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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 12, 2015

News and notes for Saturday.

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Houston Astros News:

Astros drop series-opener in Anaheim, AL West lead down to 1.5 games - Ultimate Astros
The most difficult discussion to have about the Astros right now regards what they should do. The easy answer is win, and win the division, which they lead by just 1½ games now over the Rangers. But they’re not the lone darlings of the American League West anymore.

Angels defeat Astros to keep pace in WC race |

The Angels got to Astros ace Dallas Keuchel for three early runs, and Jered Weaver and the bullpen made them hold up to take Friday's series opener, 3-2, at Angel Stadium.

Astros Jose Altuve fastest to reach 800th hit |

All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve became the fastest Astros player to reach 800 hits with a first-inning double Friday in a 3-2 loss to the Angels. Altuve's double in the first inning off Jered Weaver came in his 647th career game, besting the 707 games it took Cesar Cedeno to reach 800.

Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez sets career high for starts - Ultimate Astros

Astros utilityman Marwin Gonzalez started his career-high 77th game of the season Friday against the Angels.

Lewis flirts with perfecto, Texas rolls over A's |

Veteran right-hander Colby Lewis retired the first 21 A's hitters on Friday night before Danny Valencia broke up the perfect game with a double to lead off the eighth inning of the Rangers' 4-0 victory, a win that helped Texas trim Houston's lead in the American League West to 1 1/2 games.

Shoulder sprain ends Scott Feldman's season |
Astros right-hander Scott Feldman has been diagnosed with a sprained right shoulder, and he will not pitch again this season. Feldman underwent an MRI on his shoulder Thursday in Houston, which revealed the injury.

Houston Astros, with plenty of young talent, are winning now and could be trouble for the Angels for a while - The Orange County Register
A view of the Astros from behind enemy lines.

News from Around the League:

Report: Brad Ausmus to be fired at season’s end | HardballTalk
The Tigers are in last place in the American League's Central Division with a 64-76 record. Ausmus has ties to Houston so it will be interesting to see if the Astros make a position for him in the front office or as a coach if he does leave the Tigers.

Mark Teixeira has a fractured leg; is done for the season | HardballTalk
A big blow to the Yankees' offense.

Blue Jays top Yankees, build on AL East lead |
The Blue Jays scored an early advantage in a crucial series against the Yankees by homering early and often en route to an 11-5 victory on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

Yoenis Cespedes has three-hit, three RBI night |

At this point, all the New York Mets and their postseason-eyeing fans can do -- all they really should want to do -- is sit back and enjoy the show. The Yo Show.