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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 5, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, August 5, 2016.

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Astros News

Meet Houston's newest sensation, Astros Girl |
She is known as the girl who broke the internet on Tuesday night, or simply as "Astros Girl."

Rangers-Astros preview (Aug 5, 2016) | FOX Sports
HOUSTON -- Mired in a prolonged offensive slump, the Houston Astros enter a decisive series against a recent nemesis at precisely the wrong time.

Astros report: Colby Rasmus struggles to get over hump with slump - Houston Chronicle
Colby Rasmus' struggles have extended well beyond the point of being defined as simply a dry spell.

Astros' James Hoyt takes odd path to get to majors at 29 - Houston Chronicle
Now that he's an Astro, people might stop asking James Hoyt if he's a Mormon or ex-convict.

Bats remain cold, Happ stays hot in Blue Jays win over Astros | MLB | Blue Jays
The Blue Jay bats have gone about as cold as you could imagine, racking up historic strikeout totals, an anemic batting average and a paltry 10 runs over four games.

MLB News

All of the wild card races are suddenly very crowded -
Friday’s Say Hey, Baseball recognizes that half the league is still within reasonable distance of a playoff spot, and also that maybe it’s time for the A’s to sell the franchise to someone else.

Baseball is coming back for the 2020 Olympics, but is there a way to make anyone care? -
Is there a realistic way to make baseball fans care about an Olympic team in the middle of the MLB season?

Will stint on DL be a "blessing in disguise" for Nationals’ starter Joe Ross...? - Federal Baseball
Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez have filled in admirably for the Washington Nationals as Joe Ross has recovered and rehabbed from right shoulder inflammation.

'Yasiel is at a crossroads here' - Andrew Friedman on Puig's demotion and future with Dodgers - True Blue LA
The Dodgers president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, opened up about the reasons behind Yasiel Puig's demotion and what it means for the team and Puig moving forward.

The strange career arc of Yasiel Puig, Triple-A baseball player -
Yasiel Puig was demoted to the minor leagues on Tuesday, and he's likely played his final game for the Dodgers. How did we get here?