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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 23, 2016

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Rookie Teoscar Hernandez gives Astros boost past Pirates

Starling Marte barely moved, the Pirates' All-Star left fielder merely turning and shuffling a few steps toward the wall. As soon as bat met ball on the fifth pitch of Teoscar Hernandez's second at-bat Monday night, there was no doubt as to its destination.

Astros' Preston Tucker nears rehab assignment

Preston Tucker is nearing the start of a rehab assignment with an Astros' minor league affiliate and could rejoin the team around the first of September, general manager Jeff Lunhow said on Monday.

Surgery has not been ruled out for Astros' Luis Valbuena

Luis Valbuena is scheduled to visit a doctor Wednesday in Houston to determine the next step following his setback in his rehab from a right hamstring strain.

Astros rookie Hernandez playing like veteran

Two-run homer in 5th paves way for series opening win vs. Pirates.

Fister, Hernandez lead Astros to 3-1 win over Pirates

The Houston Astros got a glimpse of their future while veteran Doug Fister helped keep them in the pennant race in the present.

Rookies lead Astros over Pirates as contenders move in different directions

With a fifth-inning home run, Astros rookie Teoscar Hernandez gave starting pitcher Doug Fister all the run support he needed against the Pirates to earn his 12th win of the season Monday.

Around the MLB

The biggest stories of the 2016 baseball season (if the first half didn't exist)

If we had to form our baseball opinions just on what's happened in the second half of the season, these are what the hot, dumb takes would look like.

Little League World Series 2016: Bracket, schedule, teams and scores

16 teams advanced to the double-elimination tournament in Williamsport, Penn.

Nationals: Stephen Starsburg placed on 15-Day DL with right elbow soreness

The Washitngton Nationals announced yesterday afternoon that Stephen Strasburg was placed on the 15-Day DL with right elbow soreness. A.J. Cole was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to start last nights opener against the Baltimore Orioles.

Red Sox rookie robs home run by nearly diving over the fence

Andrew Benitendi is only a rookie, but this is definitely the best catch of his young career.