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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

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Astros News

Prospect Alex Bregman impressing Astros | MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- If this was about sending a message to the Astros, Alex Bregman could not have done more. Houston's No. 1 prospect (No. 18 overall) went 3-for-5 and was a home run shy of the cycle after collecting a triple, double and single in his first three at-bats for the U.S. in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, an 11-3 victory for the World.

Novelty no more: Astros' Jose Altuve in the conversation as one of baseball's best
Altuve is on pace for a third consecutive 200-hit season, leading the majors at the All-Star break with 119 in 89 games.Houston Astros didn’t panic, Rangers aren’t panicking either | The Star-Telegram

The Astros trailed the first-place Rangers by 11 games in mid-June but have closed to within 5 1/2 to open the second half.

Astros’ Sierra named Appalachian League Player of the Week | WJHL
WJHL-TV is the source for breaking local news, weather, and sports in the Tri-Cities. We ask the questions when you can't with our investigative and community watchdog reports.

The Astros Set Up Pretty Good At The Break " CBS Houston
"The togetherness that's going on with our team is something that could carry us for the rest of the season if we continue to play good baseball," A.J. Hinch said.

Authentication manager Mike Acosta makes sure Astros fans get the real deal - Houston Chronicle
Like the plain old hot dog at concession stands, especially on "Dollar Dog Wednesdays," the most popular souvenirs at Minute Maid Park's souvenir store are the Astros' almost reasonably priced T-shirts.

MLB News

2016 Home Run Derby: Giancarlo Stanton, Todd Frazier steal All-Star limelight - SBNation.com
The two Derby finalists were the only two contestants who were not named All-Stars this year.

Home Run Derby 2016 results: Giancarlo Stanton crushes the competition - SBNation.com
Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit 20 home runs in the final round to take the championship, defeating defending champion Todd Frazier, who hit 13.

The celebrity softball game was the best sports ending of 2016 - SBNation.com
Instant classic.

MLB All-Star Game 2016: Time, TV schedule, lineups and more - SBNation.com
The American League has captured the last three Midsummer Classics, and 15 of the last 20.