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Astros Crawfish Boil: April 5, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

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Astros News

McCann and Gonzalez help Astros over Mariners 2-1

Brian McCann's focus this offseason was finding a way to hit more balls to the opposite field like he used to earlier in his career.

Marwin Gonzalez, pitching lifts Astros past Mariners

Whereas in past years injuries or underperformance thrust Marwin Gonzalez into a regular role, the Astros plan to finally utilize the switch-hitting infielder in the role he's most valuable.

McCullers dazzles with steady diet of curves

Right-hander follows Keuchel's lead with six strong innings

Paxton, Morton look to bring heat in Houston

Though the temperatures are expected to cool into the 70s in Houston on Wednesday following a couple days in the mid-80s, Mariners lefty James Paxton and new Astros right-hander Charlie Morton figure to bring plenty of heat to the third game of this season-opening series.

Around the League

We Rated Every Rotation In MLB. How Does Your Team’s Stack Up?

Today, we’re hoping to provide you with an answer to one of those types of questions: Who has the best rotation in baseball?

Stephen Piscotty was hit by 3 baseballs in 3 minutes

It’s not funny, but it’s not not remarkable, and it led to a pretty amazing mashup.

SEC still leads other conferences in MLB participation, up 6 players from 2016

That’s according to numbers released on Tuesday night by the SEC Network on Twitter that show the SEC has more MLB players than any other conference.

MLB, Fanatics to keep manufacturing in U.S.

Against a backdrop of Major League jerseys, luminaries from the baseball, politics and business world held a news conference Tuesday to formally announce the sale of Majestic to Fanatics, which will assure that the uniforms worn by players and fans alike will continue at the plant where they've been manufactured since 2009.