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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 26, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, August 26, 2016.

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Astros News

Astros’ September call-ups likely to be few - Houston Chronicle
A week from Thursday, major league rosters expand for the season’s final 32 days.

Astros analysis: Third baseman of the future has to be Alex Bregman - Houston Chronicle
Not only has the 22-year-old rookie proved a force in the two-hole after turning around his brutal start, but the natural shortstop has played better defense at third base in 27 starts than anyone could have realistically anticipated. [...] for Friday night's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays, it's expected Bregman again will play third and Gurriel will DH in his Minute Maid Park debut.

Rays-Astros preview
Seemingly on the brink of collapse following a pair of interleague home losses to the St. Louis Cardinals last week, the Houston Astros rebounded with a successful swing through Baltimore and Pittsburgh and set the table to remain in the thick of the American League wild card chase with a six-game homestand

Ex-Astro Carlos Gomez cranks three-run homer in Rangers debut - Houston Chronicle
Fifteen days after the Astros designated him for assignment, Carlos Gomez donned the uniform of their instrastate rival and launched a three-run homer in his first at-bat in Rangers garb.

Wishes Come True: Teen with Hodgkins Lymphoma throws first pitch at Astros game
This month we're introducing you to 17-year-old Donald Bulay. Donald's a baseball fan and wanted to take the field with his favorite major league team. Here's what his "wish granters" had in store!

The Astros are about to need all that infield depth with Valbuena out injured -
That's because there's news on Luis Valbuena's hamstring injury

MLB News

The 2017 World Baseball Classic pools were announced -
Friday’s Say Hey, Baseball wants to say USA! USA! USA! Or, like, wherever you’re from, too.

Matt Moore just misses no-hitter as Giants salvage game with Dodgers -
Matt Moore came within one out of a no-hitter on Thursday night in a 4-0 win, helping the Giants salvage a game against the Dodgers to pull within two games in the National League West.

Yoenis Cespedes isn’t going to give away millions of dollars to make you happy -
It's a nice thought. Mets fans would understandably be happy with that decision. It just doesn't make a lot of sense.

Little League World Series scores and bracket 2016: Tennessee advances to play for U.S. championship -
With a win on Thursday at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Tennessee advanced to play for the United States championship game at the Little League World Series.

Jason Kipnis learned from Jose Bautista's mistake fighting Rougned Odor -
He learned from Bautista's mistake.