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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 12, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, August 12, 2016.

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Astros News

Astros blast Twins to cap 25-run doubleheader - Houston Chronicle
Carlos Correa launched his second home run of the day and third in as many games in the Astros' 10-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

Astros cut ties with Carlos Gomez and look to new options in center field - CBSSports.com
Gomez has struggled badly in 2016, and the Astros have had enough

Astros-Blue Jays preview (Aug 12, 2016) | FOX Sports
TORONTO -- Pitching was dominant when the Toronto Blue Jays and the Houston Astros played a four-game series at Minute Maid Park last week.

Astros to be without Ken Giles for weekend series in Toronto - Houston Chronicle
The Astros will be without their closer in Toronto.

The day Houston gymnast Simone Biles won gold, the Astros swung some golden bats | MLB.com
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As Astros' next great hope, Yulieski Gurriel gets accustomed to U.S. ball - Houston Chronicle
The proven bat the struggling Astros so desperately need?

Bandits play significant role in Astros development process | Midwest League Baseball | qctimes.com
There have been a few bumps in the road this season, but Jeff Luhnow believes the player development-paved path he mapped out to rebuild the Astros organization is leading Houston

MLB News

It’s Alex Rodriguez’s final day in MLB. Probably. - SBNation.com
Friday’s Say Hey, Baseball says goodbye to A-Rod, just in case he’s really gone for good.

The weirdest double play you've ever seen bounced off the pitcher AND the umpire - SBNation.com
Two deflections and one throw later, the Dayton Dragons managed to record a double play.

Tommy La Stella is AWOL, and it's a great time to remember how strange baseball is - SBNation.com
Tommy La Stella was hitting well, and now he's not going where the Cubs want him to. It's time for a reminder of just how different a ballplayer's life really is.

Prince Fielder has earned every penny the Rangers still have to pay him - MLB Daily Dish
Thanks to baseball’s guaranteed contracts, Fielder will earn $96 million for the next four years, even if he doesn’t play a single inning. And that’s a good thing.

An ode to Prince Fielder and his beautiful, violent swing - SBNation.com
Baseball has unexpectedly lost one of its greatest sluggers, but there's no way he'll be forgotten.