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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 9, 2015

Astros lose second straight, Mark Appel shines, and a top trade target leaves early.

Gattis home run not enough.
Gattis home run not enough.
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Houston Astros News

Murphy’s clutch double sends Indians past Astros - Ultimate Astros

Anemic offense and an inconsistent bullpen lead to a second straight loss.

Indians top Astros on double by David Murphy |
A two run first inning blast by Evan Gattis was the only offense the Astros could muster, and the team's bullpen woes continued.

Astros face decisions when attempting to limit pitchers’ innings - Ultimate Astros

The Astros will attempt to limit the number of innings for Lance McCullers and Vincent Velasquez.

Appel throws 6.2 shutout IP in win | Fresno Grizzlies News
Mark Appel picks up his first career Triple-A victory. Appel could be the next Astros prospect to make his major league debut if he continues to impress in Fresno.

Around the Major Leagues

Mike Moustakas, Johnny Cueto lead Final Vote |
Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas and Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto were the early leaders  MLB All-Star Game Final Vote.

A's starter Scott Kazmir leaves game early with injury - San Jose Mercury News
Kazmir was pulled after suffering left triceps tightness, replaced by reliever Evan Scribner.

Kazmir is a Houston native, and a possible trade target for the Astros, so I'm sure the front office is watching this one closely.

Home Run Derby contestants announced |
The field was set Wednesday for the 2015 Derby, which will be held Monday at 8 p.m. ET at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. It features two National League Rookie of the Year Award candidates (Joc Pederson and Kris Bryant), a past Derby winner (two-time victor Prince Fielder), a hometown slugger (Todd Frazier), a future Hall of Famer (Albert Pujols), power-hitting third basemen (Manny Machado and Josh Donaldson) and a first-timer with plenty of clout (Anthony Rizzo).

Video: Must C: Two Inside-the-park HRs |
7/8/15: Logan Forsythe and the Jarrod Dyson circle the bases, the first time two inside-the-park homers are hit in the same game since 1997