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Houston Astros News: April 19, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

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Astros News

Albert Pujols’ three-run homer sinks Astros

The uniform and league have changed, but 12 seasons later Albert Pujols still tortures the Astros.

Angels break slump with 5-2 victory over Houston Astros

Houstonians still fear Albert Pujols, and on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park he proved that their dread is deserved. At the site of many of his biggest home runs, Pujols launched one more against the Astros, snapping the Angels’ six-game losing streak with one vicious swing.

Astros’ Dallas Keuchel lauds Brian McCann as batterymate

Dallas Keuchel is only 21 innings into his season but already on numerous occasions has remarked on his chemistry with new Astros catcher Brian McCann.

Astros play it safe with Correa after plunking

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game Tuesday because of a right hand contusion suffered in Saturday's win in Oakland

Musgrove, Astros eye efficiency later in game

The next step in the development of Astros right-hander Joe Musgrove will be finding a way to pitch deeper into games, which means more efficient pitch counts and navigating through the batting order for a third time with more success.

Around the League

The Save Ruined Relief Pitching. The Goose Egg Can Fix It.

[Richard “Goose”] Gossage recently lashed out against modern closers — including all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera — arguing that they aren’t used in the right situations and that cheaply earned saves exaggerate closers’ value compared to the pitchers of his day.

Umpires might get microphones to explain video reviews, and nothing can possiblie go wrong

I mean, “possibly go wrong.” That’s the first thing that’s ever gone wrong with MLB’s video review.

Starling Marte suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s PED policy

The Pirates will now have to navigate the NL Central for half the season without one of their best players.

The Cubs are 6-7. Is it time to panic?

Last year’s World Series champs aren’t off to a great start.