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Astros Crawfish Boil: April 29, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, April 29, 2016.

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Astros News

Astros-Athletics Preview (Apr 28, 2016) | FOX Sports
The Houston Astros have been waiting for things to fall in place behind leadoff hitter Jose Altuve. If Wednesday's rare victory was any indication, they might be in line for their first winning streak.

Jose Altuve powers Astros over Mariners - Houston Chronicle
SEATTLE --- Even as the Astros have mightily underachieved, leaking oil in their rotation and continually giving away outs on the basepaths, their leadoff hitter has produced at the level that sent him to three All-Star Games in the last four years.

On deck: Astros at Athletics - Houston Chronicle
Sean Manaea will make his major-league debut against the Astros on Friday vs. Mike Fiers.

Houston Astros looking to bring Class A-Advanced club to Fayetteville | Local News |
The minor league team that the Houston Astros are considering bringing to Fayetteville would be a Class A-Advanced club, a city official says.

A's Jed Lowrie looking forward to facing his old Astros pals
A's second baseman Jed Lowrie has always liked facing his former teams and doing well and would like to do it this weekend against the Astros.

Astros report: Carlos Gomez day-to-day after taking pitch on hand - Houston Chronicle
SEATTLE - Center fielder Carlos Gomez exited Wednesday night's 7-4 Astros victory over the Mariners because of a right-hand contusion sustained when he was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning.

MLB News

Dee Gordon is dirty, and everything is a lie -
A user's guide on how to demonize and empathize with PED users at the same time.

MLB players could push for harsher PED suspensions -
Friday's Say Hey, Baseball mostly focuses on Dee Gordon and PED suspensions. And also yoga poses.

Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for positive PED test -
Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was suspended 80 games by MLB for testing positive for a pair of performance-enhancing drugs, in violation of the league's joint drug policy.

Only morons think every surprising baseball player is taking steroids -
Expecting some of the surprising players to have a dark secret? Normal. Assuming that all of them must be dirty? Ignorant.