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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 14, 2016

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

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Astros News

Astros blow lead in 9th, lose yet again to Rangers

With the Astros on the brink of a rare and much-needed win over the Texas Rangers,  Tuesday night's ninth inning took a wild turn.

Cuban free agent Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to hold showcase Wednesday

Cuban free agent Lourdes Gurriel Jr., the younger brother of Astros infielder Yulieski Gurriel, will work out for major league teams Wednesday in Panama.

Astros' Tony Sipp says he understands NFL's anthem protests

Tony Sipp has paid attention to the saga surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his decision not to stand during the national anthem, protesting what he feels is racial injustice in America.

Astros' Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers not ready to pitch

As the Houston Astros battle to stay in the playoff chase, it's not clear whether two starters who helped them to the postseason last year will do the same this year.

Rangers find new way to upend Astros, shave magic number to 8

Of all the comeback victories the Texas Rangers have notched this season, and they're at 44 and counting, the one they pulled off Tuesday night might be the most unlikely of the bunch.

Altuve busts slump with 24th HR in 3-hit night

In a loss as demoralizing as Tuesday night's 3-2 heartbreaker to the Rangers, it's probably hard for the Astros to take away many positives. If there was going to be one, though, it's that American League MVP candidate Jose Altuve has seemingly busted his slump.

Around the League

With 7 straight wins, the Mariners aren't out of the race yet

Wednesday's Say Hey, Baseball recognizes that the Mariners are making things interesting, the Giants can't seem to close out wins, and the AL East is historically close.

Adam Jones made sense, which offended people

Adam Jones has opinions, and that makes people mad. But were his opinions really even close to being controversial?

1,122 good dogs attended the White Sox game, which is a Guinness World Record

So many good dogs.

Report: Ryan Braun "likely" will be traded to Dodgers this offseason

After being part of the discussions in a trade at the end of August, a new report says that the Brewers will likely revisit those negotiations this offseason.