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Astros Crawfish Boil: April 18, 2016

Astros news and notes of the day.

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Astros News

Jose Altuve hits opposite-field home run |
HOUSTON -- We've seen Astros second baseman Jose Altuve connect for some long home runs this year -- he hit a home run that landed a projected 419 feet away from home plate on the train tracks in left field against the Royals last week, according to Statcast™ -- and now he's showing off his opposite-field power. The three-time All-Star second baseman went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Tigers at Minute Maid Park, including a leadoff home run in the first inning that marked the first of his career to straightaway right field. The homer, off Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, went 351 feet.

Carlos Correa visited by cancer patient, fan |
HOUSTON -- Astros star shortstop Carlos Correa was out of the starting lineup Sunday for the first time this season, but that didn't stop him from taking some time prior to the Astros' 5-4 win over the Tigers to meet with fan Neil Kerrigan, an 18-year-old cancer patient Correa befriended last year. Kerrigan, who is battling a brain tumor, surprised Correa by coming to the game with his family. Correa spent a few minutes talking with Kerrigan, a student at Houston Christian High School, about his upcoming prom and trip to Ireland before giving him the cap he was wearing.

Detroit Tigers' J.D. Martinez's rises to stardom after leaving Astros - Detroit Tigers- ESPN
Instead of letting bitterness linger over being released by Houston two years ago, J.D. Martinez did something better -- become an All-Star in Detroit.

WATCH: Ian Kinsler fakes out the Astros with a sneaky drop-ball trick -
Heady, heady move, Mr. Kinsler.

5 reasons the Astros will win the AL West - Houston Chronicle
Fresh off their first series win of the season, the 5-8 Astros travel to Arlington for the year's first meetings with the 7-6 Texas Rangers in a three-game series that begins Tuesday night.

Astros, Ken Giles' slow starts lead to second-guessing blockbuster trade -
Because it's never too early to engage in hindsight.

Astros report: No one exempt from getting a day off - Houston Chronicle
Astros manager A.J. Hinch made it very clear. Everybody will get a day off.

Rangers alter pitching rotation for Astros series - Houston Chronicle
The postponement of Sunday's game between the Rangers and Orioles because of rain in Arlington alters Texas' starting pitching schedule for this week's series against the Astros.

Astros prospect Alex Bregman adjusting well to Texas League - Houston Chronicle
he Astros' decision to send Alex Bregman to Class AA to begin the season could have been viewed as aggressive given the prospect finished 2015 with only 37 games of experience in advanced Class A.

MLB News

Adrian Beltre is probably going to retire as a Ranger -
Sunday's Say Hey includes Adrian Beltre's new contract making it even more likely he'll end his career in Texas, Bryce Harper changing MLB one rule at a time, and an important investigation into a mascot's birthday.

Bryce Harper is actually making baseball fun again -
Yay Bryce!

Pirates throwback uniforms inspired the broadcast team to use 1970s outfits and graphics -
Maybe the team should always wear those throwbacks.

This is the story of Madison Bumgarner killing a snake and saving a rabbit's life -
Vin Scully is the greatest story teller on earth.

Dodgers' Kiké Hernandez gave his batting gloves to a fan in exchange for shoes -
It's a pretty fair trade.