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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 22, 2016

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Astros News

Possible targets for Astros at the trade deadline - Houston Chronicle
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow already has said he expects to be able to make some sort of trade before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline, but the question remains: What kind of deal is out there?

Surging Astros preparing for a return to the postseason
The Astros trimmed their deficit in the AL West from 10 games to 3½ in three weeks, Jeff Luhnow is back looking for those key elements that may help them return to the postseason after ending a nine-year drought last October.

Angels-Astros preview (Jul 21, 2016) | FOX Sports
Despite their injury-ravaged pitching staff suffering another blow this week, the Los Angeles Angels continue to build on the momentum they established prior to the All-Star Game break when they won five times during a 10-game swing through Tampa, Boston and Baltimore.

Astros' relievers thriving in a tough world - Houston Chronicle
The clock hits 3 p.m., the clubhouse doors swing open and another long day begins at Minute Maid Park.

On deck: Angels at Astros - Houston Chronicle
On deck: Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels

Alex Bregman's call-up to Astros on hold - Houston Chronicle
With a fan base clamoring for Alex Bregman to receive his highly anticipated promotion to the major leagues, the Astros' latest roster decision serves as a plot twist in the story that is their season.

MLB News

Ken Griffey Jr. was a transcendent motherf**ker -
One of the most popular players in baseball history will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday. Let's take a moment to appreciate him.

President Obama thinks Royals’ players need better nicknames -
He’s not wrong.

David Ortiz hit a ball so hard it got stuck in the right field foul pole -
That doesn't seem possible.

The Mariners are not good (enough to be buyers) - Lookout Landing
The Mariners are just close enough to playoff contention for a success-starved franchise to do something they'll regret for years to come. Please don't do this.