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Houston Astros News: April 25, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

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Astros News

Astros’ Dallas Keuchel inducing ground balls at unrivaled rate

The season is young, but through four starts Dallas Keuchel's groundball rate exceeds his breakout 2014 season and Cy Young Award-winning 2015 campaign by a significant margin.

On deck: Astros at Indians

Baseball is back after an off day! Here is what to look for in the upcoming series against Cleveland.

Astros, Indians meet for prime AL showdown

The Houston Astros see this as their time. Funny thing is, so do the Cleveland Indians. And that's why we have our first big series of the 2017 season when these two teams open a three-game set at Progressive Field on Tuesday.

On 40th birthday, Beltran feeling ‘blessed’

Unlike former Cubs catcher David Ross, who earned the moniker "Grandpa Rossy" in 2016 from his teammates for being the oldest regular contributor on the club at age 39, outfielder Carlos Beltran has yet to be tagged with an affectionate nickname, even though he's the Astros' first 40-year-old player since 42-year-old Doug Brocail in 2009.

Around the League

Addison Russell is trying to get every MLB player to sign his Pokemon card collection

Addison Russell has turned a unique hobby into an awesome pregame ritual. The Cubsinfielder is trying to get his entire collection of Pokémon cards signed by opposing players.

The unwritten rules of throwing at Manny Machado’s danged head

There are written rules, of course, as there usually are. There’s also common sense.

Crew cuts: Thames rips 2 HRs! April record?

After putting up video-game numbers during three years in South Korea, Eric Thames is doing the same in his return to Major League Baseball.

The Pirates called up Dovydas Neverauskas, the first born-and-raised Lithuanian in MLB history

Just before the start of Monday night's game against the Cubs, the Pirates announced that they were calling up rookie pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas to take the roster spot of Adam Frazier, who went to the DL.