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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 6, 2015

News and notes from Saturday.

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It's Star Wars day at Minute Maid Park, and the force is strong with the Astros. Here is some reading material before game.

Houston Astros news:

Former Astros broadcaster Gene Elston dies at age 93 |
Gene Elston, the longtime Astros radio broadcaster, died on Saturday at the age of 93, the club confirmed.

Gene Elston, original voice of Houston Astros, dies at 93 | MLB | Sporting News
Gene Elston, the original voice of the Astros, died Saturday at age 93.

Astros report: It's a mixed bag on the injury front - Houston Chronicle
Saturday's Astros triage report included a note of optimism from catcher Jason Castro, a pessimistic report from righthanded starter Scott Feldman and wait-and-see caution from reliever Tony Sipp.

MLB Rankings: George Springer’s return should have Astros lifting off
The Register’s David Borges takes a look at baseball’s contenders and pretenders.

Houston Astros: The Feldman Factor
The Houston Astros are slowly losing AL West ground. The news of a hurt Scott Feldman doesn't help either, how much of an effect does he have on this team?

A King of Sliders Surmounts a Fall - The New York Times
J. R. Richard had a fleet but glorious career for the Astros, then illness and misfortune left him impoverished and sleeping under bridges. But he has recovered.

Around Major League Baseball:

Mets, Matt Harvey headed for a controversial September -
Sunday's Say Hey includes the Mets and Matt Harvey at odds at a bad time, the Astros trying to lock up one of their best, and ESPN finally making a good decision.

Yankees could be playoff-bound with Luis Severino -
Saturday’s Say Hey, Baseball features rookie standout Luis Severino, a familiar frontrunner for the Angels’ GM position and CC Sabathia’s return to the Yankees.

I used to hate Cal Ripken's Ironman record. I was an idiot. -
Sorry. Sorry about that.

Jessica Mendoza, ESPN's first female baseball announcer, will remain through 2015 -
She is the network's first female baseball announcer.

Carlos Gonzalez can't stop hitting dingers -
Friday's Say Hey, Baseball features Carlos Gonzalez destroying your favorite pitchers, Curt Schilling taken off the air and Jason Heyward's likely free agency.