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Houston Astros News: May 1, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, May 1, 2017.

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Astros News

Dallas Keuchel improves to 5-0 in Astros win over A’s

The Astros couldn't have asked for a better first month from Dallas Keuchel, who has silenced the doubts stemming from his poor 2016.

Keuchel stops Oakland; A’s eager for Gray, Davis to return

After six losses in seven games, the A’s could use a boost, and they’ll get one Tuesday with the return of their most high profile starter, Sonny Gray, and leadoff man Rajai Davis.

Astros to activate Jake Marisnick on Monday

The Astros will activate outfielder Jake Marisnick from the seven-day concussion disabled list before Monday night's series opener against the Texas Rangers.

Astros’ Alex Bregman not satisfied with his April production

Alex Bregman's first April as a major leaguer ended Sunday with manager A.J. Hinch giving him a day off. The 23-year-old third baseman posted just a .650 OPS in the season's first month and is the only Astros position player still searching for his first home run.

Shades of ‘15 Cy Young form for Keuchel in ‘17

When Dallas Keuchel won the American League's Cy Young Award in 2015 and helped lead the Astros to the postseason, the momentum started with a spectacular April. Back then, Houston's lefty ace went 3-0 in the season's first month with a 0.73 ERA in five starts, and his team paced the AL West at 15-7.

McCullers, Cashner open Lone Star Series

The Rangers and the Astros open play Monday at Minute Maid Park with native Texan Andrew Cashner getting the nod opposite Lance McCullers Jr. in the intrastate rivalry.

Around the League

The Nationals might be without Adam Eaton for the rest of 2017

Sunday’s Say Hey, Baseball features a tough injury for Adam Eaton, a game-tying three-homer barrage, and more drug testing for Eric Thames.

The Mets are a frightening mess, so let’s see who we can blame

Everything is going wrong for the presumed contenders, and it’s all going wrong at once.

Harper sets MLB record for runs in April

Bryce Harper's torrid first month of the season has ended in record-breaking fashion.

The Nat-ural! Rendon: 6-for-6, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs

Third baseman's career game highlights Nats' record-setting outburst vs. Mets

The Power and the Questioned Glory of Baseball’s Save Stat

Addison Reed is the Mets’ setup man, the reliever who pitches the penultimate inning of the game based on the modern construction of baseball bullpens. All innings count the same, yet closers, who handle the game’s final inning, get much of the fame and the financial rewards that come with it.

Baseball’s New Pitch-Tracking System Is Just A Bit Outside

As MLB switches from PITCHf/x to Statcast, the new tool is going through growing pains.