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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 18, 2015

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Astros news and notes from Thursday.

Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

These past few weeks have been painful. I've decided to wrap myself up in a blanket and to listen to this on loop.

Astros News:

Grant: Why Rangers' bullpen was key difference in sweep of Astros | Dallas Morning News
ARLINGTON - The biggest difference over the last seven weeks for the Rangers as they steadily tracked down the Houston Astros was the remaking of the bullpen.

Legendary Astros broadcaster Milo Hamilton passes away | abc13.com
Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton, who called Houston Astros games for decades, has passed away. He was 88 years old.

Astros report: Solid pitching goes to waste - Houston Chronicle
The Astros came into Thursday night with the third lowest ERA in the majors from June 1 through Wednesday, 3.43. Only the Cardinals and Pirates, a pair of National League teams, were better.

Pennant Pursuit: Astros' September meltdown continues as Rangers complete sweep
The Astros picked the wrong month to have a meltdown.

Legendary Houston Astros broadcaster Milo Hamilton dies at 88 - Your Houston News: Sports
HOUSTON – Houston Astros Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton passed away Thursday in Houston. He was 88 years old.

A's-Astros matchups - San Jose Mercury News
Pitchers for three-game series at Minute Maid Park

Breaking down the AL wild-card field, slumping Astros included - MLB - Buster Olney Blog - ESPN - (INSIDER)
Buster Olney puts the Houston Astros' recent slump in perspective, checks on the AL wild-card race, and pleads for a Tim Hudson-Barry Zito matchup.

Around the Major Leagues:

The unwritten rules of Kyle Seager calling for time the wrong way - SBNation.com
Is that how The Captain would call time? How dare you sully The Captain's name by even suggesting it.

Jung Ho Kang out for season after takeout slide - SBNation.com
Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang is out for the season with a fractured tibia and torn MCL suffered during a takeout slide on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs. He had surgery Thursday night and is out 6-8 months.

Jimmy Carter shares wonderful Kiss Cam moment with his wife Rosalynn - SBNation.com
The 39th president had a wonderful moment with his wife.

American League wild card standings: Mike Trout helps Angels pull within 2½ games - SBNation.com
The Angels beat the Twins on Thursday to start a four-game series in Minnesota, the beginning of a seven-game road trip (also stopping in Houston) that sees the Angels play the two teams ahead of them in the race for the second AL wild card spot.