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Astros Crawfish Boil: April 12, 2016

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Houston Astros rookie Tyler White outhitting Rockies' Trevor Story - SweetSpot- ESPN
While Trevor Story has been getting the headlines, Houston Astros rookie Tyler White has been a more effective hitter during the first week.

Royals fall to McHugh and the Astros in an 8-2 drudge match - Royals Review
The Royals' bats never quite solved Collin McHugh while Chris Young never quite solved the Astros' bats.

Royals-Astros Preview (Apr 12, 2016) | FOX Sports
While the Houston Astros used the opener of this four-game set to break out of their woes with runners in scoring position, the Kansas City Royals saw their problems continue in those situations.

Parking prices are anything but a home run for Astros fans - Houston Chronicle
Fans going to the Astros' home opener Monday night grumbled about paying $60 even before they got into the game, with the cost of prime parking pushed up by the construction surrounding Minute Maid Park. The higher prices are the result of both a growing downtown district, with buildings or construction replacing old surface lots, and a successful team which opened against the Kansas City Royals. The Astros control about 3,000 parking spaces in their own lots east of the stadium, generally sold out for big games and limited toticket holders. Some longtime fans who returned for their usual opening day ritual, and to their usual parking lots, were surprised by the price hikes downtown.

30 Teams In 30 Days: Can The Houston Astros Soar Again? - Forbes
Can the Houston Astros continue to soar?

Evan Gattis activated by Houston Astros from DL
Evan Gattis is ready to return after missing the Astros' first seven games of the regular season while recovering from sports hernia surgery.

Astros owner sees wild-card win as just the start for team - Houston Chronicle
The lights at night at Minute Maid Park are bigger and brighter, and so are owner Jim Crane's expectations for the 2016 Astros.

Erik Kratz may have been too excited for the Astros home opener | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Astros backup catcher Erik Kratz may have been too pumped during pregame player announcements.

MLB News

Where Trevor Story fits among the fast starts in baseball history - SBNation.com
Everyone is talking about Trevor Story. Is there a way to compare him to some of the other players who have gotten off to quick starts?

Baseball Santa Claus catches 5 foul balls and hands them out to little Tigers fans - SBNation.com
BASEBALL SANTA!

David Ortiz could barely hold back tears as his daughter sang the national anthem - SBNation.com
In Ortiz's final home opener, the Red Sox's tribute to him was perfect.