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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 9th, 2015

Astros links after the club stole home field advantage in the ALDS.

George Springer connects against the Royals.
George Springer connects against the Royals.
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Astros News:

Collin McHugh makes it through delay, delivers big win - Ultimate Astros
While rain pounded Kauffman Stadium on Thursday night, Astros righthander Colin McHugh paced back and forth inside the visiting clubhouse. He had finally made his playoff debut, and he wasn’t willing to let a brief shower cut his night early.

Collin McHugh, Astros defeat Royals in Game 1 |
Right-hander Collin McHugh tossed six strong innings, and George Springer and Colby Rasmus each homered as the Astros stunned last year's American League pennant-winning Royals, 5-2, at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday night in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

With Dallas Keuchel looming in Game 3, Royals know how importance of Friday’s game - Ultimate Astros

Considering that Astros ace lefthander Dallas Keuchel is set to start Game 3 at Minute Maid Park, where he’s 15-0 this year, Royals manager Ned Yost admits there’s extra importance to Game 2 of the AL Division Series on Friday afternoon.

Astros want Minute Maid Park roof closed |

The Astros will host their first home postseason game in 10 years on Sunday, when they take the field against the Royals for Game 3 of the American League Division Series. The game is slated to begin at 4 p.m. ET on MLB Network, which raises the question: Will the roof be open or closed?

Staying hot: Astros win Game 1 of ALDS over Royals - Ultimate Astros

Astros' decision-making continues to be on point as Astros take 1-0 series lead in the ALDS

Road pushovers? Apparently not these Houston Astros
The Astros are athletically gifted and stacked with power bats. And they've figured out how to win on the road. In other words: Watch out, Royals.

Astros top Royals in Game 1 of ALDS | HardballTalk

After shutting out the Yankees in the AL Wild Card game on Tuesday, the Astros beat the Royals 5-2 in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium.

Carlos Gomez not in Astros lineup for Game 1 |

Center fielder Carlos Gomez wasn't in the starting lineup for Thursday night's Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The Astros are being cautious with the lingering effects of his strained intercostal muscle, though manager A.J. Hinch said Gomez would be in the lineup for Friday's Game 2 at 2:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1.

Astros-Royals Top 5: Small ball, big ball work for Houston Astros

Road teams improved to 4-0 in the postseason as the Houston Astros jumped out to an early lead against the Kansas City Royals and didn't look back.

The Kansas City Royals are in deep trouble after a Game 1 loss to Houston - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: With Astros ace Dallas Keuchel unbeaten at home this season, the Royals know they likely need to win Game 2 to save their season.

MLB News:

Road teams win first 4 games in MLB postseason |
Road teams in the 2015 postseason are off to their best start in more than a century. Not only have the road teams won each of this year's first four postseason games, but the home team has yet to even have a lead at any point in those contests.

Rangers beat Blue Jays, 3 hurt in Game 1 |

The Rangers have come into Rogers Centre and taken home-field advantage in the American League Division Series away from the Blue Jays and ace left-hander David Price.

Pete Rose suggests Josh Donaldson should have stayed in Game 1 despite head injury | HardballTalk

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson was forced to exit Game 1 of the ALDS against the Rangers on Thursday after he took a knee to the head on a takeout slide at second base.

Sean Rodriguez has apologized to the cooler he beat up | HardballTalk

It's nice to see that Rodriguez has a sense of humor about the whole thing.