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Astros unveil new look for 1st season in AL

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Astros unveil new look for 1st season in AL

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros are leaving their old look behind as they prepare for their move to the American League in 2013.

But the new uniform design, unveiled on Friday night, ties in some of the history of the franchise founded in 1962.

The new look coincides with Houston's move from the National League Central to the American League West for next season.

``I think it's clean and tight,'' team owner Jim Crane said. ``It's got a little history in it and it's got some of the flashback stuff. I think it really looks good. I like the colors and we're excited about it.''

Portions of the new design were leaked several different times in the past week, but Crane wasn't too upset about that on Friday.

``It was a little frustrating, but it might have helped, who knows,'' he said. ``It got a little data out there in front and got a little excitement going. All publicity is good publicity, I guess.''

The new duds were introduced at a fashion show at Minute Maid Park where several Astros players and prospects in Houston's minor league system modeled them.

``The colors are a lot of fun,'' Houston outfielder Justin Maxwell said. ``I think the fans will definitely like the new energy that the new uniforms and new league will bring this year.''

The color scheme is the same used from 1962-93. They're also using the logo from that era - an orange star with a white `H' in front of it. That logo in various color combinations will be on the hats.

All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve beamed as he showed off his new uniform.

``It's kind of old with kind of new,'' he said. ``It's a good combination and I really like it.''

There are four uniforms and three hats. Houston will wear white uniforms with orange piping at home, and gray ones with blue piping on the road. There's an orange alternate jersey with blue piping that can be worn at home or on the road.

They also incorporated popular rainbow print, which was worn in variations from 1975-1993 in the new design. The Astros have a blue batting practice jersey with rainbow print down the side that will also be worn for Sunday games.

``There's a good variety,'' general manager Jeff Luhnow said. ``The colors harken back to what we're all about, the star and the H. It's a great time to be unveiling a terrific concept.''

Players and fans seemed to like the rainbow design best.

``A lot of our fans appreciate that,'' Maxwell said. ``You always see a lot of fans breaking those old rainbow colors out.''

Carlos Correa, a shortstop who was taken with the first overall pick in this year's draft, was among the minor leaguers modeling the uniforms.

``I'm really excited about being in this new uniform, and I hope to be playing in the big leagues soon,'' he said.

Houston also shed its Junction Jack rabbit mascot and returned to a redesigned green space creature called Orbit. He was Houston's mascot from 1990-99.

About 5,000 fans attended the event, which ended with a funny skit of Orbit crash landing and NASA people bringing him into the ballpark in an SUV with dark tinted windows.

The loudest applause of the night came when he ran through the crowd high-fiving fans.

Luhnow enjoyed the event, but was already looking ahead at ways to improve this team, which is coming off its second straight 100-loss season.

``This is a great milestone for us, but we've got a lot of work to do,'' he said.

Starting pitcher Lucas Harrell thinks the uniforms could be a good way to help the team move forward and put the last two tough seasons behind it.

``It's a fresh start,'' he said. ``The slate's clean for everybody.''

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.

REDSKINS vs. JETS, PRESEASON WEEK 2

Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy

REDSKINS vs. PATRIOTS TV SCHEDULE:

5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live

REDSKINS 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 

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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

Marcell Ozuna homered and Austin Gomber tossed six shutout innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

St. Louis has won a season-high eight straight. The Cardinals, who are 18-9 since the All-Star break, captured their sixth successive series after taking the first three of the four-game set.

Daniel Murphy homered in the ninth for Washington, which has lost four in a row and seven of nine to fall below .500 and nine games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The current skid began with a loss to the Cubs on a two-out, walk-off grand slam.

Ozuna homered in the second inning, his 14th of the season and his first since July 30.

Gomber (3-0), in his fourth start of the year, gave up three hits, struck out six and walked four.

Bud Norris pitched the ninth to pick up his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.

Harrison Bader and Yadier Molina added run-scoring hits for St. Louis, which improved to 19-9 since Mike Matheny was fired and replaced by interim manager Mike Shildt.

St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter extended his on-base streak to 33 games with a walk in the fifth. It's the longest current streak in the majors. Carpenter left the game in the seventh after he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Matt Grace, but X-rays were negative.

Jeremy Hellickson (5-3) left in the fifth inning after colliding with Bader on a play at the plate following a wild pitch. Hellickson gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Bader, who had three hits, also made a diving catch of a liner off the bat of Bryce Harper in the fourth.

The Cardinals, who have an NL-best 12-2 mark in August, remain one game behind Philadelphia for the second wild card spot. They are four games behind Chicago in the NL Central.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg threw a simulated game on Wednesday. He threw around 70 pitches and could be ready to return early next week, manager Dave Martinez said.

Cardinals: LHP Brett Cecil was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. Cecil, who had been sidelined with inflammation in his right foot, pitched four scoreless innings in four appearances with Triple-A Memphis. LHP Tyler Webb was optioned to Memphis.

UP NEXT

RHP Tanner Roark (7-12, 4.12) will face RHP Luke Weaver (6-10, 4.66) in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday. Roark has won his last four decision, Weaver is 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA in nine career games against NL East foes.