Update: Multiple sources are reporting that a deal sending Houston Astros’ 1B Lance Berkman to the New York Yankees is complete. The deal will not become official until tomorrow because Berkman has 10-and-5 no-trade rights – 10 years of MLB service, 5 years with the same team – which he has reportedly already agreed to waive. There has yet to be word on which players the Yankees will include in the deal, but New York isn’t expected to part with any big-time prospects.
Update: Big pitcher for the Houston Astros, Roy Oswalt left mid-game due to a left ankle contusion. Oswalt was struck in the foot by speedy grounder hit by Pedro Alvarez.
Fantasy Impact: No need to worry folks, Oswalt is likely to start in his next appearance. Keep in mind, that Oswalt is still requesting a trade, but despite that, he still goes out and throws hard everytime.
Update: Helping the Astros get their third sweep of the season, Oswalt threw a one-hitter to record his seventh career shutout and his nineteenth complete game. With the help of Oswalt's spot on pitching the Astros have the chance to have a very promising season.
Fantasy Impact: Though Oswalt has been throwing well, he requested a trade earlier this season. The Astros are unsure whether Oswalt really plans on leaving, and we will just wait and see where this pitcher will end up in the future.
Update: Roy Oswalt snapped the longest losing streak of his career at six today when he threw a complete game one hit shutout out against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lance Berkman hit two solo homeruns for the games only scores to help his veteran teammate to his sixth victory of the year, against ten defeats.
Update: Hunter Pence got the Houston Astros off to a great start with a three run homer in the first inning and by the end of the third inning the Astros owned a 7-0 lead over the San Francisco Giants as they cruised to a 7-5 victory this afternoon. The Astros chased Giants starter Matt Cain after 2 2/3 innings as he allowed all seven runs and took his sixth defeat of the year to go with his six victories.
Update: An unnamed player who is friends with Houston Astros starting pitcher Roy Oswalt has told the New York Post that Oswalt would "definitely" accept a trade to the New York Mets if the two teams could work out a deal. Oswalt reportedly likes the veteran makeup of the Mets. The $30 million dollars that he is owed for the remainder of his contract will be a huge stalling point in any talks between the two clubs.
Update: Derek Jeter hit two homers and Jorge Posada added a grand slam this afternoon to lead the N.Y. Yankees to an easy 9-3 victory over the Houston Astros.Jeter hit a solo shot in the first and a three run shot in the sixth,while Posada cleared the bases with his blast to deep right in the sixth. Javier Vazquez (6-5) went seven innings,allowing six hits,three runs,and striking out six.
Update: Brett Gardner will miss his third straight game for the New York Yankees tonight with a sore thumb.An MRI performed on the thumb has shown no fractures or other ligament damage but it is still hared for the Yankee left-fielder to grip the bat and manager Joe Girardi will sit him as the Yanks open up a weekend series with Houston.
Update:A tight groin will keep Alex Rodriguez out of tonight's game against the Houston Astros. A-Rod left yesterday's game against Baltimore in the second inning after experiencing the same tightness in his groin that he had felt on Sunday.There is no report if Rodriguez will sit out more than tonight's game as of yet.
Update: Houston Astros (1B) Lance Berkman became the first player in the national league to reach 10 RBI's in the month of June. Berkman is hitting .462 over his last six games and has raised his average almost 40 points. Fantasy Impact: This is a good sign for fantasy owners who stuck with Berkman after he had his knee surgery, and you couldn't tell how he was going to respond from it.