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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 20, 2015

News and notes from Saturday.

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Astros News:

A's pitching stumbles in 10-6 loss to Astros
Sonny Gray struggles with control, Athletics arms falter in 10-6 loss to Astros

Gattis' homer helps Astros end skid, rally past A's - Houston Chronicle
For almost a week, it seemed as though the Astros had forgotten how to finish off an opponent. The team that led the American League West for most of the season suddenly appeared unable to make a crucial pitch or deliver a clutch hit while stumbling through a disastrous September.

Broadcasts keep Astros fan's passion alive - Houston Chronicle
You think your heart is tied to the Astros.

WATCH: Thou shalt not bunt when this Astros prospect is catching -
Tyler Heineman turned a big twin killing for Triple-A Fresno in the Pacific Coast League championship series.

Five reasons Texas Rangers swept the Houston Astros in key series | Dallas Morning News
With an 8-2 spanking on Thursday, the Rangers completed a four-game sweep of Houston and sent the Astros back to H-town with a 2.5 game deficit in the AL West.

MLB News:

The NL Central race is heating up -
Sunday's Say Hey, Baseball includes the Cubs going for a sweep of the Cardinals, the Royals shaking up their heralded bullpen, and a Mets hitter who's been just as hot as Yoenis Cespedes.

Either the Cubs or Pirates are going to get screwed, but there's no way around it -
Should there be a change to the Wild Card Game format? No.

Coghlan's slide not dirty, but MLB should step in anyway - MLB Daily Dish
Chris Coghlan may not have meant to hurt Jung Ho Kang, but MLB should take action to prevent future takeout slides from unduly impacting the pennant race.

If the Rockies want to justify the Troy Tulowitzki trade, a nuclear winter must come to Colorado - Purple Row
More dark days are on the horizon for Rockies fans before things start to get better.

The Mariners began their GM search -
Friday's Say Hey, Baseball includes the Mariners beginning their GM interviews, a closer AL Wild Card race and Jung-Ho Kang's unfortunate injury.

Max Scherzer didn't like Matt Williams interrupting his 'f***ing game' -
Things are not getting better in Washington.