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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 30, 2015

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The Astros are back in first place, and Cole Hamels heads to a Division rival.

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Lance McCullers pitched seven strong innings to earn the win Wednesday night.
Lance McCullers pitched seven strong innings to earn the win Wednesday night.
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Houston Astros News:

The Astros beat the Angels to move into first | MLB.com
Lance McCullers led the way as the Astros regained first place in the AL West.

Astros, Padres gaining steam in trade talks - Ultimate Astros
The Astros may not be done making moves before the trade deadline, and rumors are flying that a deal will happen with the Padres.

Trade season shaping up differently for Astros catcher Jason Castro this time around - Ultimate Astros As one of the longest-tenured players on the current Astros club, Jason Castro has a unique perspective on the trade deadline.

Jed Lowrie will return from injury, play third | astros.com
Without making a trade, the Astros will add an impact bat to their lineup for Thursday night's series finale against the Angels when infielder Jed Lowrie is activated from the disabled list for the first time in more than three months.

Party city: Astros atop AL West, ready to add another arm for playoff drive
The Houston Astros are two months from their first playoff berth since 2005, and ready to add another big arm to the pitching rotation.

Trade Deadline News:

Rangers land ace left-hander Cole Hamels from Phillies | HardballTalk
The long drawn out Cole Hamels trade process is finally done. Hamels goes to the Rangers, and apparently wouldn't waive his no-trade rights to join the Astros. The Phillies finally completed this major move that will jump-start their rebuild.

Carlos Gomez of Milwaukee Brewers to New York Mets for Zack Wheeler, Wilmer Flores

A trade that was to send Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez to the Mets for RHP Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores "has not and will not transpire," the Mets said. This one was widely reported and then apparently fell through.

Wilmer Flores tears up after thinking he's been traded | FOX Sports
Ken Rosenthal: Confusion which led to Mets-Brewers trade mess involving Carlos Gomez, Wilmer Flores and Zack Lee show the perils of the immediacy of Twitter ... a problem which is never going away.

Detroit Tigers tell teams David Price, other potential free agents available
The Tigers have told teams they will consider trading all their potential free agents -- David Price, Yoenis Cespedes, Joakim Soria and others -- between now and Friday's deadline. Paging Jeff Luhnow...