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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 22, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, September 22, 2016.

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Astros News

New weapon emerges for Astros' Chris Devenski - Houston Chronicle
The version of Chris Devenski who relied almost exclusively on his fastball and his changeup is no more.

Astros beat Athletics to complete sweep, 5-1 road trip - Houston Chronicle
It will probably require 88 wins to win the second wild card. Even that total may guarantee only a tiebreaker game.

MLB review awards Astros' Jose Altuve another hit - Houston Chronicle
The single celebrated as Jose Altuve's 200th hit of the season on Tuesday night was actually his 201st.

Astros' Preston Tucker: To have season-ending shoulder surgery -
Astros' Preston Tucker: To have season-ending shoulder surgery

Wild-card watch: Houston Astros escape with win $Insider$
The Astros and Tigers took advantage of the Orioles' loss, but both wild-card races still could be headed for complete chaos.

On deck: Astros vs. Angels - Houston Chronicle
Mike Trout came into Wednesday worth an even 10.0 wins above replacement, according to, more than a full win better than the next-best player (Mookie Betts, 8.9).

MLB News

The Rangers have been lucky, and you shouldn’t care -
The Rangers might end the season with the best record in one-run games in baseball history. It’s something to appreciate, not poke holes in.

Bryce Harper is playing hurt, unless he’s not -
Wednesday’s Say Hey, Baseball sees a Harper injury controversy, the Cardinals core, and a question about Ben Cherington’s importance in 2016.

Braves outfielder robs Yoenis Cespedes of a walk-off home run -
It appeared to be a huge victory for the Mets, but the Braves had other ideas.

Joakim Soria is just a scapegoat for the Royals' real problems - Royals Review
Jack's been bad for sure, but he's not even close to the worst thing about this team.