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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 8th, 2015

Talking trash, playoff races, and a dubious record set in Philly

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Astros News:

Scott Kazmir set for showdown with Sonny Gray |
When Scott Kazmir first saw Sonny Gray's name penciled in opposite his to start Tuesday's game between the Astros and Athletics, the trash talking between the two began

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow: We’ve Found Our Ace " CBS Houston
Houston Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow joined Patrick Creighton and Nate Griffin on The Triple Threat and discussed Sunday's win vs the Twins, Dallas Keuchel's ascension and the team's progress.

Monday Top 5: Could the Texas Rangers catch the Houston Astros? - SweetSpot - ESPN
Leading our nightly list of top performers: the surging Texas Rangers, who are only two games behind the first-place Houston Astros in the AL West.

Houston Astros: Jed Lowrie is now deep in the hearts of Astros' fans.
This is the second stop for Jed Lowrie with the Houston Astros, but was he really a fan favorite?

Astros' Affiliate Fresno Grizzlies are chasing a championship
Despite losing a few key pieces, the Houston Astros' Triple-A Affiliate Fresno Grizzlies are ready to chase a PCL Championship.

MLB News:

Braves end skid, worst since '88, in front of record-smallest Philly crowd
The Atlanta Braves ended their 12-game losing streak, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 on Monday night behind the hitting of Hector Olivera and the pitching of Williams Perez.

Rangers top Mariners, gain ground in West |
SEATTLE -- The Rangers gained a game on the first-place Astros with their eighth shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over the Mariners on Monday afternoon at Safeco Field.

Twins top KC to stay on pace in WC chase |
KANSAS CITY -- Minnesota left-hander Tommy Milone threw seven strong innings, giving up just six hits and two runs, and Eduardo Escobar had three hits and three RBIs as the Twins beat the Royals, 6-2, on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Yankees top Orioles, gain in AL East |
NEW YORK -- It seemed as if Michael Pineda and the Yankees were in for a long day on Monday after Pineda allowed four runs to the Orioles in the second inning of the series opener. But the Yanks' offense chipped away to rally behind Pineda and New York ultimately pulled out an 8-6 win.

Ken Rosenthal: Matt Harvey bears some blame for innings-count controversy, but he can go a long way toward fixing it with a strong performance vs. Nationals | FOX Sports
Scott Boras is getting what he wanted. The Mets have yet to determine an exact plan, but they seemingly are heeding the warnings of Matt Harvey’s doctors, backing off their plan to pitch him much beyond 180 innings.

For your listening pleasure

This one is from The Guest, a taut, 80s-style thriller with a pumping synth soundtrack. I'm not going to give any more plot details, because it's better to go in cold, but trust me it's fantastic (and on Netflix). Ever since the movie Drive came out in 2011 there has been a sort of 80s synthwave revival. It's a fine retro alternative to the current trend in EDM of trap music.
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