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Houston Astros News: April 27, 2017

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, April 27, 2017.

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Astros News

Indians touch up Lance McCullers in Astros’ loss

Even though Lance McCullers is only 41 regular-season starts into his career, the 23-year-old righthander's home and road splits are too drastic to ignore.

Trevor Bauer improves to 6-0 against Houston Astros as Cleveland Indians hang on for 7-6 win

The Indians can't seem to beat Dallas Keuchel, and the Astros can't seem to beat Trevor Bauer.

Reddick’s missed catches costly for Astros

Just a day after he played the role of hero by making a terrific catch at the wall to rob Jason Kipnis of a homer, Astros outfielder Josh Reddick lamented a pair of balls he couldn't quite catch in the first inning that loomed large in Houston's 7-6 loss to the Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

Astros call up Tony Kemp to replace injured Teoscar Hernandez

A day after Teoscar Hernandez bruised his lower left leg in a nasty on-field collision with second baseman Jose Altuve, the Astros placed the just-recalled outfielder on the 10-day disabled list.

Around the League

Gift Ngoepe, MLB’s first African-born player, singles in first at-bat

South African infielder Gift Ngoepe became the MLB's first African-born player when he debuted with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs.

‘But It’s Tradition!’ Is No Reason To Ban Tie Games in MLB

As you may have heard, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is trying to shorten the length of baseball games.

The Marlins finally have a chance to be a normal team

Derek Jeter will likely be the smilin’ face of the Miami Marlins indefinitely. He’ll sit behind or just to the side of home plate, wearing Marlins gear and cheering when Giancarlo Stanton hits a home run, unless he’s grousing when they blow a lead in the ninth inning. It’s going to be the oddest danged thing.

Eric Thames tied an MLB record in Arpil and has ‘plenty of blood and urine’ for his haters

Eric Thames has been an early season revelation. The 30-year-old, home run smacking superstar exploded in April for the Brewers to tie an MLB record.