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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 29, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, September 29, 2016.

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Mariners hammer Doug Fister, Astros

All nine Mariners had batted only once when A.J. Hinch decided he had seen enough. The Astros manager beelined to the mound and took the ball from his starter. The last 23 outs would belong to his bullpen.

Astros honor retiring broadcaster Bill Brown in team meeeting

In his 30 years as the Astros television play-by-play broadcaster, Bill Brown had never been privy to a team meeting. On Wednesday morning, before Brown's final game in the booth, Astros manager A.J. Hinch called one in his honor.

Alex Bregman back in lineup but being cautious

Alex Bregman's return Tuesday after missing two weeks due to a right hamstring strain resulted in a key pinch-hit single, helping to spark a rally against Mariners ace Felix Herandez.

LOOK: Astros have special bases for the final game with Tal's Hill

The hill will be eliminated from the playing surface at Minute Maid Park before next season.

Mariners overpower Astros, keep pace in Wild Card

Leave it to Mariners slugger Robinson Cano to deliver a staggering blow to the Astros' postseason hopes.

Around the League

MLB needs more playoff chaos, & here's how to get it

The MLB postseason setup is alright. We think it could be better. (Well, most of us do.)

Tim Tebow really hit a home run on the 1st pitch of his 1st professional at bat

Some things in this life are destined to come true. The sun will rise in the east and set in the west. Buying a "Hot-N-Ready" from Little Caeser's seems like a good idea until you take a bite, and Tim Tebow was going to hit a home run in his first professional at-bat.

Cubs sign Theo Epstein to 5-Year contract extension

The Cubs executive team is going t o remain together for a while.

Marlins and fans flood the streets of Miami to say goodbye to Jose Fernandez

The city of Miami turned out on Wednesday to remember one of its brightest stars, Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. He was a man who not only wowed the crowds with his pitching ability, but whose work in the community inspired those around him and whose attentiveness made people feel special, most importantly those who are often overlooked.