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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 14, 2015

News and notes from Sunday.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros News

The AL West is up for grabs as the Astros and Rangers face off -
Monday's Say Hey, Baseball includes baseball's most exciting postseason chase, Ruben Amaro's legacy and another bad Johnny Cueto start.

Sunday's Top 5: Houston Astros launch a ninth-inning miracle - SweetSpot - ESPN
The Astros' highly improbable comeback and four-star outings by Masahiro Tanaka and Zack Greinke were among the day's top performances in baseball.

Astros-Rangers Preview - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Bragging rights usually were at stake in past years when the Houston Astros would meet the Texas Rangers. The biggest series in the history of this rivalry gets underway Monday night in Arlington, where the charging Rangers attempt to cut into the Astros' slim lead atop the AL West. Texas (75-67) trailed Houston (77-66) by eight games before a three-game sweep of their Lone Star State rivals at Globe Life Park in early August began a 24-14 stretch that has pulled the Rangers within 1 1/2.

Astros’ Rally Stuns Halos | Valley News
Anaheim, Calif. — Pinch-hitter Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer to complete an astounding five-run rally off Huston Street with

Astros Fans Enjoying A Season That No One Expected - 09-14-2015 : Houston Public Media news for H... Houston Public Media
Astros Fans Enjoying A Season That No One Expected : It's been a surprising summer for Astros fans. What was supposed to be another rebuilding season has turned into a chase for the division title. Houston Public Media News and Press Releases for Houston Public Media Houston, Texas USA

Astros manage 2 pitchers' innings more smoothly than do Mets - Houston Chronicle
The Astros navigated a potential public and player relations minefield that another team, the New York Mets, saw set off with a media bang.

Astros owner getting results on and off the field | New York Post
Few people find a way to get the better of billionaire Leon Black. Jim Crane is one of them. Crane, now the owner of the resurgent Houston Astros, has emerged...

News from Around the League

Denied the Fruits of His Labor: Is Ruben Amaro the Next Ed Wade? - The Good Phight
The legacy of a former Phillies General Manager offers a potentially parallel narrative for recently-fired Ruben Amaro, Jr.

Matt Harvey could piggyback starts to remain fresh for possible playoff appearance - Amazin' Avenue
The Mets may have come up with a way to avoid a long layoff for their ace, while keeping their other young guns' innings counts lower as well.

Reds trade rumors: Moving Aroldis Chapman would require 'blockbuster package' - MLB Daily Dish
Few things have changed. It would still take a lot for Aroldis Chapman to be traded.

David Ortiz hits 500th career home run -
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz became the 27th player in Major League Baseball history to hit 500 home runs.

Mike Trout's new shoes have an actual trout on them -
There's something fishy about these shoes.

Moustakas drives in nine in 14-6 win at Baltimore - Royals Review
Mike Moustakas hit a three-run home run and a grand slam on his way to a team-record nine RBI, and a 14-6 win against the Orioles.

Nationals' slugger Bryce Harper leaves game with apparent injury after collision - Federal Baseball
Washington Nationals' slugger Bryce Harper left this afternoon's game in the first after colliding with Miami Marlins' second baseman Derek Dietrich while rounding the second base bag on a groundout. No word on the extent of any injury...