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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 3, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, August 3, 2016.

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Astros News

Lance McCullers exits  early as Astros fall to Blue Jays

For baseball's healthiest team this season, the bumps and bruises are now coming at an alarming rate.

McCullers leaves with right elbow discomfort in Astros' loss

Lance McCullers left with right elbow discomfort, and the Houston Astros' offense continued to sputter.

Dickey delivers much-needed lift for Blue Jays bullpen

Following back-to-back extra-inning games, the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen was in need of a break. R.A. Dickey stepped into that void and provided seven strong innings to give most of the bullpen a night off.

A 'smarter' Ken Giles finally earns Astros' closer's job

This is why the Astros made Ken Giles the centerpiece to a seven-player trade in the offseason.

James Hoyt gets promotion with Doug Fister on paternity leave

James Hoyt joined the Astros on Tuesday and will officially be selected to the roster Wednesday. As the closer for class AAA Fresno, the 29-year-old right hander had a 1.62 ERA  with 84 strikeouts and 28 saves in 50 innings pitched.

Around the MLB

A couple of top prospects got  the call yesterday, as Andrew Benintendi joined the Red Sox in Seattle and Orlando Arcia joined the Brewers in San Diego (bumping former Astro Jonathan Villar to third base).

Yasiel Puig demoted from the Los Angeles Dodgers to t he minor leagues

The hyper-athletic Cuban was supposed to be the future of the Dodgers' outfield. Now he's no longer a member of its active roster.

9-year-old Zion Harvey throws marvelous 1st pitch a year after bilateral hand transplants

Prior to every MLB game, someone throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Most of these pitches are little more than a distraction before the real game starts, but then there are times like Tuesday when 9-year-old Zion Harvey threw out a first pitch that made the rest of the game inconsequential.