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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 19, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, August 19, 2016.

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Astros News

Orioles homer six times against Astros |
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles used six home runs -- including two each from J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis -- on Thursday to blast their way back into a second-place tie with the Red Sox in the American League East. Baltimore roughed up red-hot Astros rookie Joe Musgrove, tagging him for eight runs in a 13-5 series-opening win at Camden Yards.

Astros lit up by Orioles in series opener - Houston Chronicle
Coming down to earth was bound to happen to Joe Musgrove, who set an Astros record the first time he took the mound in the big leagues and looked sharp in two starts that followed.

Orioles Hit 6 HRs in 13-5 Rout of Slumping Astros - The New York Times
The Baltimore Orioles waited a long time to put on a power-display like this one, and they relished every hit.

Houston Astros executive says memorandum with Fayetteville 'exciting, step in the right direction' | Local News |
The president of the Houston Astros says Fayetteville is an appealing market because of the presence of Fort Bragg, the desire to move a minor league team to the East

Astros aim for Luis Valbuena's rehab assignment during road trip - Houston Chronicle
The Astros are hoping Luis Valbuena will be able to go out on a rehab assignment during this road trip, as the infielder continues to work himself back from straining his right hamstring running out a groundball July 27.

Jeff Luhnow, Houston Astros g.m., doesn't like no-trade clauses - Lone Star Ball
In a new column by Bob Nightengale, Jeff Luhnow complains that no-trade clauses have hurt the Astros and helped the Rangers

MLB News

Little League World Series 2016: Times, TV schedule, online streaming for Thursday -
Four opening round games from Williamsport, Pennsylvania on Thursday mark the official start of the 2016 Little League World Series, to be televised by ESPN and available for streaming online as well.

Examining Yadier Molina’s resurgent second half - Viva El Birdos
After having the All-Star break off for the first time since the 2008 season, St. Louis Cardinals seven-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has slashed .370/.411/.540 over 107 plate appearances,...

The alternate histories of Alex Rodriguez on the Dodgers, Mets, Braves, and more -
There were six other teams rumored to be interested in signing Alex Rodriguez after the 2000 season. What would have happened if any of them were successful?