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Super Sunday Astros Crawfish Boil: August 17, 2014

News and notes from around the league.

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Good morning boys and girls! Here are some links before the Astros take on the Red Sox.

Rangers’ J.P. Arencibia explains rivalry with Houston Astros mascot Orbit, responds to double dipping accusation | Dallas Morning News
The newest rivalry in Major League Baseball: Orbit vs. Arencibia.

1994 strike molded baseball's path 20 years later | MLB | Baseball | Sports | To
Twenty years ago Tuesday, San Francisco Giants pitcher Bud Black figured his fourth work stoppage as a Major League Baseball player would be like the first three. The bitterly battling players and owners would find their way back to the negotiating table and hammer out a solution that would allow games to continue.

Astros fan Shaun Dean reflects on 2005 NLDS homer catches | News
Shaun Dean miraculously caught a pair of home runs at an Astros game during the 2005 playoffs, and that feat was repeated on Tuesday night, when Tim Pinkard caught both of Chris Carter's home runs at Minute Maid Park.

Longtime Astros coach Gordy MacKenzie passes away | News
Gordy MacKenzie, a longtime Astros Minor league coach and scout, passed away on Tuesday, the team said. He was 77 years old.

Trip to Fenway Park special for Astros rookie George Springer, despite current spectator status - Ultimate Astros
George Springer’s first game in the famed stadium of his childhood, Fenway Park, came with him on the disabled list Thursday — a disappointment for a kid from nearby New Britain, Conn. But the rookie Astros outfielder can still say he made it here as a big leaguer, and he should have plenty of chances to actually play at Fenway in the future.

Roger Clemens honored with induction to Red Sox Hall of Fame - Ultimate Astros
Roger Clemens, a pitcher who represents something of a bond between the Red Sox and Astros, was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame on Thursday at Fenway Park.Crane praises baseball's next Commissioner | News

Astros owner Jim Crane, whose shipping company has an office and clients in Boston, is at Fenway Park for the series against the Red Sox. Crane arrived in Boston on Thursday afternoon from Baltimore, where he and other Major League owners voted Rob Manfred as the next Commissioner at the quarterly Owners Meetings.

Luhnow & Co. turning an eye to potential September call-ups - Ultimate Astros
dA little more than two weeks remain before September rosters expand and teams are able to add extra players for the final month of the regular season.