Corpus Christi Hooks

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Houston Astros minor league pitcher Ruben Alaniz has been suspended 50 games without pay for violating baseball's drug program.

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Astros reliever Darin Downs will head to Corpus Christi on Thursday to begin a rehab assignment as recovers from an oblique injury.

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For the most part, the 2014 season has been a forgettable one for Mark Appel, the right-handed pitcher the Astros selected with the No.

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The Corpus Christi Hooks were no hit on Wednesday by the San Antonio Missions, but the bigger story from an Astros' perspective was the success of Mark Appel.

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After his stellar start this past Thursday, 2013 top overall pick Mark Appel has been promoted from Lancaster to the Astros' Double-A affiliate in Corpus Christi.

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