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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 8, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, August 8, 2016.

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Astros News

Astros fall to Rangers again in extra innings - Houston Chronicle
As good as Tuesday felt for Joe Musgrove, who struck out eight in his Major League debut, Sunday afternoon may have been just as good for the 23-year-old rookie.

Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros preview | FOX Sports
Third baseman Trevor Plouffe returns after missing the last month with a fractured rib

Joe Musgrove impressive in the first start for Astros - Houston Chronicle
Earning a start for the Astros after Lance McCullers went on the disabled list, the 6-foot-5 Musgrove went pitch for pitch with Yu Darvish for seven innings Sunday. In his major league debut on Tuesday, Musgrove had thrown 4 1/3 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts in relief of McCullers, who would be put on the 15-day disabled list with a mild elbow sprain. In the Astros' 5-3, 11-inning loss to the Rangers on Sunday, Musgrove allowed a run, striking out six to go with no walks and five hits. Musgrove retired the first 10 batters he faced Sunday and didn't run into trouble until the fifth inning, when he gave up three hits, including a RBI double by Jonathan Lucroy.

Astros put Colby Rasmus on disabled list, call up Tony Kemp - Houston Chronicle
The ear condition Colby Rasmus has dealt with for about a month landed the Astros outfielder on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and casts doubt on the rest of his season.

With another loss to Rangers, Astros face chasm in West race - Houston Chronicle
Two losses to the Rangers over the weekend added up to more just another series defeat for the Astros.

Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow visits ValleyCats
The Tri-City has been entertaining Houston Astros General Manager, Jeff Luhnow over the past couple days.

Astros promote Derek Fisher to Class AAA - Houston Chronicle
The Astros on Sunday promoted outfield prospect Derek Fisher to Class AAA Fresno from Class AA Corpus Christi.

MLB News

Sorry, MLB, the Cubs are great again -
Monday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes the Cubs’ recent return to dominance, Ichiro’s 3,000th hit, and the end of A-Rod’s career.

Ichiro becomes the 30th player in MLB history with 3,000 hits -
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki became the 30th player in major league history with 3,000 career hits, continuing a resurgent season at age 42 for Miami in 2016.

Alex Rodriguez is retiring in the only way that makes sense -
After next week, Alex Rodriguez won't be a baseball player anymore. If it feels sudden, that's because it had to.

Alex Rodriguez’s career was outstanding, flawed, and undeniably human - Pinstripe Alley
There is no denying that A-Rod’s career was controversial, but it was still a real experience.

Dodgers notes: Clayton Kershaw plays catch, Julio Urias starts Monday - True Blue LA
Some Dodgers pitching notes, including Clayton Kershaw throwing a baseball for the first time in three weeks, Julio Urias starting Monday, Rich Hill penciled in for Friday, and Yimi Garcia likely not back this season.