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Houston Astros News: April 11, 2017

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Kansas City Royals v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Astros News

Astros shut out by Mariners to start road trip

The Astros might be pleased to learn they won't face Seattle Mariners lefthander James Paxton again for at least two months.

James Paxton dominant as Mariners blank Astros in home opener

Paxton pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits with two walks and four strikeouts on 103 pitches. Paxton allowed just one runner to reach second base in his first six innings, flashing an upper-90s fastball and biting breaking pitches.

Astros confident bats will rebound

An offense that has struggled for the first week of the season found itself dealing with its first shutout in Monday's series-opening 6-0 loss to the Mariners at Safeco Field, but it's clearly too early for anyone to hit the panic button.

Eye got it: Gattis’ strike zone work paying off

Through one week of the regular season, catcher/designated hitter Evan Gattis led the Astros in walks and on-base percentage, and it's not by accident. Gattis has been working for quite some time in better strike-zone judgment.

Astros prospect Fracis Martes has scoreless AAA debut

Righthander Francis Martes, the Astros best pitching prospect, pitched five scoreless innings in his Class AAA Fresno debut Monday night against Reno.

Around the League

Wil Myers hits 1st cycle of the 2017 MLB season

It’s also the second cycle in Padres history.

Yordano Ventura’s mother threw out the 1st pitch of the Royals’ home opener

Marisol Hernández was given the honors at the first game at Kauffman Stadium since her son’s death.

An autopsy of the Angels’ ninth-inning comeback against the Mariners

Did the Mariners play bad baseball? Did the Angels play good baseball? Was there a lot of dumb baseball mixed between? Yes.

Gold Cubs, Gold! W flies, now bring on rings

Hall of Famers on hand to lift 1907, 1908, 2016 flags, which flank CF scoreboard

Noah Syndergaard, expert mascot troll, stole the Phillie Phanatic’s ATV

It's been noted before that Noah Syndergaard has a fear of mascots.