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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 4, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, July 4, 2016.

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Astros News

Astros manager A.J. Hinch ejected in 7th inning vs. White Sox - Houston Chronicle
Astros manager A.J. Hinch was ejected with two outs in the seventh inning after both teams received a warning following a Jose Quintana pitch behind Evan Gattis.

Sunday's recap: White Sox 4, Astros 1 - Chicago Tribune
The White Sox will try to win their fourth straight series when they take on the Astros on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

Mariners-Astros preview (Jul 3, 2016) | FOX Sports
HOUSTON -- Their winning streak at Minute Maid Park stalled by two left-handed starters, the Houston Astros will encounter a third in succession when the Seattle Mariners visit Monday to open a key three-game series.

Trade Rumors: Hill, A's Royals, Jays, Astros, Shoemaker - MLB Trade Rumors
In his first start since May 29, Athletics left-hander Rich Hill returned from a groin injury to throw six innings of two-run, four-hit ball and rack up six strikeouts against two walks Saturday.

Freudis Nova among 12 international players signed by Astros - Houston Chronicle

On the first day of the new international signing period, the Astros substantiated the expected by blowing past their $2.197 million allotment.

Astros' Lance McCullers to make return against Mariners - Houston Chronicle

The Astros rotation for their series against the Mariners, which begins Monday, will be Lance McCullers, Dallas Keuchel and Mike Fiers, manager A.J. Hinch announced Saturday.

Astros rookie A.J. Reed has the ability to shrug off adversity and excel - Houston Chronicle

A.J. Reed's talent brought him to the Astros. The way he handles situations he doesn't want to be in might keep him here.

MLB News

The dumb teams that are going to ruin the lame trade deadline because of the stupid Wild Card -
These three teams are just a couple games away from a wild card spot, and they’re going to steal rumors away from us.

The Braves and Marlins will make history at Fort Bragg Sunday -
Sunday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes sports history for the Marlins and Braves, Mike Trout’s sky proposal and Vin Scully’s first thoughts on Sandy Koufax.

Baseball's international signing period is officially underway -
Saturday’s Say Hey, Baseball is focusing on the international free agent market. Also, Cleveland basically won a doubleheader on Friday.

The top 17 most memorable moments from the 2016 NCAA Baseball Tournament -
The 2016 tournament was breathtaking and wild. Here are some of the most memorable moments from the last month.

Eduardo Nunez lost his soul whiffing on a 60-mph knuckleball from a position player -
Absolutely soul crushing.

Coastal Carolina is no Cinderella: How a College World Series champ was built in the Big South -
Coastal Carolina's College World Series title wasn't some fluke run by a desperate underdog. It was the result of a meticulous construction project 21 years in the making.