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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 13, 2015

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Mark Appel, Tony Kemp represent Astros while helping U.S. team win 2015 Futures Game - Ultimate Astros
As he settled in among many of baseball’s top prospects in the All-Star Futures Game, Class AAA Fresno infielder Tony Kemp tried to capture as many memories as possible Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Rays rally to send Astros into All-Star break riding six-game losing streak - Ultimate Astros
This Astros’ skid stings because of the drastically new standard they forged in so little time, just three and a half months into the season.

Astros report: Keuchel looking like AL's probable starter - Houston Chronicle
It seems likelier and likelier the nation will have its eyes on Dallas, words that have never sounded better to Houstonians.

Astros exceeding expectations despite recent slide | Sports - WPTZ Home
The Houston Astros have performed markedly above preseason expectations, and while their prolonged run atop the American League West has been one of the biggest surprises of the first half, it always seemed inevitable that the good times would not last the entire summer. the go...

Houston Astros Will Harris: Unsung Hero
The Astros don't have a player that's quite like Will Harris, a guy that does his job and doesn't make a peep. He is the team's true unsung hero.

Tampa native McCullers looks good but takes loss for Astros | Tampa Bay Times
ST. PETERSBURG — Astros pitcher and Tampa native Lance McCullers said he tried to make Sunday's start against the Rays at Tropicana Field just like any other day.

Astros' Kemp showing signs he's ready for MLB duty alongside his hero, Jose Altuve | FOX Sports
Astros' Kemp showing signs he's ready for MLB duty alongside his hero, Jose Altuve

Around the Major Leagues

2015 MLB Futures Game results: U.S. bats dominate World pitching in 10-1 blowout win -
Cubs catching prospect Kyle Schwarber sparked the U.S. offense with his two-run triple and was named the Futures Game MVP.

MLB All-Star Game: Clayton Kershaw replaces Max Scherzer on NL roster -
Kershaw makes the National League team despite not making the reserve list and failing to take the Final Vote.

Say hey, baseball: Brian Dozier, Troy Tulowitzki added to All-Star team -
Sunday morning's baseball includes more additions to the All-Star game, a couple of possible trade scenarios, and the triumphant return of Jose Fernandez.

Dee Gordon dislocates thumb sliding into first base, will miss All-Star Game -
Miami Marlins All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon will likely be out several weeks after dislocating his left thumb while sliding into first base against the Reds.

MLB All-Star Weekend 2015: Schedule, events, TV coverage and streaming -
The 86th MLB All-Star Game is Tuesday night on Fox, but there are a few days worth of events in and around Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati that are worth keeping track of.

MLB All-Star Game Final Vote: Mike Moustakas, Carlos Martinez finalize rosters -
Moustakas and Martinez rounded out the 34-man rosters for the AL and NL teams, beating out others such as Clayton Kershaw and Yoenis Cespedes for the final spots.