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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 16, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, September 16, 2016.

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Astros News

Astros-Mariners preview (Sep 16, 2016) | FOX Sports
SEATTLE -- The red-hot Seattle Mariners are making a final push in the American League wild-card race as they begin a three-game series with the undermanned Houston Astros on Friday night.

Astros sustain heavy casualties in snagging series finale from Rangers - Houston Chronicle
The Astros won the game, beating the Rangers 8-4 Wednesday at Minute Maid Park for just their fourth victory in 19 tries this season over their intrastate rivals.

Astros need series sweep, 13-3 finish to sustain playoff hopes - Houston Chronicle
The just-completed 13-game stretch viewed as make or break for the Astros, in fact, broke them.

Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers of Houston Astros not ready to pitch yet
The Astros are still in the wild-card chase, but they aren't close to having Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers return from injury.

Wild-card watch: Did Texas Rangers end Houston Astros' chances?
The Astros are going to have nightmares about the Rangers all offseason. David Schoenfield breaks down the important races and matchups to watch.

The Rangers continue to absolutely own the rival Astros
The biggest gut punch in the Houston Astros’ up-and-down season came Tuesday night, when they gave up two runs with two outs in the ninth inning to blow a game against one of the teams they’re chasing in the standings — the same team that’s been owning them all season. If Astros fans weren’t already

Unruly Astros fan handcuffed and escorted out of game
An Astros fan took Monday night’s loss against the Rangers especially hard.

MLB News

Red Sox offer walk-off drama while Cubs sew up NL Central -
Friday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at a dramatic win for the Red Sox and a division title for the Cubs.

Padres GM A.J. Preller suspended 30 games after investigation into Drew Pomeranz trade -
Padres GM A.J. Preller was suspended 30 days by MLB after an investigation of the July 14 trade of Drew Pomeranz to Red Sox.

We're still not paying enough attention to Mike Trout -
Mike Trout is still getting lumped in with some of the other best players in baseball. Stop that.

Cubs Clinch N.L. Central Title As Giants Beat Cardinals - Bleed Cubbie Blue
The Chicago Cubs Are Your 2016 NL Central Champions

Making sense of the rumored Ryan Braun trade -
The Dodgers want Ryan Braun for obvious reasons, but why would the Brewers want Yasiel Puig?