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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 13, 2016

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, September 13, 2016. 

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Astros News

Astros' playoff hopes fading after falling to Rangers

To afford themselves an optimal chance at the second wild card, the Astros needed  to at the very least hover around .500 over their 13 consecutive games against first-place teams to begin September.

Astros' Dallas Keuchel pushes back his return to throwing again

Time is running out on Dallas Keuchel making a return to the mound.

Astros agree to terms with Cuban lefthander Cionel Perez

The Astros continue to invest heavily in the 2016-2017 international class.

Rangers' dominance of Astros is only reason Texas has such a commanding lead in AL West

The Rangers have built their dominance over Houston in the American League West during the last two seasons on the uncanny ability to beat their rival in one-run games. That continued with the Rangers' 4-3 win in 12 innings on Monday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

The Houston Astros Again Not Able to Close Out the Texas Rangers Falling 4-3

Evan Gattis with one out in the ninth inning tied the game with a solo homer launched way over the left field wall an estimated 421 feet. While that was a big boost to the Houston Astros, it turned out to be all for naught as they end up falling to the Texas Rangers in the 12th inning 4-3.

Around the League

Kyle Hendricks flirts with no-no as Cubs close in on clinching NL Central

Tuesday's Say Hey, Baseball includes a historic dinger from David Ortiz, a blow to Cleveland's rotation, and Max Scherzer as library.

White Sox 11, Indians 4: Hitting like its 1949

Yesterday, the Chicago White Sox bashed 16 hits and scored in every inning to beat the Cleveland Indians.

Orioles' Adam Jones explains why MLB players don't speak on social issues

The NFL is witnessing a movement after Colin  Kaepernick started a conversation about race relations by protesting during the national anthem, but Major League Baseball isn't seeing the same thing. Orioles center fielder Adam Jones isn't surprised.

Hanley Ramirez is seeing a hitting transformation, but is he alone?

2016 has been a much better season for Hanley Ramirez compared to 2015, but can all of his success be attributed to changes he's made himself?

The Orioles can't hit left-handed pitchers. What is that about?

The Orioles have struggled all year long to touch up lefties, yet the talk of the off season was that the lineup needed a left-handed hitter for balance. With so many right-handed hitters, why have the Orioles struggled against lefties?