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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 4, 2015

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Quantifying awesome baseball names and Twins-Astros series preview roundup

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Astros News:

Astros to host Twins in matchup of playoff contenders | MLB.com
This time last year, both the Twins and Astros were battling to stay out of the cellar in their respective divisions. Flash forward 12 months and the two teams enter their second series in as many weekends with playoff implications.

Twins-Astros Preview - MLB - SI.com
As Collin McHugh looks to carry over his success from last month, the Houston Astros right-hander should expect to see ailing rookie Miguel Sano in the Minnesota Twins lineup.

Scouting report: Astros vs. Twins - Ultimate Astros

Houston Astros: Can Carlos Correa catch A-Rod in homers by a 20-year-old?
Time is not on Correa's side, but is it possible?

Harry Shattuck added to Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor - Ultimate Astros
Shattuck began covering the Astros in 1970 and served as the Chronicle’s beat writer from 1972-1985. He became the paper’s national baseball writer (1985-88), assistant sports editor (1989-93) and travel editor (1993-09) before his retirement.

MLB News:

Bryce Harper scores four without hit, at-bat | MLB.com
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper put together a performance unlike any other in Major League history Thursday night at Nationals Park, all without a hit or an official at-bat in Washington's 15-1 victory.

Dodgers promote shortstop Corey Seager | dodgers.com
SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers infielder Corey Seager made his Major League debut on Thursday, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a 10-7 loss in San Diego. But it wasn't his first go-around at Petco Park.

Angels to step up general manager search | MLB.com
Arte Moreno and president John Carpino are expected to accelerate a franchise-altering search for a new general manager, a reality thrust upon them when Jerry Dipoto resigned on the first of July.

ESPN removes Curt Schilling from coverage for rest of season | SI.com
Schilling was removed from recent Sunday Night Baseball and Little League World Series coverage in wake of a tweet he sent in late August containing a meme comparing Muslims to Nazis.

Devising a metric for the best names in baseball - Sports On Earth
In an attempt to fix that injustice created by WIns Above Replacement (WAR) not taking fantastic names into consideration, we created a new statistic. Meet NAR, a formula created to evaluate some of the game's top monikers.

For your listening pleasure:

A hidden gem out of New Zealand. Tami Neilson has been described as "a country music genetic experiment gone good... like the result of Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson having a baby". I'd say that's a pretty apt description. Her latest single "Lonely" was originally a demo recorded my Neilson's father back in 1972. She rediscovered the demo a week after he passed and re-recorded it for her new album Don't Be Afraid, coming out later this month.