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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 9, 2016

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

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Astros News

Carlos Gomez's gaffes cost Astros in loss to Twins

Carlos Gomez misplayed balls on consecutive at-bats in the fifth, costing starter Collin McHugh two runs, the difference in the game.

Astros tripped up in opener at Minnesota

As much as the Astros have been struggling swinging the bats the last two weeks, they certainly can't afford to give away runs on defense.

Astros' Luke Gregerson progressing in recovery from oblique strain

Gregerson was scheduled to throw off a mound Monday at Target Field for the first time since landing on the DL last week. The righthander could throw again before the Astros leave Minnesota on Thursday.

Astros promote Gurriel to Double-A

Cuban infielder Yulieksi Gurriel, whom the Astros signed to a 4 1/2 year, $47.5 million contract on July 16, has been promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi, the team announced Monday. He'll be in the lineup for the Hooks at home against Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday in what should be his last Minor League stop before reaching the big leagues.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. declared free agent by MLB

Lourdes, who has played both in the infield and outfield, isn't expected to sign until after his 23rd birthday on Oct.19. If he signed as a 22-year-old, he would be subject to international signing period guidelines and bonus pool limits.

Around the MLB

Why are the Royals bad this year?

The Royals stumbled badly in the month of July, and with less than two months remaining in the season they look hopelessly out of contention.

2016 Front Office Confidence Ratings, Midseason Update

How confident are you in the Astros' front office after the trade deadline? Mike Bates over at the MLB Daily Dish is surveying the SB Nation community on just that, so pop on over and let him know just how you feel about Jeff Lunhow and company these days. Updated ratings will be released next week.

Manfred touts youth initiatives at RBI World Series

Commisioner also discusses Ichiro's mileston, A-Rod and pace of play.

Giants' Brandon Crawford notches first seven-hit game since 1975

The biggest benefactor from the 14-inning game between the Giants and the Marlins? Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, who notched the fifth seven-hit game in big-league history.