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Super Sunday Astros Crawfish Boil - May 18, 2014

A sunday crawfish boil with updates about Brandon Backe, the Astros Spring Training site, and Brett Wallace.

Scott Halleran

The Astros have won three of their last four games, and life is good for at least this moment. Let's take a look at a few baseball stories during this time of euphoria...

Jury finds 4 Galveston officers used excessive force - Houston Chronicle
A federal jury concluded Monday that four Galveston police officers used excessive force during a 2008 wedding party and awarded a total of $48,900 in damages to injured plaintiffs.

Nolan thinks Astros can take strides similar to Rangers | News
Houston Astros executive advisor Nolan Ryan welcomed his former Rangers club to Minute Maid Park for a three-game set on Monday, and he spoke before the game about his new role in Houston and his time in Arlington.

Cancer-striken fan turns to Astros for good luck - Ultimate Astros
Even after meeting manager Bo Porter and Astros starting pitcher Scott Feldman, lifelong Astros fan Wanda Shannon, who is fighting Stage-4 cancer, could hardly believe she had just spent a few minutes with her favorite baseball team Monday evening at Minute Maid Park.

Palm Beach County considering spring training baseball stadium in West Palm Beach - Sun Sentinel
Palm Beach County and two Major League Baseball teams are pursuing a proposal to build a spring training baseball facility in West Palm Beach that would involve public financing.

Landmark status would not bar Dome's demolition - Houston Chronicle
The looming designation of the Astrodome as a so-called "state antiquities landmark" would not bar its demolition or result in any significant grants to redevelop the deteriorating stadium, preservation officials said Wednesday.

Luhnow visits with LSU's Alleva | News
The chance to come to Minute Maid Park with several of his coaches on Wednesday allowed LSU athletic director Joe Alleva the opportunity to spend some time with his son's boss -- Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. Alleva's son, JD Alleva, is a regional crosschecker in the Astros' scouting department.

Lancaster JetHawks roommates Josh Hader, J.D. Osborne and Daniel Minor combine for Class A no-hitter | News
On a patch of the Mojave Desert in the city of Lancaster, Calif., five Minor League baseball players share a big yellow house surrounded by dry brush and tumbleweeds. It has two stories, six bedrooms and a modest patio. And now, it comes with a no-hitter.

What the Heck, Bobby?: Doug Brocail Talks About Hooks LHP Tommy Shirley
On my recent trip to Corpus Christi, I talked briefly with Keith Bodie about several players and then I posed the question, "Who has been the biggest surprise for you this season?" His answer came back about a nanosecond later, "Tommy Shirley."

Astros County: Your Neighborhood Astros Blog & Grill: Has the Tandem Rotation in the Minors Disappeared??
I think that most readers with an interest in the Astros know about the Tandem Starting Rotation in the minor leagues. As this excellent summary article says, it is often used in the lower minor leagues in a lot of systems, but the fact that the Astros use it throughout their affiliates at all levels raises some eyebrows. And, it claimed an early victim / got shoved under a white-hot spotlight, because when your 1-1 has to head back to extended spring training with an ERA of 6.23, that is never going to generate headlines that are supportive of this idea.

Astros County: Your Neighborhood Astros Blog & Grill: Historical Scouting Reports - Eric Yelding
The National Baseball Hall of Fame did something really cool last year when they made thousands of historical scouting reports available to the public. This post is part of a series in which we'll look at the reports of players that have passed through Houston during their career. A lot of these are, understandably, difficult to read, so I'll do my best to transcribe them as-is while including pictures of a few of them.

JetHawks' Scott excels on night of firsts | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
Jordan Scott tripled twice, homered and matched a career high with five RBIs on Saturday night, leading Class A Advanced Lancaster to a 10-3 win at Rancho Cucamonga.

Video Highlights & Clips - MiLB | Brett Wallace Walk-off homer - Video | Multimedia | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
Brett Wallace belted a solo home run in the bottom of the 13th inning to lift the Tides to a 7-6 win over the Charlotte Knights.

Yu Darvish strikes out Adam Lind with 63 mph eephus pitch | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Darvish's repertoire might be unlimited.