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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, September 8, 2016.

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Astros' rotation issues show in loss to Indians

Even with an 11-man bullpen, it's impossible to mask a shoddy rotation for any extended period of time.

No hard pitch count for Astros' David Paulino in debut

David Paulino, who was sidelined by arm soreness in July and hasn't logged more than six innings in any of his minor league outings this season, won't be restricted by a hard pitch count in his major league debut Thursday, according to Astros manager A.J. Hinch.

Astros' Carlos Correa out with shoulder inflammation

Carlos Correa will be unavailable to play until at least Friday night's series opener against the Cubs because of what Astros manager A.J. Hinch described as left shoulder inflammation.

Astros SS Carlos Correa sent home with shoulder inflammation

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has been sent back to Houston because of inflammation in his left shoulder.

Gurril's 1st homer offers glimpse of potential

The power stroke the Astros had been waiting to see from Yulieski Gurriel showed up in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the Indians when he walloped a two-run homer -- the first of his career -- off Andrew Miller.

Big flies take Astros only so far vs. Tribe

On the strength of a four-run fifth inning and a solid showing by Carlos Carrasco, the Indians denied the Astros, 6-5, on Wednesday night at Progressive Field for win No. 80, extending their lead over the second-place Tigers in the American League Central to 5 1/2 games a few hours after Detroit lost to the White Sox.

Around the League

I know it already got pinned to the homepage, but here it is again: Who's who in the American League wild card race

Nationals' Stephen Strasburg leaves start in third with apparent injury...

Stephen Strasburg tossed two scoreless vs the Braves, but appeared uncomfortable on the mound after his last few pitches and was removed from the game...

Mets, Tebow reportedly agree to Minor League deal

The Mets are reportedly set to sign former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow to a Minor League deal, according to multiple sources on Thursday.

And finally looking around the AL wild card race: The bullpen collapsed in DetroitNew York shuts out Toronto to complete the sweep, David Price lifts the Red Sox to the top of the AL Eastthe Orioles flushed away a chance at a sweep and the Royals dropped a winnable game against Minnesota.