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Super Astros Crawfish Boil: April 26, 2015

Astros news and notes from the past week.

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Good morning boys and girls, the Astros are in first place. Bask in it while reading this weeks stories.

Former Astros pitcher Danny Coombs reminisces Dome’s first games - Ultimate Astros
Former Astros lefthander Danny Coombs vividly remembers that not everybody was pulling for the Astros to succeed against the Yankees’ Mickey Mantle in the first two exhibition games at the Astrodome in 1965.

Astros kick it old school en route to evening series with AL West rival Angels - Ultimate Astros
There was plenty to appreciate Saturday night at Minute Maid Park if you like the Astros. The starting pitching, as has become custom when ace lefthander Dallas Keuchel starts, was superb.

Astrodome remembered as baseball innovation |
HOUSTON -- There was that first time they walked into the Astrodome. Fifty years later, it remains etched in their hearts and minds.

Vinny Castilla attends Rock Cats game, continues to help Rockies - Central Connecticut Communications: New Britain Herald
NEW BRITAIN — The Rockies weren’t the team that first signed Vinny Castilla, but they were the first to give him a shot at being an everyday third baseman.

04/20/2015 - How long can Houston stay in the race?
With six wins and six losses the Houston Astros sit alone atop the American League Western Division standings. Let that sink in for a minute. The Astros are in first place.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred pushes for pre-draft medical info following Brady Aiken debacle - Ultimate Astros
Brady Aiken hasn’t been forgotten by baseball’s highest powers — the union and league office — and the significance of his medical situation will carry over into next year’s collective bargaining discussions.

Marisnick to get a couple of days to deal with leg soreness |
OAKLAND -- Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick was scratched from Friday night's lineup against the A's and is expected to sit out Saturday's contest as he deals with leg soreness.

What should the Astros do in the 2015 MLB draft? - Minor League Ball
The Houston Astros have an unprecedented opportunity to add impact talent to their farm system, holding two of the top five picks in the draft. What should they do with those picks?