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Astros beat reporters join national correspondents to take an inside look ahead at the story lines and developing news that impact the team's outlook.

Astros beat reporters join national correspondents to take an inside look ahead at the story lines and developing news that impact the team's outlook.
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Astros beat reporters join national correspondents to take an inside look ahead at the story lines and developing news that impact the team's outlook.




5/26/18 Astros Podcast: Cintron, Mills

Former Astros manager and current bench coach for the Indians, Brad Mills, sits down with Steve Sparks prior to Saturday's game in Cleveland. Mills credits Al Pedrique, former Astros scout/current 1B coach in Oakland, with discovering Jose Altuve. Mills managed the Astros from 2010-2012. But first, former big league short stop and current Astros first-base coach, Alex Cintron, talks to Robert Ford about the work ethic of Altuve and Carlos Correa.


5/25/18 Astros Podcast: Hinch, Davis

Astros skipper AJ Hinch joins Steve Sparks for the Manager's Show prior to Friday's game two of four in Cleveland. Topics include defense, Tony Kemp, Jake Marisnick, J.D. Davis and Dallas Keuchel. Next up, Robert Ford and Davis talk about the struggles and success of playing in the big leagues. Davis has struggled at the plate since being recalled, but ranked second in the Minors in batting and 4th in OBP prior to joining the Astros on May 20.


5/24 ASTROS PODCAST: Hinch, Giles

Manager A.J. Hinch talks to Steve Sparks about playing the Indians in Cleveland. Then, relief pitcher Ken Giles tells Robert Ford how it feels to watch the Astros' starting pitchers from the bullpen.


5/23 Astros Podcast: Davis, Hinch, Powell

Recently recalled J.D. Davis, manager A.J. Hinch and San Francisco Giants hitting coach Alonzo Powell join today's podcast.


5/22 Astros Podcast: Manager Show, Camping

Steve Sparks and Astros Manager A.J. Hinch break down the latest roster moves with Derek Fisher and J.D. Davis. Hinch also previews the Interleague matchup with the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are in Houston for a two-game series Tuesday and Wednesday at Minute Maid Park. Sparks and Robert Ford later talk about roughing it in the wilderness.


5/21/18 Astros Podcast: McCullers, Reddick, Hinch

Timely hits, big pitches and the Houston Astros take the series against the Cleveland Indians. Lance McCullers found his curveball and allowed one hit over seven innings to earn the win at Minute Maid Park. Listen to the radio highlights from Sunday night's victory. Josh Reddick contributed with an insurance run on a big two-base knock in the 8th and spoke to Robert Ford and Steve Sparks after the game. Finally, manager AJ Hinch sums up the series win and talks about McCullers' performance.


5/20 Astros Sunday Radio Roundtable with Mike Elias, Joe Espada

Assistant General Manager, Player Acquisition, Mike Elias, sat down with Astros Radio to discuss the behind the scenes of drafting Major League players. Get a unique glimpse of the Astros science behind drafting big league talent. First, Bench Coach Joe Espada talks about the defensive game of the Houston Astros.


5/19/18 Astros Podcast: Kemp, Alomar Jr.

Tony Kemp spoke with Robert Ford and Steve Sparks from the Astros Dugout following Friday's win over the Indians. Kemp was 2-for-3 and produced the go-ahead RBI in the bottom of the 7th while playing left field. Next, former Major Leaguer and current first-base coach Sandy Alomar, Jr., who previews tonight's starter for the Tribe, Corey Kluber.


5/18/18 Astros Podcast: Hinch, McCann, Chewbacca

Manager A.J. Hinch previews the upcoming four-game series with the Cleveland Indians and Catcher Brian McCann talks about catching the leagues top rotation. Robert Ford and Steve Sparks also discuss their love for Star Wars night.


5/16/18 Astros Podcast: Hinch, Kemp

Manager AJ Hinch talks to Steve Sparks about Josh Reddick, Jose Altuve, Gerrit Cole, Tony Kemp and stealing a win Tuesday night against their division rivals in Anaheim. Hinch has a chance to win the series Wednesday night against the Angels. Next Kemp, fresh up from Triple-A Fresno, sits down with Robert Ford to talk about his latest opportunity with the Astros. Jake Marisnick was optioned to Fresno in order to make room for the outfielder Kemp.


