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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 4, 2016

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Astros News

Astros' offense  continues absence in loss to Blue Jays

Six runs in the last five games. With extra innings mixed in the Astros are averaging 1.08 runs per game over their last five. Hard to win games when asking your pitching staff to throw a shutout everyday.

Astros' McHugh allows season-high 3 homers in 3-1 loss

Collin McHugh pitched considerably better Wednesday night than his previous time out. Still, with the offense struggling the home runs McHugh surrendered were too much for the Astros to overcome.

Brad Peacock joins Astros, recalled from AAA

The Astros needed a long reliever in the bullpen, so Brad Peacock gets a chance to see action with the Astros for the first time since the second week of last season.

Astros place McCullers on DL because of mild elbow sprain

McCullers was pulled Tuesday night in a 2-1 loss to Toronto with two outs in the fifth with elbow discomfort.

Musgrove's brilliant debut rewarded with start

Just as he did on Tuesday nigh, with great success, rookie right-hander Joe Musgrove will replace the injured Lance McCullers, this time in the rotation.

Astros' Jose Altuve challenging Donaldson's MVP crown

The diminutive second baseman may be the biggest threat to unseat Toronto's Josh Donaldson as American League MVP.

Around the MLB

Baseball and softball (and 4 other new sports) will be in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Baseball/softball, skateboarding, surfing, karate and sports climbing are coming to the Olympics.

The strange career arc of Yasiel Puig, Triple-A baseball player

Yasiel Puig was demoted to the minor leagus on Tuesday, and he's likely played his final game for the Dodgers. How did we get here?

Mariners celebrated David Ortiz with a giant Salmon and a Flavor Flav clock

David Ortiz sure is getting a lot of gifts during his farewell tour. But this time, he's not getting something played out like a pair of boots that everyone gets during their last trip to a stadium (I'm looking at you Texas).