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Houston Astros News: April 21, 2017

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, April 21, 2017.

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Astros News

Lance McCullers, Chris Devenski a potent mix in Astros’ win

Every batter who steps into the box against Lance McCullers knows he will be faced with one of the best power breaking balls in the sport.

Angels lose solo home-run battle to Astros, 2-1

The Houston Astros clobbered two solo home runs Thursday afternoon at Minute maid Park. The Angels hit one, so the Astros won, 2-1. Occasionally, baseball is a simple game.

Kecuchel, McCullers catalysts for Astros

Here's why the Astros might just be the best team in the American League West, if not the AL overall: Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr.

Marisnick’s work coming to fruition at plate

Jake Marisnick has played in all but two of the Astros games this season, though much of his action has been as a defensive replacement. One of the premier defensive outfielders in baseball, Marisnick worked hard in the offseason and spring to have the bat to match.

On deck: Astros at Rays

Houston heads down to Tampa Bay for the weekend as they look to build off a strong run, winning seven of their past eight.

Around the League

Cuban OF Robert cleared to sign May 20

The top prospect in Cuba is one step closer to fulfilling his big league dream.

A couple of Cubs are being total weenies about Eric Thames and PEDs

John Lackey and Chris Bosio are wink-winking about performance-enhancing drugs, and it’s both familiar and gross. Just ask Jake Arrieta.

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but baseball is changing

There are loud changes in baseball and quiet ones. While the topline news about this season has been the continuing march toward three true outcomes (walks, strikeouts and home runs), there are other ways 2017 has been different than 2016, 2015 and in some cases all seasons before. Are these changes real? Are they permanent?

Major League Baseball in Las Vegas? Commissioner says it’s an option

Major League Baseball would be open to having a team in Las Vegas, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.