So Taguchi's bases-loaded single off Mike Gallo in the 11th inning gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 victory over the Astros on Wednesday, spoiling Houston's first game since re-signing Roger Clemens.
Here is Italy's roster for the World Baseball Classic.
Down 0-2, the Astros are finding solace in a return home and in knowing they've overcome much worse.
In ESPN The Magazine, Peter Keating writes that some hitters just know how to crush the ball: Ruth. Maris. Bonds. Wily Mo Pena. But who has the most pure power of all? A new metric reveals the answer.
Keith Law unveils his final 2012 MLB mock draft: Mark Appel goes No. 1 to the Astros, but a lot is up in the air the day of the draft.
Keith Law unveils his third mock draft just three days before the draft, and still nothing is settled among the top five picks.
Keith Law unveils his second mock draft less than a week before the draft, and Mark Appel and Byron Buxton are looking more like locks for the top two spots.
With injuries and performance changes around the country, Keith Law provides an updated version of his top 50 MLB draft prospects for 2012.
Page 2 unveils MLB team slogan T-shirts that didn't make the cut.