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Astros Crawfish Boil: May 4, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

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Astros News

Astros' Ken Giles and Michael Feliz impress with their aggressiveness - Houston Chronicle
It’s only one inning and one outing, but Astros manager A.J. Hinch couldn’t help but be pleased with how reliever Ken Giles pitched Monday.

Astros OF George Springer crushed a ball so far it left the stadium | FOX Sports
It's safe to say he got all of this one.

Astros' Lance McCullers nears return, Max Stassi joins Class AAA - Houston Chronicle
All that’s separating Lance McCullers now from starting a rehab assignment with Class AAA Fresno this weekend is getting through the next few days.

MLB News

Stop underrating Jose Quintana - SBNation.com
Wednesday's Say Hey, Baseball includes the quiet greatness of Jose Quintana, Trayce Thompson's magic homer, and the best offseasons in baseball.

The best offseasons in baseball (based on a month's worth of data) - SBNation.com
It's too early to pick winners and losers of the offseason, so that's exactly what we're doing.

Klay Thompson's brother Trayce hit a home run that literally never came down - SBNation.com
It lives in the sky now.

Nationals' Jonathan Papelbon on blown save vs Royals: "I didn't execute some pitches. That's what it boils down to. Execution." - Federal Baseball
Jonathan Papelbon's second blown save of the season kept the Nationals from winning their fifth straight game on the road. A 6-4 lead in the ninth turned into a 7-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Papelbon and Dusty Baker talked about the loss.

How real is Jackie Bradley's offense? - Over the Monster
Jackie Bradley is hitting well to start the year, but is it for real?