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Super Sunday Astros Crawfish Boil: August 31, 2014

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Astros news and links from the week.

Bob Levey

Good morning boys and girls, here are so links to hold you over before baseball.

Will Astros Games Soon Be Viewable On Your IPad? Maybe | Houston Press
The Associated Press reported last week that Major League Baseball may be close to ending parts of its idiotic blackout...

Quartet of Venezuelans make history in Astros-Indians game - Ultimate Astros
Although the 3-2 loss against the Indians made it difficult for them to savor the moment, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, shortstop Marwin Gonzalez, first baseman Jesus Guzman and third baseman Gregorio Petit made major league history Saturday night at Progressive Field.

Oklahoma City RedHawks: New affiliation announcement three weeks away | News OK
The Los Angeles Dodgers are planning to move their Triple-A affiliation from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City next season. But according to Pacific Coast League bylaws, minor league teams with expiring contracts must wait until Sept. 15 to speak publicly about switching Major League affiliations.

The Rangers sign J.R. Towles from independent ball | HardballTalk
When a 30 year-old is sent to the minors, it's usually bad. But when he's being sent there from independent ball, that's good.

Former Houston Astros pitcher Lucas Harrell cut by Diamondbacks - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
It’s been a long fall from grace for former Houston Astros pitcher Lucas Harrell. The right-hander was once thought to be a key part of the Astros rotation, but has now been released by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Astros, Nationals to unveil spring training proposal in September - Story
The teams will meet with the Palm Beach County Tourism Development Council on Sept. 11 and the Palm Beach County Commission 12 days later.

Emmett proposes Dome become 'world's largest indoor park' - Houston Chronicle
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett on Tuesday proposed turning the Astrodome into "the world's largest indoor park" and recreation area, a concept he said would preserve a taxpayer-funded asset and honor the reason his predecessor built the iconic stadium nearly 50 years ago: "To provide a place for traditional outdoor activities in a climate-controlled space, a space like none other in the world."

Astros designated hitter Chris Carter continues homer-happy hot streak - MLB - SI.com
If the A’s have not had many reasons to regret the February 2013 trade that sent Chris Carter to the Astros in exchange for Jed Lowrie, they might have experienced pangs on Tuesday night in Houston.

The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden? - CityLab
Houston can't quit the Eighth Wonder of the World—but it can't quite decide what to do with it, either.

Extreme Moneyball: Houston Astros' Jeff Luhnow Lets Data Reign - Businessweek
Can a former McKinsey consultant build a championship baseball team? The Houston Astros are finding out