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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 30, 2016

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Astros News

Astros rookie Joe Musgrove redeems himself in win over A's

Musgrove typically doesn't walk batters, let alone three in the same start. He also doesn't hit them, especially not twice on similar pitches. Yet somehow, Musgrove ensured those were his only blemishes in a bounce-back start on the way to a 6-0 Astros' win on Monday night.

Astros' Musgrove, relievers combine to 4-hit A's in 6-0 win

Joe Musgrove bounced back after two horrible outings, and the Houston Astros' offense did the rest Monday night.

Astros' McCullers yet to advance to pitching off mound in rehab

So far, in terms of pitching, McCullers hasn't advanced beyond playing catch. It remains unclear when the 22-year-old righthander will progress to throwing off a mound, a test of his elbow that will provide a better indicator of whether he can rejoin the rotation before the regular season ends Oct. 2.

Astros' Colby Rasmus could return as early as Tuesday

The Astros brass was set to meet after batting practice Monday afternoon to determine whether Rasmus was ready to be activated as early as Tuesday or required a minor league rehab assignment.

Astros blank A's, 2 back of 2nd AL Wild Card

Jose Altuve's 22nd homer of the season in the sixth inning and a two-run, bases-loaded single by Alex Bregman in the seventh helped propel the Astros to their eighth win in 10 games, 6-0, over the A's in Monday night's series opener at Minute Maid Park.

Gregerson thrown into fire, quickly puts it out

A ground ball turned into an inning-ending double play, and just like that, Luke Gregerson was back.

Around the MLB

The AL East is reminding us that preseason predictions are always awful

The AL East standings aren't that far from what we were expecting. But how the teams all got there is another story.

Should the Yankees regret selling at the trade deadline after a successful August?

It wouldn't be surprising if some Yankees fans had seller's remorse after the team had a torrid August and leapt back into the playoff hunt, but maybe they shouldn't.

Ned Yost might actually be Manager of the Year

The whole league is getting Yosted.

AL Wild Card contender tighten race

Tigers win dramatic game; Royals, Astros also keep pressure on leaders

The Women Succeeding in a Men's Professional Baseball Leauge

Few baseball fans have heard of the tiny Pacific Association, an independent league founded in 2013. But in 2015, during the Stompers' sophomore season, the team fielded pro baseball's first openly gay player, Sean Conroy. Then, in the off-season, the filmaker Fracis Ford Coppola approached the team to talk about making his Virginia Dare Winery, based in nearby Geyserbille, one of its sponsors. That proposal came with another: he wanted the team to recruit female players.