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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 27, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

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Astros News

Astros have no answer for Cano as their playoff light dims

In falling to 82-75, the Astros dropped to 3.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second American League wild card with only five games left on their schedule. Any combination of three Astros losses and Orioles wins will officially eliminate them from contention.

Tony Kemp taking advantage of regular playing time

Going into Monday, Kemp had five hits in his last 13 plate appearances. The first two came last Tuesday when Kemp entered as a pinch hitter and went 2 for 2 with two doubles.

Astros Yulieski Gurriel pays tribute to Jose Fernandez

Astros infielder Yulieski Gurriel joined fellow Cuban Yoenis Cespedes of the New York Mets and Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers in paying tribute to Jose Fernandez in wake of the star Miami Marlins pitcher's death Sunday in a boating accident.

Altuve shows never-give-up drive after injury

Astros 2B stays in game, sparks late rally to force extras.

Bregman takes 'leap forward,' eyes return

Alex Bregman could return to the lineup as early as this weekend and Lance McCullers could be activated next week if the Astros make the playoffs. And Colby Rasmus' time with the Astros has likely come to a close, based on updates provided Monday by manager A.J. Hinch.

Around the League

Dee Gordon honors Jose Fernandez, then hits a home run in surreal scene at Marlins Park

Sometimes sports write a story better than Hollywood ever could. That happened on Monday when Dee Gordon stepped to the plate for the Miami Marlins and hit his first home run of the season.

Marlins players wear No. 16 jerseys as team honors Jose Fernandez in emotional tribute

It will be the last time any Marlins player wears No. 16.

Cleveland Indians clinch the AL Central with 7-4 win over Tigers

The Cleveland Indians return to the playoffs for the first time since 2013, and it is their first division win since 2007.

Jason Grilli Blows 9th inning Lead, Blue Jays Comeback Attempt Comes Up Short

Grilli blew a ninth inning save opportunity, and Toronto's late comeback attempt came up short in a game filled with a couple of bench clearing incidents.