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Friday Liftoff Links

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While the Astros were taking on the Giants in the late late game I was putting together these links that will help you stay awake.



For the Better

Farmstros: Homers for Houston
A good cause I thought you all would want to be aware of.

Daryl Morey is Right. Daryl Morey is also Wrong. - Beyond the Box Score
Bill Petti | What's more important to business and sports teams? Better analysts or better data? A response to Rockets GM Daryl Morey.



The Unusual

Jered Weaver bucks Scott Boras advice with new Los Angeles Angels deal - ESPN Los Angeles
This is a good example of why I didn't buy into the argument that Michael Bourn's days in Houston were numbered when he picked up Scott Boras. The players are the ultimate determining factor in what Boras does.

Brad Mills Pulls 'Waxahachie Swap' Tuesday Night - Baseball Nation
Tuesday night, Astros manager Brad Mills made a highly unusual move, sending relief pitcher Wesley Wright to the outfield for one hitter, then bringing Wright back in to pitch. And it worked.

Live look at Marlins-Reds: | @ByTimReynolds This was taken during an actual... - MLB Daily Dish
In case you hadn't heard there were less than 400 people at a Marlins game Wednesday.



Astros and Former Astros

Breakout Candidates for 2012 | FanGraphs Baseball
We've all seen the positive developments in Bud Norris, according to FanGraphs he may just take that next step at the National level in 2012.

Wandy Rodriguez: Underrated Quality Pitcher | FanGraphs Baseball
Dave Cameron breaks down the waiver claim of Rodriguez and whether or not what's being said is warranted.

Minor League Notes, August 24, 2011 - Minor League Ball
Just checking in on Derek Dietrich.

Lance Berkman expressed a desire to remain with St. Louis in 2012 | News
Lance Berkman told reporters on Wednesday that he intends to play in 2012, and that he'd love for it to be with the Cardinals. BLAH!