A balanced offensive attack plus a strong bullpen performance will win a lot of baseball games. The Astros pounded American League All-Star Luis Severino for six earned runs and nine hits in just over five innings, and Chris Devenski and friends shut down the Yankees offense en route to an 8-1 win Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Carlos Correa had four hits and drove in three runs, and Yuli Gurriel pitched in three hits and three runs scored.
After the game, the American League All-Star rosters were announced, featuring five Astros players. Jose Altuve, Correa and George Springer will start for the AL All-Stars, and Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers made the team’s pitching staff, although Keuchel will be unavailable to pitch due to injury. While roster sizes shrank this year, adding constraint to the team selection process, players such as Devenski (2.15 ERA, 1.8 WAR), Marwin Gonzalez (1.9 WAR, .975 OPS) and Josh Reddick (2.3 WAR, .309 average) could make an argument as snubs.
Despite a snafu in the original deal, the Rockets agreed to terms with center Nene Sunday afternoon. In the end, the contract is for three years and worth $11 million.
Late last night, news broke that Carmelo Anthony would consider waiving the no-trade-clause in his contract if a deal to either the Rockets or Cavaliers presented itself. Chris Paul has actively recruited Anthony to the team, and the Rockets are reportedly interested in making a deal work on the condition the Knicks accept forward Ryan Anderson among their arriving assets. Anderson is owed $61.3 million over the next three seasons, which is considered a sticking point in negotiations.
Second half goals from Rachel Daly and Nichelle Prince gave the Dash a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over FC Kansas City Sunday. It helps to have the best player in the world on your team; in her third game back with Houston, Carli Lloyd fed a brilliant through ball with the outside of her foot to spring Daly behind the KC back line for the game’s first goal. Prince scored with a volley off a free kick following a Kansas City red card to seal the victory. Houston has now earned seven points in its last three games, and halfway through the season, finds itself in seventh place in the NWSL standings and in the thick of the playoff hunt.