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Houston Astros News: April 12, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

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Astros News

Astros offense breaks out in 7-5 win in Seattle

Crooked numbers on the scoreboard for the Astros were few and far between in the first eight days of the season. Perhaps the four-run inning they strung together in Tuesday night's 7-5 win over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field will be the start of something.

Mariners lose to Astros and fall to 2-7 on season

It all turned on what looked like a rather harmless flare to shallow right field. Sixth inning, two outs, bases loaded — and Astros pinch-hitter Evan Gattis floated a fly ball to right field.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch on reported Stanford interst: “a non-story”

In response to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday that he was atop Stanford University's wish list to become their next head baseball coach, Astros manager A.J. Hinch called it "a non-story."

Forbes’ value for Astros franchise gets heavy increase

Forbes' annual assessment of Major League Baseball franchise values Tuesday pegged the Astros at $1.45 billion.

For starters, Springer goes deep (again)

Another day, another leadoff homer for Astros outfielder George Springer.

30 Teams in 30 Days: How The Houston Astros Can Blast Off

The Houston Astros are a team whose model should be followed by others. This squad made the playoffs with a meager payroll of only $97.4 million in 2015 on the back of strong homegrown prospects in both the lineup and starting rotation, and the future as a whole looked bright.

Around the League

The 5 players in the AL West who matter the most

If these players are thriving, so are their teams. If not...

Introducing the Cubs Villainy Meter

The Cubs won the World Series. They will probably win more of them. They don’t get to be the beloved underdog anymore.

Tres-pedes! Yo leads Mets’ 7-homer barrage

It is hard to say which Yoenis Cespedes home run impressed the most Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Minor league teams are arguing. Are you team bacon or team taco?

Which food is the best?

This dad wrote to every MLB team asking them to win his son’s love

The decision to raise a child supporting a particular team is a serious responsibility. You’re setting a person on a course that will carry them for a lifetime. Instead of influencing his young son to support his favorite team, one dad decided to write a letter to all 30 MLB teams and asked them to detail why his boy should root for them.