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HOUSTON -- Right-hander Charlie Morton agreed to a contract with Houston on Wednesday, giving the Astros two of the best groundball pitchers in the majors. Kony Ealy Jersey .Morton accepted a $14 million, two-year deal that includes annual salaries of $7 million and performance bonuses of $625,000 apiece for 12, 20, 25 and 30 starts each season.Morton, who ranks second in the majors among active pitchers in career groundball to fly ball ratio (2.48), joins a staff that features last years American League Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel, a lefty who leads the league in that category (2.84).I think thats where the match comes, his ability to get the ball on the ground and our ability to position our fielders and get the outs on the ground, manager A.J. Hinch said. Were getting pretty good at that. So it seems like a perfect fit for us.Morton made just four starts last season for the Phillies before a torn left hamstring which required surgery ended his year. It was the fourth surgery Morton has had in recent years including Tommy John surgery in 2012. But he said Wednesday that hes healthy now and has thrown six bullpen sessions since recovering from his hamstring injury, including three where he threw more than 50 pitches.The 33-year-old Morton has spent his entire nine-year career in the National League where he played for the Braves, Pirates and Phillies.He doesnt think the transition to the AL will be that difficult.It doesnt really matter who youre facing, it doesnt really matter how lineups are structured, Morton said. If you make quality pitches and take care of ... one hitter at a time, at the end of the day youll look back and have done it right.Morton is 46-71 with a 4.54 ERA in his career. His best season came in 2011 when he pitched a career-high 171.2 innings in 29 starts and won a career-best 10 games.The Astros are trying to add depth to a rotation that was hit hard by injuries late last season, hurting its chase for a wild-card playoff spot.We saw last season with our rotation that depth matters and we had six starters for the whole year until we passed the trade deadline and then all of the sudden two of our starters go on the shelf and we were a little short-handed, general manager Jeff Luhnow said. We know it takes eight or nine starters to get through the year. We really love the quality of what Charlie brings in terms of his pitches and the effectiveness of that pitches and what hes been able to do.---AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report. Josh Norman Jersey . Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. side, put it all into perspective. "We know whos in charge," he said. Custom Carolina Panthers Jerseys . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. http://www.shoppanthersonline.us/panthers-charles-tillman-blue-jersey/ . The visitors took a deserved lead in the 16th minute with midfielder Yohan Cabaye curling the ball beyond Adrian from inside the penalty area. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana Hoosiers spent the first eight games taking expert care of the football.Now, suddenly, they cant seem to get a grip on it.Over the past two weeks, the Hosiers have fumbled nine times, losing all five Saturday to fuel Penn States rally from a 10-point, third-quarter deficit for a 45-31 victory. The slide from being one of the nations best in turnover margin to second-worst in the Big Ten (minus-6) has befuddled Hoosiers players, coaches and fans alike.We went from third in the nation in fewest fumbles after Week 8 and at Week 10 I think were at 101. So weve dropped I think 98 spots in two weeks, coach Kevin Wilson said Monday. To me, its coaching and thats culture. And weve kind of addressed that again.The Hoosiers have seen steady slippage on the turnover front all season.Quarterback Richard Lagow didnt throw an interception till Week 3. Today, his 13 picks are second most in the conference.Its been a similar story with fumbles. After the Hoosiers (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) lost only two of six fumbles through the first eight weeks (0.75 per game), they are now averaging 1.13 per quarter over the past two weeks .Perhaps its just a case of bad luck.But Wilson cant rely on happenstance to fix this problem.Normally, Wilson instructs players who have footballs during stretching to properly tuck it away. Those who dont wind up losing playing time.I think I was ridiculed years ago when Tevin Coleman went to Ann Arbor (Michigan) and fumbled and came out, Wilson said. But our deal is if you fumble you dont play. I dont know whats up with that but thats how we play here. Thats our culture, and I take responsibility for those fumbles because I think weve gotten lax with that. Vernon Butler Jersey. .Wilson didnt say if he would do anything different this week.Finding a solution, though, could prove challenging because there doesnt appear to a common thread.Usually sure-handed receiver Mitchell Paige blamed himself for the Penn State loss after losing the ball twice in traffic Saturday. Running back Devonte Williams dropped the ball after Lagow appeared to make a safe handoff on time. Isaac James gave the ball back to the Nittany Lions at his own 6-yard line after a punt bounced into his leg. And the Nittany Lions turned a strip-sack of Lagow in the games waning seconds into their sealing score.If we eliminate the turnovers it could be a different game, Lagow said afterward.They learned that lesson the hard way Saturday and realize they get it fixed in these final two games.First, Indiana visits No. 4 Michigan (9-1, 6-1), where it last won in 1967. Thats followed by the annual Thanksgiving weekend game against rival Purdue (3-7, 1-6) for the Old Oaken Bucket. Indiana has won the last three over the Boilermakers and now has a chance to tie the school record for most consecutive victories in the series.Win either one and the Hoosiers will become bowl-eligible for the second straight season -- a feat they havent achieved since 1990 and 1991.Turn it over like they have been, and the Hoosiers once promising season slip away, too.We address it every day, running back Devine Redding said. We harp on ball security because without the ball, you cant do anything. 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