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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 10th, 2015

Astros playoffs news and notes.

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Astros News:

The most awful beautiful swing helped the Royals even their series with the Astros - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Eric Hosmer's desperate, flailing swing at Oliver Perez's slider ignited Kansas City's comeback in the Game 2 of the ALDS.

The Kansas City Royals rally to beat the Houston Astros in Game 2 and even ALDS | FOX Sports
The Kansas City Royals rally to beat the Houston Astros in Game 2 and even ALDS

MLB playoffs 2015: Royals rally in Game 2 to beat Astros, tie ALDS
The Royals avoided disaster Friday by beating the Astros 5-4 in comeback fashion.

Houston Astros lament missed opportunity as ALDS shifts to Texas - SweetSpot - ESPN
The Astros are headed home with the ALDS knotted and their ace lined up -- but they're still regretting letting a chance to go up 2-0 slip away.

Astros err in letting Scott Kazmir start sixth | HardballTalk
Hinch sticks with his left-hander for too long in loss.

Astros fever gives fans excuse to miss work, school - Houston Chronicle
Brandon Bohanon wouldn't let anything - not even a biochemistry lecture - stand in the way of his watching the Astros vie for a spot in the World Series after their 10-year absence from postseason play.

Andy Furillo: Houston Astros are baseball’s team on the rise | The Sacramento Bee
The Houston Astros may not make the World Series this year, or even the American League Championship Series, but baseball fans need to familiarize themselves with this organization, even if the people in charge are getting rid of Tal’s Hill.

Astros slugger Colby Rasmus breaks postseason record for extra-base hits | The Kansas City Star
Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus had an RBI double and solo home run Friday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Kauffman Stadium, setting the major-league record with at least one extra-base hit in the first six games of his postseason career.

Astros GM: Wild-card party over, we're trying to win World Series -
Astros popped champagne and beer in New York after beating the Yankees, but plan to be all business in ALDS.

Astros fever sweeping through Houston | News - Home
Doctors know it's all fun and games but they have a warning for fans about what they call Astros fever.

MLB News:

The Blue Jays are in a major hole. Is this the end of the road for Toronto? -
Saturday's Say Hey, Baseball is wondering whether this is the end for the AL East champions, Friday's quadruple-header, the future of the Yankees and Pedro Martinez's grocery list.

Daniel Murphy branded his name onto a baseball on a HR -
Mets infielder Daniel Murphy hit a home run so hard on Friday night against the Dodgers in the NLDS, he tattooed his name onto the ball.

Are the Mets and Dodgers hosed in the postseason because they can't win against good teams? -
An in-depth, unqualified analysis.

The Blue Jays just learned instant replay can't stop baseball from being cruel -
The Rangers shouldn't have won in the 14th inning, unless they totally should have.

The worst part of baseball is baseball ... but it's worth it -
Baseball is the best and the worst thing, and the playoffs are the greatest reminder of this.