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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 31, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Sunday, July 31, 2016.

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Astros News

Hustling Tigers win fifth straight with 3-2 walk-off over Astros
7:10 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit, WXYT-FM (97.1): Verlander takes the mound as Tigers go for fifth straight win

Astros squander late rally, allow walk-off groundball to Tigers - Houston Chronicle
As Jose Iglesias hit a chopper that pulled Jason Castro off first base, Will Harris hustled off the pitcher's mound and toward the bag. The Astros closer received the throw but by the time his right foot found its destination, Iglesias had already beat him.

Trade Deadline Daily: Houston Astros interested in Edinson Volquez? - MLB Rumor Central- ESPN
The Houston Astros are on the hunt for starting pitching, but not just any arm will do.

Astros report: Yulieski Gurriel hitless in Gulf Coast League debut - Houston Chronicle
With his work visa approved, Yulieski Gurriel made his organizational and stateside professional debut Saturday afternoon with the Astros' Gulf Coast League affiliate in Kissimmee, Fla.

De La Cruz homers Astros past Bluefield | Sports |
BLUEFIELD — Bryan De La Cruz’s three-run home run highlighted a six-run eight inning to lead the Greeneville Astros to an 8-5 win over the Bluefield Blue Jays in front

MLB News

Brewers reportedly agree to trade Jonathan Lucroy to Indians -
Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, one of the most attractive offensive targets on the block with the non-waiver trade deadline approaching, was traded to the Cleveland Indians, per reports.

Braves acquire Matt Kemp from Padres in bad contract swap -
The San Diego Padres continued their busy trading season, sending outfielder Matt Kemp and cash to the Atlanta Braves for Hector Olivera.

Wade Davis headed back to Kansas City for an MRI - Royals Review
The closer is likely off the trade market.

Washington Nationals land closer Mark Melancon without giving up the farm - Federal Baseball
The Nats acquired the closer they needed — Mark Melancon. What’s remarkable here isn’t what Mike Rizzo had to give up to get one of the most reliable closers in the game, but what he didn’t. As in, any of the Nats top 25 prospects.