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Houston Astros News: April 10, 2017

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Bases-loaded walk to Evan Gattis lifts Houston Astros to win over Kansas City Royals

The Houston Astros blared Michael Jackson hits and were feeling celebratory vibes on Sunday after snapping a skid with another extra innings win.

Astros face swift rematch with Mariners

The road trip to Seattle is a quick rematch for the Astros and Mariners, who opened the season with a four-game set.

Records and milestones abound in Astros’ win

The Astros avoided the sweep with a Sunday win and hit a number of individual milestones in the process.

Super utility man Marwin Gonzalez may add catcher to his repertoire

Marwin Gonzalez already takes grounders each day at every infield position and in the outfield as well, and manager A.J. Hinch hinted Sunday that another spot may be in order.

Marisnick sparks Astros with HR, not glove

If Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick could hit Major League pitching on a consistent basis, the defensive specialist would get more playing time.

Around the League

Japanese baseball sensation Shohei Otani to miss six weeks following thigh injury

While not quite major league news, many a front office exec is watching Otani’s season closely anticipating an eventual migration to the United States.

Phillies’ Stassi defies odds in underdog journey to MLB

To illustrate how far Brock Stassi has come, consider this: The 1,021st player taken in the 2011 draft was barely considered worthy enough for a spot on the bench in rookie ball.

The Red Sox are being decimated by the flu

Sunday morning’s Say Hey Baseball looks at the virus taking over the Red Sox clubhouse, an injury to Gary Sanchez, and how to fix Blake Snell.

Pirates fans can play Super Mario Bros. on new right field LED screen

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a few upgrades to PNC Park and, holy crap, fans can play Super Mario Bros. in right field.

Tim Tebow hit 2nd home run in his 3rd game with Columbia Fireflies

Well, it’s game number three for Tim Tebow with the Columbia Fireflies, and the man just hit his second dinger.