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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 21, 2016

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, July 21, 2016.

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Astros News

Fister, Altuve, spark Astros in 7-0 win over A's (Jul 20, 2016) | FOX Sports
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Doug Fister and catcher Jason Castro came up with a game plan before beating the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, and it wasn't complicated.

Astros top prospect Alex Bregman playing left field in AAA Wednesday - Houston Chronicle
Top Astros prospect Alex Bregman made his first professional start in left field on Wednesday night for Class AAA Fresno, the latest sign his promotion to the major leagues nears.

Astros' Evan Gattis suffers minor injury against Oakland - Houston Chronicle
Wednesday didn't go without a scary moment as Evan Gattis was hit on the back of his right hand while hitting in the fifth inning.

Astros AJ Hinch made lineup work despite missing pieces - Houston Chronicle
Astros manager A.J. Hinch described part of Wednesday's line like a puzzle.

Houston Astros' Doug Fister shuts down Oakland Athletics - UPI.com
After losing back-to-back games, the Houston Astros needed to win Wednesday to avoid a series sweep against the Oakland A's and to end their six-game road trip on a good note

MLB News

Back surgery a 'possibility' for Clayton Kershaw - SBNation.com
Thursday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes potentially worrisome Kershaw news, a Jonathan Lucroy trade rumor, and a lovely Ichiro Suzuki story.

Here’s why the Cubs might trade Kyle Schwarber for Andrew Miller - SBNation.com
And why it's daffy for the Cubs to trade Kyle Schwarber for Andrew Miller.

Kelsie Whitmore gets 1st professional hit for Independent League team - SBNation.com
Yassssss

Trade Rumors: Brewers, Indians “In Talks” for Jonathan Lucroy - Brew Crew Ball
They recently lost their starting catcher to injury.

Every important 2016 MLB trade rumor in one place - SBNation.com
Follow the mayhem of the deadline right here.