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Super Sunday Astros Crawfish Boil: June 29, 2014

Astros news and notes from this past week.

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Good morning boys and girls, how are you doing today? The Astros were just one at-bat way from beating two Cy-Young winners this weekend. Here are some articles that can hopefully can help push that memory to the back of your mind.

Where did Tigers slugger J.D. Martinez come from? | FOX Sports on MSN
Outfielder J.D. Martinez is creating quite a stir for the Detroit Tigers. It seems as if Martinez appeared out of nowhere, but just where did this run-producing godsend come from?

Top-pick Brady Aiken in Houston to sign with Astros - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston
Left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken, the top-overall pick in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, arrived in Houston on Monday to sign with the Astros."It Feels great," Aiken said in an i...

Judge unsure if Crane’s civil suit requires state or federal court - Ultimate Astros
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur said Monday he will require at least two weeks before deciding whether a civil lawsuit filed by Jim Crane’s Astros ownership group against former Astros owner Drayton McLane and Comcast should be heard in state court or federal court.

Rochester's Tim Redding back in Upstate New York as Doubledays Pitching Coach : Sports :
Rochester native Tim Redding, a former major and minor league baseball pitcher, is in his first season as the pitching coach for the Auburn Doubledays.

Could CSN Houston Give A La Carte a Boost?
DIRECTV charges the regional sports channel is asking for too money to carry its signal, but the satcaster has said it would consider offering it a la carte, which would allow customers to order it for a separate monthly fee.

Astros’ George Springer makes cover of Sports Illustrated - Ultimate Astros
It’s not often that a last-place team makes the cover of Sports Illustrated, a longtime honor in the sports world.

Houston Astros are going 'BEYOND MONEYBALL'

It's like Moneyball, but beyond it.

Dish offers to distribute carriage-starved CSN Houston a la carte - FierceCable
With no major carriage to speak of beyond its part owner, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), nearly 21 months after it first launched, bankrupt regional sports network CSN Houston has been given an offer by Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) it might have to actually consider: a la carte distribution.

Sports Illustrated cover declares Houston Astros ’2017 World Series champs’ | For The Win
Houston has a well-regarded farm system built under GM Jeff Luhnow.

George Springer's Sparkling Rookie Season Leads To SI Cover, Third For UConn In Four Months -
Former UConn baseball standout George Springer ('11), currently a member of the Houston Astros, graces the cover of the June 30th issue of Sports Illustrated. Springer becomes the third current or former UConn student-athlete to earn the prestigious cover spot in the past four months, with Breanna Stewart (March 24th issue) and Shabazz Napier (April 14) each taking a turn for UConn's women's and men's basketball national champion teams, respectively.

Carlos Correa out for rest of season with fractured fibula - Ultimate Astros
Sports Illustrated predicted the Astros would win the 2017 World Series. Maybe 2018 is a better bet. The Astros’ best prospect, Carlos Correa, has lost half his season.

Kemp becomes first 2013 Draft pick to reach Double-A | News
The Astros promoted 5-foot-6 second baseman Tony Kemp to Double-A Corpus Christi from Class A Lancaster on Wednesday, making him the first Astros pick from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft to reach Double-A.

Are the Astros going to win the 2017 World Series? -
Sports Illustrated thinks so. Here's why it's not as crazy as it sounds.

Before game, Astros watch US soccer advance | News
Rookie outfielder George Springer walked into the Astros' clubhouse Thursday morning wearing the orange jersey of Brad Davis of the Houston Dynamo while preparing to cheer on the United States Men's National Team in its World Cup match against Germany. He was joined by several teammates in the clubhouse during the match.