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ROSSBURG, OH - JUNE 08:  Cruz Pedregon prepares to drive during practice before the running of Prelude To The Dream at Eldora Speedway on June 8, 2011 in Rossburg, Ohio.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images For True Speed Communications)
ROSSBURG, OH - JUNE 08: Cruz Pedregon prepares to drive during practice before the running of Prelude To The Dream at Eldora Speedway on June 8, 2011 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images For True Speed Communications)
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George Springer and UConn will be taking on my Carolina Gamecocks, with a trip to the College World Series on the line. They'll be playing Saturday at 6PM EST on ESPN2, Sunday at 7PM EST on ESPNU and ESPN2 Monday if necessary.


Behind The Scenes

Whirlwind week for Lyles family | SCNOW
Family enjoys trip to Chicago to see son Jordan make major league debut. I don't know why but I always like these behind the scenes types of stories. As much as we were excited about Jordan Lyles making his debut, I can imagine how much his family was.

Richard Oliver: Astros’ fun summer of ’66 relived on Twitter - San Antonio Express-News
This is a very cool idea, using twitter to tweet from the Astros perspective in 1966.

BOB:  A look at the more leveraged teams
It's been a while since we've linked stuff on the business side of baseball. This is a round-up on some of the debt floating around Major League Baseball, as well as the tedious attendance issue.

Matt Duffy took time from baseball for sister’s sake " GoVolsXtra
Sometimes life takes a back seat to baseball. This is a story about Matt Duffy, the Astros 20th round selection, and his older sister.

 

 

Power Rankings

Beyond the Box Score Power Rankings: Week 10 - Beyond the Box Score
Not at the bottom but not far from it either. A nugget about the Astros closing situation accompanies the ranking.

FanGraphs Power Rankings – 6/6/11 | FanGraphs Baseball
Ah FanGraphs doesn't hesitate to put any optimistic Astro fans in their place. The romp in the basement continues with a comment about Clint Barmes and his on base percentage.

 

 

The Astros

Solomon: Astros draft pick Springer could be fan favorite | Jerome Solomon on Sports | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
Jerome Solomon dives a little deeper into George Springer's background.

Scouting The Trade Market: Brett Myers | River Avenue Blues
A look at Myers trade value.