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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 12, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, September 12, 2016.

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Astros News

Rangers-Astros preview (Sep 12, 2016) | FOX Sports
HOUSTON -- After losing two of three to the Chicago Cubs over the weekend, the Houston Astros will enter a three-game series against the Rangers facing the grim reality that another series loss to Texas would snuff out their slim hopes of winning the American League West.

Carlos Correa pulled in fourth inning against Cubs after returning to lineup - Houston Chronicle
Carlos Correa returned to the Astros lineup Sunday night, doing so without thinking twice about limitations after missing four games due to left shoulder inflammation.

Sunday's recap: Cubs 9, Astros 5 - Chicago Tribune
The Cubs finished interleague play with a 15-5 record after scoring nine times in the first four innings to coast to a 9-5 win over the Astros.

Astros' A.J. Hinch sympathizes with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts - Houston Chronicle
Astros manager A.J. Hinch reached out to Dave Roberts in the aftermath of what Hinch described Sunday as "probably the most difficult decision any manager has had to make this year."

Astros’ Joe Musgrove adds pitch to repertoire - Houston Chronicle
Joe Musgrove unveiled a new pitch Friday night in his solid six-inning start against the Cubs.

Dallas Keuchel of Houston Astros says shoulder is structurally sound
Houston Astros lefty and reigning American League Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel said Friday that his throwing shoulder is structurally sound, but he does not have a timetable to return as he continues to deal with inflammation in the area.

Astros rookie Alex Bregman drawing rave reviews from teammates | FOX Sports
Astros infielder Alex Bregman has put his early struggles behind him.

MLB News

The Red Sox are in 1st, but their schedule is ridiculous -
Monday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes a rough last three weeks for the Red Sox, the Pirates’ descent, and reasons to keep watching the Twins.

Neal Huntington expects Andrew McCutchen to return to career form - Bucs Dugout
What is up with McCutchen? Neal Huntington and the Pirates organization see "every positive indication" that Andrew McCutchen "will bounce back" to career form. The Pirates' center fielder is...

Top 10 Reasons To Watch The Twins Today - Twinkie Town
335 words about why you should keep watching the Twins.

Tillman out duels Verlander, Orioles win 3-1 to take series - Camden Chat
The Orioles went into Detroit needed at least a series win. They got it today thanks in large part to starting pitcher Chris Tillman.

Yasiel Puig's stellar diving catch saved Rich Hill's perfect game bid in the seventh inning -
Rich Hill was on a roll on Saturday night against the Marlins. Although Clayton Kershaw’s return was a little anticlimactic given that the Dodgers lost the series opener on Friday, Hill is more...

Max Scherzer is "a free library in knowledge and in wisdom and determination" for Lucas Giolito... - Federal Baseball
Dusty Baker asked Nationals’ prospect Lucas Giolito to follow and emulate Max Scherzer. Not a bad mentor.