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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 7, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, July 7, 2016.

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Astros News

Astros withstand late rally to sweep Mariners - Houston Chronicle
The starting pitching market will continue to develop in the three and a half weeks leading to the Aug. 1 trade deadline. As rival front offices decide whether to buy or sell, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow must weigh whether it's worth parting with more top prospects for an upgrade to his rotation.

Mariners hit four homers but Astros win 9-8 to complete sweep
Wade LeBlanc allowed five runs in 3 1/3 innings, Edwin Diaz allowed a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and the Mariners lost to Houston 9-8 despite hitting four homers of their own.

Astros' run, Rangers' slide begins to put West into play - Houston Chronicle
Can the best team in baseball* eclipse the Rangers?

Astros' George Springer not interested in Home Run Derby - Houston Chronicle
George Springer contends he's "just not a Home Run Derby guy."

2016 MLB Trade Deadline Preview: Houston Astros - MLB Daily Dish
A look at what the Astros are expected to do before the trade deadline.

A look at the all-time Houston Astros' All-Stars - Houston Chronicle
Will Harris' invitation to the All-Star Game makes him the 58th Houston professional baseball player to earn the honor - two with the Colt 45s and the rest with the Astros.

Astros sign two young pitchers from Mexico - Houston Chronicle
Four days after signing the first 12 members of their 2016-17 international class, the Astros added a pair of young pitchers from Mexico to their system.

MLB News

Categorizing the players who are the only All-Star representative for their team -
Every team gets an All-Star. Hooray! But when it comes to teams with just one All-Star, not all selections are created equally.

Royals vs. Mets 2016 odds: Kansas City looks to stay hot against New York in short road series -
The road-underdog Kansas City Royals will pay a visit to the New York Mets for a two-game series starting this Tuesday night.

TCU congratulated Coastal Carolina on winning the College World Series with a full-page ad -
Pure class.

Diamondbacks have a real lamb stumping for Jake Lamb in the MLB All-Star Final Vote -
This is Lambtastic.