• US oil and natural gas rig count down 2 to 874

    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 874.

  • Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Khris Davis, left, center fielder Carlos Gomez (27) and left fielder Gerardo Parra celebrate after beating the San Francisco Giants 5-2 in a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Astros, Blue Jays add pieces in trades to make playoff push

    HOUSTON (AP) — With mere hours until the trade deadline, the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays have sent a clear message that they’re going for it — making big moves to try and propel their teams into the playoffs for the first time in a long time.

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  • Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez (27) throws his helmet after an officials' review called him out stealing second during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Monday, July 27, 2015, in San Francisco. The Giants won 4-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Gomez traded to Astros after Mets deal falls through

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Astros have added another bat to their lineup as they make a push for the postseason, acquiring two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez from the Milwaukee Brewers.

  • Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout reacts after landing on his hand as he attempted to catch a fly ball hit by Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

    Trout back for Angels against Astros

    HOUSTON (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout returned to the lineup on Thursday night against the Houston Astros after missing two games because of an injured left wrist.

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards, right, heads back to the mound as third baseman Conor Gillaspie (22) goes back to third after Houston Astros' Jose Altuve hit an RBI-single in the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Astros regain lead in AL West with 6-3 win over Angels

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have certainly missed the big bat of Mike Trout in two straight losses to the Houston Astros.

  • Houston Astros' Lance McCullers delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Astros regain lead in AL-West with 6-3 win over Angels

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros are back in first place in the American League West — the first time they have led their division this late in the season in 12 years.

  • Injured Angels outfielder Trout sidelined against Astros

    HOUSTON (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout was out of the lineup for a second straight game on Wednesday against the Houston Astros with an injured left wrist.