5/15/18 Astros Podcast: Hinch, Gattis

Manager AJ Hinch and Steve Sparks discuss the importance of communication for big league managers. Hinch also gives a scouting report on Tuesday's Angels starting pitcher Jamie Barria. Designated hitter Evan Gattis talks to Robert Ford about his recent success at the plate. Gattis also recalls his fondest memories of the 2017 postseason.


5/14/18 Astros Podcast: Gattis, Hinch, Keuchel

Evan Gattis spoke to Robert Ford and Steve Sparks from the Astros dugout following Sunday's win over the Rangers at Minute Maid Park. Manager AJ Hinch and Dallas Keuchel later joined Astros Radio prior to Monday's series opener in Anaheim.


5/13 Sunday Radio Roundtable with Jeff Luhnow, Charlie Morton, Colin McHugh

Saturday's starting pitcher Charlie Morton dominated the Rangers striking out 14 while earning the win. Listen to the radio highlights from each strikeout before we hear from relief pitcher Colin McHugh from the Astros dugout. Finally, General Manager Jeff Luhnow stops by for his weekly rountable discussion with Robert Ford and Steve Sparks.


5/12 ASTROS PODCAST: Hudgens, Kaplan

The Astros have struggled to put runs on the board and their 10-10 record at Minute Maid Park is a reflection of their offensive woes. Hitting Coach, Dave Hudgens, sat down with Robert Ford to discuss the ups-and-downs of hitting throughout a Major League season. Next, Jake Kaplan talks to Steve Sparks about his perspective of the Stros. Kaplan is the lead writer for The Athletic. The Athletic is an in-depth sports site dedicated to covering pro and college sports.


5/11/18 Astros Podcast: HInch, Marisnick

Manager A.J. Hinch and outfielder Jake Marisnick spoke to Astros Radio prior to Friday's matchup against the Texas Rangers.


5/9/18 Astros Podcast: A.J. Hinch, Gerrit Cole

Manager A.J. Hinch spoke to Steve Sparks prior to Wednesday's game in Oakland. Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole later discusses his complete -game 16 strikeout performance last week against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cole starts Wednesday's game against the A's.


5/8/18 Astros Podcast: Highlights, Hinch, Reddick

Listen to each of George Springer's at bats from Monday's game against the Oakland Athletics. Springer went 6x6 setting a franchise record for hits in a 9.0 inning game. Manager A.J. Hinch talks to Steve Sparks prior to Tuesday's contest in Oakland. Topics include breaking out the bats on Monday, Marwin Gonzalez and Springer. Outfielder Josh Reddick later discusses his struggles at the plate with Robert Ford and talking to Hinch about moving down in the lineup.


5/7 Astros Podcast: Hinch, Lowrie

Astros manager A.J. Hinch and Steve Sparks talk about the Oakland A's and playing to the advantages and disadvantages in the Coliseum. Hinch also talks about "game awareness meetings" with his players as he prepares for each game and for the series. Next, former Astro and current A's infielder Jed Lowrie spoke with Robert Ford prior to game 1 of 3 vs, the A's. Lowrie talks about his team and his current health.


5/6/18 Sunday Radio Roundtable with Jeff Luhnow, Strom, Ahmed

Robert Ford and Steve Sparks speak to general manager Jeff Luhnow about Gerrit Cole's historic performance, catcher Max Stassi, the New York Yankees, the state of the Astros bullpen as well as news and notes from the minor leagues. Houston's pitching coach Brent Strom also shares his thoughts on Cole's shutout performance and on working with Justin Verlander. Finally, D-backs shortstop Nick Ahmed discusses his playing days with former teammate George Springer and what it's like playing for...


5/5/18 Astros Podcast: Game Highlights, Hinch on Morton

Gerrit Cole dominated the Arizona Diamondbacks, striking out 16 in a one-hit shutout victory. Listen as we relaunch a few game highlights from Friday night in the desert. Then, back in December of 2016, Manager A.J. Hinch sat down with Steve Sparks during the offseason to talk about the newly acquired starting pitcher Charlie Morton. Hinch explains the reasoning behind the then-roster move along with visions of using Morton in the rotation.


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