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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 16, 2016

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

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Astros

Altuve approaching 1,000 hits at historic pace

The Astros return to Houston for the shortest homestand of the season, a brief two-game set against a former National League division rival beginning on Tuesday. That gives Jose Altuve exactly two days to give the home crowd what it wants -- to witness the star second baseman reach 1,000 hits for this career, in (near) record time.

Astros promoting Cuban INF Gurriel to Triple-A

The Astros are sending Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel to Triple-A Fresno, general manager Jeff Lunhow said Monday.

Astors option Jandel Gustave back to Class AAA

Gustave was optioned back to Class AAA Fresno to make room for closer Ken Giles' return from the paternity leave list on Monday.

On deck: Astros vs. Cardinals

The Astros returned home for an off day and now prepare to take on their former NL Central rivals in the St. Louis Cardinals in a two game set.

MLB News

Where are baseball's surprise contenders this season?

Unless you didn't see the Orioles or Marlins coming at all, the postseason chase has been a little too predictable.

We surveyed 3,343 baseball fans about their team's GM. Here's what they said:

Last week, the MLB Daily Dish asked baseball fans to tell them about general managers and front office teams around the league. Here are the results of their survey.

Publicist: A-Rod will not play again in 2016

Alex Rodriguez's publicist reiterated on Monday that the slugger's 2016 season is over, despite rumors circulating of teams' interest.

Intriguing AL East destined for dramatic finish

This might be one of those seasons when the American League East is decided in the final days of the regular season, if not the final hours, and wouldn't this be the kind of chaos we love?