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Houston Astros News: April 7, 2017

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, April 7, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

Young Astros fan gets majorly pranked by umpire Laz Diaz
Umpire Laz Diaz got some laughs on Wednesday night when he pranked a kid and pretended to take away his new souvenir.

Astros' Collin McHugh prematurely exits Class AAA rehab start - Houston Chronicle
There had been a chance Collin McHugh would need only one rehab start before rejoining the Astros' rotation.

Minor league baseball: Buies Creek Astros win franchise opener
Omar Lopez cracked open his Yogi Berra Book of the Obvious on Thursday night to sum up the Buies Creek Astros’ 5-3 win against Winston-Salem.

Astros' Chris Devenski worked wonders with wicked changeup in 2017 debut - Houston Chronicle
At first glance, Chris Devenski's pitch distribution chart from Wednesday night looks backward.

Fans flock to see Fayetteville's future baseball team - News - The Fayetteville Observer - Fayetteville, NC

The Houston Astros-owned minor league team will play at Campbell for two years, until Fayetteville builds a stadium.

Astros sign David Martinez to minor league deal - Houston Chronicle

The Astros signed righthander David Martinez to a minor league contract and assigned him to Class AAA Fresno, the team said late Wednesday.

MLB News

Tim Tebow homering off pick No. 666 goes deeper than you ever imagined - SBNation.com
Wow.

Yadier Molina got a baseball stuck to his chest protector, and it’s weirder than it sounds - SBNation.com
I’m sure there’s an explanation for this.

The 5 players in the NL Central who matter the most - SBNation.com
It takes 25 players to win a championship, but not all players are created equal. Here are the most important players of the NL Central.

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson misses wide left on first pitch attempt - SBNation.com
Fortunately, no one was hurt in the making of this first pitch attempt.

Make-A-Wish and the Red Sox turned this kid’s backyard into a perfect replica of Fenway - SBNation.com
Someone’s cutting onions in here!