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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

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Astros' Jose Altuve has historic night spoiled by Cardinals

The schedule squeezed a two-game home series with the Cardinals between a pair of seven-game road trips. That meant Jose Altuve, as good as he's been all season, entered Tuesday with only two chances to notch career hit No. 1,000 in front of the Minute Maid Park crowd.

Astros' Luis Valbuena trending in the right direction

A good sign for Luis Valbuena trending toward starting a rehab assignment and coming off the disabled list is the third baseman will travel with the Astros on their next road trip.

Astros' Colby Rasmus begins recovery process

Colby Rasmus wasn't in the Astros clubhouse for a long time Tuesday, but it was long enough to share a few smiles with his teammates - some who wanted to see his right ear post surgery - and start the recovery process.

Astros' Lance McCullers not throwing for another week

When Lance McCullers went on the disabled list two weeks ago with a mild sprain in his right elbow, the plan was to have the right hander not throw for a couple of weeks and only start a throwing program if the right hander felt better.

Altuve fastest in Astros history to 1,000 career hits

Jose Altuve made history on Tuesday night against the Cardinals, notching his 1,000th career hit with a single in the bottom of the ninth in the Astros' 8-5 loss to St. Louis.

Justice: Altuve beat odds to get 1,000th hit at 26

It was the first pitch of the at-bat, a 93-mph fastball on the inside half of the plate, up around the shoulders.

Bregman gets first MLB homer under his belt

The dinger, a game-tying two-run shot over the right-field wall in the bottom of the first, came in Bregman's 20th career game as an Astro.

Around the MLB

Padres fans are buying into A.J. Preller's rebuild

Yesterday the daily dish presented the results of their MLB front office survey. The most surprising result of the survey is how excited Padres fans are about the team's new direction.

What if Chase Utley 'Chase Utley's' the Phillies?

Phillies fans are glad to see Chase, but what if the unthinkable happens?

The future is now: Braves call up Swanson

Aybar dealt to Tigers to make room for the prospect and Aviles

Can this bat save lives? Pennsylvania man hopes to protect MLB fans, players

For decades, the thwack of a ball smacking the sweet spot on a wooden bat left Kent "Hawk" Williamson with a satisfying feeling. Although the benefits were countless during his seasons playing Little League, college and semi-pro baseball, the bats sometimes produced grave, unintended consequences.