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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 17, 2015

Astros news and links.

It was a bad night for the Astros in Arlington.
It was a bad night for the Astros in Arlington.
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Astros News:

Astros’ crumpling continues with 14-3 thrashing in Arlington - Ultimate Astros
If you were one of the Astros fans who caravanned four hours from Houston for this game, you couldn’t close your eyes to escape. The sound of home run after home run would still convey the misery.

Dallas Keuchel gives up career-high nine runs |
The best thing Dallas Keuchel did on Wednesday night was put on a brave face and address the media with poise, answering every question about his career-worst outing without sounding panicked or beaten.

Astros’ injury woes beginning to heal - Ultimate Astros

The injury news started to perk up for the Astros on Wednesday, when Marwin Gonzalez returned to the lineup at third base, batting seventh, and Jed Lowrie was available off the bench.

Matt Duffy makes big league debut with Astros |

The nerves started when Astros bench coach Trey Hillman told rookie Matt Duffy to be ready and start stretching early in Houston's 14-3 loss to Texas. Those nerves came to an apex in Duffy's first Major League at-bat, which resulted in a groundout to shortstop on Martin Perez's second pitch.

Astros’ Class AAA affiliate evens up championship series - Ultimate Astros

Jon Singleton hit a two-run homer and Dan Straily threw seven innings of one-hit ball to lead the Fresno Grizzlies past the Round Rock Express 3-1 to even up the Pacific Coast League championship series at 1-1 on Wednesday at Dell Diamond

Around the Major Leagues:

Bryce Harper hits 40th home run of season |

Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is having a season for the ages. He leads the National League in several offensive categories, including home runs, on-base percentage and batting average.

Cubs hold off Pirates with win in 12 innings |

Jake Arrieta has been picking up the Cubs all season. On Wednesday night, the Cubs returned the favor.

The Catcher Is Watching You | FanGraphs Baseball

How catchers look for clues to get batters out.

Looking Ahead to #EvenYear: San Francisco’s Run to the 2016 World Series Has Already Begun

In San Fransisco, it's 'Wait until the even year'.