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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 10, 2015

News and notes from Wednesday.

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Houston Astros News:

Can Rangers rally past Astros in tight AL West division race? - MLB -
With the Rangers surging and the Astros faltering, will Houston be able to hang on to its unexpected AL West lead, or can Texas pull off an unlikely comeback?

Texas forever: Rangers move within one game of Astros in AL West | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The Rangers might be more than just a wild card team. Plus, news and notes from around the league.

Will The Texas Rangers Overtake The Houston Astros For The AL West Title?
Baseball Essential is a fast-growing team of correspondents dedicated to connecting players, writers & fans to a multimedia platform.

Grant: How July near-brawl with Astros sparked Rangers' resurgence in pennant chase | Dallas Morning News
SEATTLE — There comes a moment when catch-phrases are simply no longer enough to win the hearts and minds of major leaguers. When "Never, Ever quit," and "Why not us?" has to transition from a cool T-shirt slogan to reality.

A Texas ranch is leading a pitching revolution -- just ask the Astros - ABC News
A Texas ranch is leading a pitching revolution -- just ask the Astros

Astros hit four homers in beating A's - Houston Chronicle
Colby Rasmus, Evan Gattis, Carlos Gomez and Marwin Gonzalez each homered, and Hank Conger drove in four runs to help the Astros avoid a three-game sweep with an 11-5 victory over the A's at Coliseum.

Joaquin Andujar, former Astros pitcher, dies at 62 - Ultimate Astros
Joaquin Andujar, who broke into the big leagues with the Astros, and later won Game 7 of the 1982 World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals, has died. He was 62.

Houston Astros’ Max Stassi enjoying big-league call-up, brother’s success | The Sacramento Bee
Max Stassi learned he was being called up from Triple A on Aug. 29 to join the American League West-leading Houston Astros for the first time this season in the middle of a pennant race. Still, it might not have been the best news Stassi, a Yuba City High School graduate, received that week.

Astros hit four homers, McHugh wins 16th in win over A's | FOX Sports
Astros hit four homers, McHugh wins 16th in win over A's

News from Around The League:

Yoenis Cespedes powers the Mets, but he's not the NL MVP -
Thursday's Say Hey, Baseball discusses Cespedes for MVP, Yadier Molina's bat-breaking strength, and Stephen Vogt's poor, poor groin.

Turning Tim Hudson into a Hall of Fame pitcher -
Tim Hudson probably isn't heading for Cooperstown in five years, but it wouldn't have taken that much work to get him there.

The Nationals are blowing their chance at the playoffs -
Wednesday's Say Hey, Baseball finds the Nationals blowing it against the Mets, what those yelling at Matt Harvey are missing and Blake Swihart's role on the 2016 Red Sox.

What Matt Harvey and Scott Boras got right -
It's a short list. But an important one.

Remembering Sandy Koufax's perfect game, 50 years later - True Blue LA
A look back at Sandy Koufax's perfect game from Sept. 9, 1965, and the amazing finishing stretch run by Koufax and the Dodgers to win the pennant and World Series.

Stephen Vogt suffering 'indescribable pain' days after foul tip to the groin -
Oakland A's catcher took a foul tip directly off his cup on Sunday, and three days later he is still hurting, calling the pain "indescribable."

Cubs take advantage of Randal Grichuk's sore arm, Cardinals win anyway -
Randal Grichuk was back in the outfield on Wednesday with a sore arm and the fact that he couldn't throw to the infield cost the Cardinals a run, but St. Louis won anyway, because that's what they do.