest after being found guilty of obstruction of justice on April 13th. He is also fined $4000 and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service.

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The Orioles announce the signing of Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada to a two-year, $8.15 million deal that includes a $5 million option for 2014. Baltimore hasn’t determined the role the 30 year-old Japanese hurler will play on the team but is counting on the hard-throwing southpaw to be a major upgrade to the O’s woeful pitching staff.

The Orioles announce the signing of Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada to a two-year, $8.15 million deal that includes a $5 million option for 2014. Baltimore hasn’t determined the role the 30 year-old Japanese hurler will play on the team but is counting on the hard-throwing southpaw to be a major upgrade to the O’s woeful pitching staff.

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