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Astros Crawfish Boil: April 21, 2016

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R.I.P. Prince:

Prince dead at 57 - Vox
TMZ and the AP report the legendary musician has died.

Astros News

The Astros should not be worried about Ken Giles - Beyond the Box Score
In his first six appearances, Ken Giles has struggled, but the Astros shouldn't be worried.

What's behind the Houston Astros' sluggish start to the season?
The Astros have failed to ignite on the season so far, but despite their struggles, Cliff Corcoran says Houston shouldn't panic.

MLB commish Rob Manfred thanks Astros for Mexico City games - Houston Chronicle
NEW YORK - MLB commissioner Rob Manfred thanked the Astros for their role in baseball's return to Mexico City this spring.

Astros, Rangers conclude three-game series in Arlington |
Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin had to wait eight days, but he is finally making his first start at home this season. He is also pitching against the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner.

Cole Hamels' records 10th straight win |
ARLINGTON -- Rougned Odor hit a two-run home run in the second inning and the Rangers, behind the pitching of Cole Hamels and three relievers, were able to make the early lead stand up in a 2-1 victory over the Astros on Wednesday night. Hamels has now won 10 straight decisions, the longest winning streak of his career and third longest in Rangers history. Bobby Witt holds the record, with a 12-game winning streak in 1990, and Ferguson Jenkins won 11 in a row in 1978-79.

Missed opportunities plague Astros in loss to Rangers - Houston Chronicle
As good as Cole Hamels can be, the 2008 World Series MVP and three-time All-Star gave the Astros plenty of chances Wednesday night.

Lance McCullers throws bullpen session |
Astros right-hander Lance McCullers took another step toward re-starting his Minor League rehab assignment by throwing off the bullpen mound at Globe Life Park on Tuesday. McCullers has been slowed with pain in his right shoulder since the spring.

A.J. Hinch named to Pac-12 All-Century Team |
Astros manager A.J. Hinch has been named to the Pac-12 All-Century Baseball Team. The former Stanford catcher was one of three catchers named to the 30-man team by a 36-member panel. The team is made up of 20 position players and 10 pitchers, including former Astros and Southern California left-hander Randy Johnson.

Jonathan Mayo on the Top 10 Prospect duos |
Forget about Batman and Robin. It's time to talk about some real dynamic duos. Not long ago, Jim Callis took a look at the best Minor League teams, with the most stacked rosters, in baseball. But which teams have the best pairs of prospects in the Minors? Let's take a closer look.

MLB News

Bryce Harper is going to overshadow Mike Trout for the next decade -
If it hasn't happened already, it's coming. Baseball has its brightest, most marketable star, even if he might not be the best player in the game.

ESPN fires Curt Schilling for 'unacceptable' conduct after latest Facebook controversy -
Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling was fired from his announcing job by ESPN after sharing derogatory remarks toward a transgender person on Facebook.

A look at the AL East after 15(ish) games - Bluebird Banter
It's time to take a look around the division after two and a half weeks to see if the Jays should be worried about any of their rivals.

A's pitcher Kendall Graveman first starting pitcher to bat cleanup since Babe Ruth -
A hamstring injury to Danny Valencia led to the rarest of occurrences on Wednesday, with A's pitcher Kendall Graveman eventually batting cleanup, the first starting pitcher to do so since Babe Ruth in 1920.

Jonathan Papelbon thought a Nationals reporter called him 'Johnny Jonathan' and got so confused -
There's an explanation!

Soria hasn't been unlucky, he's been bad - Royals Review
Ball don't lie.