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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 28, 2016

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

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Astros News

Alex Bregman makes surprise return, helps Astros take down Mariners

As soon as Tony Kemp took ball four, Jason Castro retreated from the on-deck circle and back to the Astros' dugout. Out stepped Alex Bregman, 13 days removed from his last plate appearance, wielding a bat in his hands.

Jandel Gustave works around lengthy Astros rally to earn first win

Pitching 1 1/3 inning over the sixth and seventh innings, the hard-throwing righthander had a long break in the middle of the outing as the Astros hit around in the bottom of the sixth.

Astros' Yulieski Gurriel adjusting to rigorous Major League schedule

Yulieski Gurriel was back in the lineup, moving down to sixth in the order after 10 straight games hitting second in place of the injured Alex Bregman.

Astros Use Big Sixth Inning to Get 8-4 Win Over Mariners

George Springer had three hits, including a two-run double during a six-run sixth inning, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 8-4 on Tuesday night.

Astros stay in Wild Card mix with 6-run 6th

The Astros aren't ready to turn the page on 2016 just yet.

Around the League

The NL East suffers two big injuries

Wednesday's Say Hey, Baseball includes a couple of big injuries to potential playoff teams in the NL East, touching moments on the field following Jose Fernandez's death, and the marriage proposal from your nightmares.

Andrew McCutchen reflects on how Pirates can compete with Cubs in 2017

The Pirates are being blitzed by the Cubs this year. The season record stands at 13-3, with the Pirates outscored 103-60. Following a 12-2 throttling, the competitive gap between the clubs looks wide and, perhaps, increasing.

Mike Trout is the greatest player at his age of all time

Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantel, Mel Ott, Jimmie Fox, Ted Williams - those are all some great names in the world of baseball and an amazing talent lineup. Those were all the top 5 players in WAR by the age of 24 before Mike Trout came around. This weekend while the Angels were embarrassing the Astros in a 3 win series victory, Mike Trout passed Ty Cobb to sit on top of that list and bump them all down one spot.

St. Louis' Aledmys Diaz hit a grand slam in his 1st game after mourning the death of childhood friend Jose Fernandez

Since the passing of Jose Fernandez, the outpouring of support has been nothing shy of astonishing. His strory hist home with all of those who knew him and those who loved him from afar. Aledmys Diaz, who plays for the St. Louis Cardinals, was one of Jose's best friends, having played baseball together since they were young and lived in Cuba.