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Super Astros Crawfish Boil: April 19, 2015

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Astros news and notes from the past week.

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Good morning boys and girls, the Astro appear to be waking up this week. Well at least they did on Saturday, Springer and Grossman each had a home run. Here are some links to hold you over till Sunday's game.

Search is on for the Dome's mysterious time capsule - Houston Chronicle
Amid stacks of bright orange stadium seats on the floor of the vacant Astrodome Thursday morning, a cadre of Harris County sheriff's deputies using high-tech ground penetrating radar began the search for a lost and nearly forgotten relic.

Nolan Ryan unleashes rare power in 1980 game - Houston Chronicle
April 13, 1980: On this day, the Chronicle reported on Nolan Ryan, MLB's first million-dollar-a-year player, who'd taken the hill in his Astros debut against West Division rival Los Angeles Dodgers one day earlier

Film producer: Jose Altuve is ‘a real dude’
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve gets the highest of compliments from the veteran MLB Productions producer who trailed him across three continents for a documentary that premieres Thursday

Altuve receives GIBBY Award in pregame ceremony | astros.com
HOUSTON -- Players who accomplish enormous feats or have record-breaking seasons that draw a lot of attention often say that it isn't until later -- much later -- that the impact of their achievements really sink in. It's highly likely that if Jose Altuve hadn't thought about how tremendous his 2014 actually was, the constant reminders -- in the form of award after award after award -- have done that for him.

A's vs. Astros: A tale of two rebuilds - Athletics Nation
In a season where both teams are expected to be competitive, the Astros' multi-year scorched earth rebuild will go head-to-head against the A's offseason reload.

Bob Watson takes time during Jackie Robinson day to reminisce on trailblazer
When MLB retired Jackie Robinson’s number league-wide on April 15, 1997, not everybody connected No. 42 with Robinson’s legacy.

Statcast provides best look at Springer's grab | astros.com
Everyone who saw Astros right fielder George Springer's catch to rob Leonys Martin of a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning in Arlington on Sunday knows how spectacular the play was. And now everyone knows why.

Happy 50th, Houston Astros — formerly 'Colt .45s,' almost 'Stars' | MLB | Sporting News
Happy 50th birthday to the Houston Astros. Formerly the Houston Colt .45s, the Astros played their first official game as "Astros" on April 12, 1965. The team is celebrating this milestone with a commemorative sleeve patch this season, and will also be wearing a few select uniforms from the team’s very colorful history along the way.

Astros report: Marisnick breathing new life into bottom of batting order - Ultimate Astros
If there can be such a thing as a mainstay in the No. 9 hole in the lineup, center fielder Jake Marisnick is on his way to filling that role.

6 original Astros to help celebrate 50th anniversary of Dome | astros.com
HOUSTON -- Six members of the first team to be called the Astros, which originated 50 years ago in coordination with the opening of the Astrodome, will be at Minute Maid Park on Saturday as part of the Astros 50th Anniversary Weekend. The members of that original 1965 Astros squad scheduled to be in attendance Saturday are Bob Aspromonte, Ron Brand, Bob Bruce, Dan Coombs, Larry Dierker and Jimmy Wynn. Prior to being introduced on the field as part of the pregame ceremonies, the six former players will take part in a free autograph session on the main concourse from 5-5:30 p.m CT.

Houston Astros prospect Carlos Correa leads Corpus Christi Hooks to best start in franchise history | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
Astros prospect Carlos Correa doubled twice on a three-hit night that was cut short by weather Friday as Double-A Corpus Christi beat Springfield to improve to a franchise-best 7-1.