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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 20, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, September 20, 2016.

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Astros News

Astros score twice in 9th to beat Athletics 4-2 (Sep 20, 2016) | FOX Sports
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A big pinch-hit double by seldom-used Tyler White in the eighth inning and little discipline at the plate by Marwin Gonzalez in the ninth provided just enough to keep the Houston Astros on the fringe of the AL wild card race.

Marwin Gonzalez's late game RBI lifts Astros past Athletics - Houston Chronicle
With six outs left to work with Monday night at Oakland Coliseum, the Astros appeared headed for a loss that would have severely crippled their outside chance at the postseason.

Astros' David Paulino could still pitch in the AFL - Houston Chronicle
Depending on how many more innings he logs over the Astros' final 13 games, prospect David Paulino may still pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

Cotton dandy but A's squander late lead, lose 4-2 to Astros | Baseball |
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jharel Cotton was impressive again in his third major league start. He left the game with a lead that didn't last for the Oakland Athletics.

A's won't make it easy for playoff-contending Astros
The Houston Astros are no strangers to nerve-wracking wild-card playoff races. Last year, they didn't clinch the American League's second wild-card berth until the final day of the regular season, finishing one game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels. This year, the Astros are in what shapes up

Astros Injury Updates: Keuchel, Bregman, McCullers - MLB Trade Rumors
It seems rather unlikely that the Astros will receive further contributions in 2016 from lefty Dallas Keuchel or infielder Alex Bregman, according to updates from GM Jeff Luhnow, via’s Brian McTaggart.

MLB News

MLB's wild card races are still up in the air -
Tuesday's Say Hey, Baseball looks at the tense closeness of the wild card races, Tim Tebow's first day on the job, and a couple of unfortunate Monday milestones.

Madison Bumgarner started a baseball fight by yelling a bunch, again -

The broken Indians might be the best underdog story of the postseason -
The Cubs and their quest are still a great story. But there’s something about a cursed team that had everything ripped away from them at the last second, too.

The Giants lost another game they were leading when the ninth inning started, which totally surprised everyone - McCovey Chronicles
Madison Bumgarner was at his best, and then the bullpen came in. Has anyone noticed that the ninth inning hasn't been very kind to the Giants this year.

All the irrational and absurd s*** from Tim Tebow's 1st instructional workout -
Jerseys, man. Jerseys.

Chris Carter sets franchise strikeout record with time to spare - Brew Crew Ball
With 191 strikeouts, Carter now has the Brewers single-season strikeout record