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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, September 23, 2016.

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Astros News

Astros play-by-play man Bill Brown to retire | astros.com
HOUSTON -- It's the end of an era. Longtime Astros play-by-play announcer Bill Brown will retire at the end of the season, he announced Thursday afternoon, ending a legendary career with Houston that spanned 30 years and earned Brown, 69, a spot on the Astros' Media Wall of Honor. Brown's final scheduled broadcast will be during the Astros' final regular-season home game on Wednesday, when Houston plays Seattle.

Ricky Nolasco, Angels shut down the Astros, 2-0 - LA Times
Angels-Astros game story

Bill Brown retiring as Astros television broadcaster - Houston Chronicle
Reminiscing about calling 30 seasons of Astros baseball, Bill Brown says, is like riding a high-speed train through a long, dark tunnel with an array of images passing by on either side.

Astros TV announcer Bill Brown to retire at end of season (Sep 22, 2016) | FOX Sports
HOUSTON (AP) Longtime Houston Astros TV play-by-play announcer Bill Brown will retire this month.

Astros lose ground in wild card with 2-0 loss to Angels | Lexington Herald-Leader
The Houston Astros don't have enough time for their bats to go quiet like they did Thursday night.

Astros suffer costly shutout to Angels in series opener - Houston Chronicle
Facing the lowly Angels seven times during this final push for potent

Astros' Alex Bregman runs for the first time since hamstring injury - Houston Chronicle
Alex Bregman ran for the first time Thursday since suffering a right hamstring strain that remains likely to cost the touted rookie the remainder of his season.

Houston Astros star Jose Altuve is his team's MVP -- what about the American League's?
Jose Altuve's favorite play this year starts with a groundout to third -- and ends with the Astros star jogging across home plate. It also happens to epitomize Altuve's impact on his team.

MLB News

The Braves have to make the most fascinating decision of the offseason - SBNation.com
A rebuilding team in a seller's market would normally trade someone like Julio Teheran, but the Braves aren't in a normal situation.

Orioles give David Ortiz the dugout phone he smashed for a retirement gift - SBNation.com
The Orioles gave David Ortiz the dugout phone he smashed in 2013 as a retirement gift.

Asdrubal Cabrera hits massive walkoff, flips bat to the sun - SBNation.com
Hero.

300-ish people showed up to watch a Twins game - Twinkie Town
A few people went to Target Field to watch the Twins and Tigers play.

Chase Utley turned a bobbled grounder into a spectacular no-look flailing out - SBNation.com
Just like he drew it up.