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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Saturday, July 23, 2016.

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Astros News

Astros use Lance McCullers' gem to nip Angels - Houston Chronicle
Mike Trout, the best baseball player on the planet, has cut down his strikeouts and increased his walks during yet another MVP-caliber campaign. In the season's first 95 games, the Los Angeles Angels superstar never struck out more than twice.

Astros' top pick Forrest Whitley makes his pro debut - Houston Chronicle
Righthander Forrest Whitley, the Astros' first-round pick in last month's draft, made his professional debut on Friday, pitching an inning for the organization's Gulf Coast League affiliate.

Astros report: Without work visa, Cuban bides time in Kissimmee - Houston Chronicle
Although the Astros still await approval on a work visa for Yulieski Gurriel, the newly signed Cuban infielder has started working out at the team's spring training facility in Kissimmee, Fla.

Greeneville Astros edge Bristol Pirates, 2-1 | 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.

Astros' top pick Forrest Whitley makes his pro debut - San Antonio Express-News
Righthander Forrest Whitley, the Astros' first-round pick in last month's draft, made his professional debut on Friday, pitching an inning for the organization's Gulf Coast League affiliate.

Shoemaker has good start but Angels fall to Astros 2-1
Matt Shoemaker had another good start for the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

MLB News

Mike Piazza was terrifying and the Dodgers should have kept him - SBNation.com
The Dodgers don't have a legacy of letting their franchise players get away, which is why Mike Piazza's Hall of Fame plaque hurts so much.

A timeline of the best highlights from Ken Griffey Jr.'s remarkable career - SBNation.com
The best moments from the remarkable career of Ken Griffey Jr., who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday in Cooperstown.

MLB trade rumors: Orioles discussing Melvin Upton-Ubaldo Jimenez swap with Padres - Camden Chat
Multiple reports have said the Orioles are interested in Padres outfielder Melvin Upton - and an Upton for Ubaldo Jimenez trade has even been discussed.

Ichiro is 4 MLB hits away from 3,000 - SBNation.com
Friday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes Ichiro’s chase for 3,000, as well as Mike Piazza’s and Ken Griffey’s Hall of Fame inductions.

Mike Piazza Hall of Fame call bittersweet from Dodgers standpoint - True Blue LA
Former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, but he will wear a Mets cap on his plaque in Cooperstown, leaving Dodgers fans to lament the team trading him away in 1998.