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Super Sunday Astros Crawfish Boil: October 19, 2014

Astros news and notes from the past week.

Christian Petersen

Good morning boys and girls, the wait is almost over. The wait for the World Series that is. Who do you have in the Series, the Giants or Royals? Personally, I'm rooting for the Royals because one it would ruin the Giants' "even year" magic and two the Royals is closest blueprint for the Astros to follow among this year's playoff teams. Here are some links to hold you over still game one of the World Series.

Appel dominates again in AFL start |
SCOTTSDALE -- The Salt River Rafters were credited with a 1-0 victory over the Surprise Saguaros on Tuesday night in the Arizona Fall League, but the win may as well have gone to the Houston Astros organization. Astros prospects Mark Appel -- the 46th-ranked prospect by and the No. 2 prospect in the Astros organization -- and Andrew Aplin led the way with strong pitching and timely hitting. And Tyson Perez, another Houston farmhand, sealed the deal by picking up the save with a scoreless ninth.

AFL contest with clocks plays at speedy pace |
SCOTTSDALE -- When Major League Baseball announced its new Pace of Game Committee, Tuesday night's Arizona Fall League contest between the Surprise Saguaros and the Salt River Rafters may have been exactly the type of game it was envisioning. While one game -- featuring the debut tests of the 20-second pitch clock and the 2-minute, 5-second limit between half-innings -- is too small of a sample size to draw any conclusions off of, the 2-hour, 14-minute game had to have pleased the committee.

The Cautionary Tale of Ken Caminiti: The Steroid Era's First Truth-Teller | Bleacher Report
The past springs to life on an 80-inch flat-screen in a family room in Reno, Nevada. The television is extra-large because the woman watching it is battling macular degeneration. The man is a reluctant viewer...

Comcast won’t ask appeals court to intervene before CSN ruling - Sports Update
Attorneys for Comcast say they will not ask the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene in the Comcast SportsNet Houston bankruptcy case prior to next Tuesday’s hearing, which could produce a final decision in the year-long legal struggle over the network’s future.

Phil Garner almost talked his GM into dismantling the 2004 Astros. | : Alyson Footer Article
In 2004, the Astros and Cardinals played one of the most memorable NLCS in history. Of course, one of the key moments that led to to that series happened a few months earlier, when the Astros decided to switch managers.

An oral history of the 2004 NLCS, one of the best ever. | : Alyson Footer Article
The 2004 NLCS between the Astros and Cardinals is among the most exciting postseason series of all time, but it was overshadowed by the Yankees collapse against the Red Sox in the ALCS. We revisited the NLCS with some of the key participants to bring it back to life.

Pitch clock leads to Arizona Fall League game played in 2 hours, 14 minutes, with other tools used to speed up pace in MLB experiment | FOX Sports
At long last, has baseball finally found a way to significantly shorten games? If Tuesday night is indication, that answer may indeed be yes. While the night's two LCS games took an average of less than 3 hours, 5 minutes to complete, the Arizona Fall League contest between the Surprise Saguaros and Salt River Rafters reportedly clocked in at a dizzying 2:14.