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Houston Astros News: May 15, 2017

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, May 15, 2017.

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Astros News

Chris Devenski has rare bad outing in Astros’ loss to Yankees

It's rare to see Astros manager A.J. Hinch walking to the mound to take the ball from Chris Devenski.

On Derek Jeter’s night, Astros’ No. 2 crashes party with grand slam

The buzz around Yankee Stadium had barely dissipated from Derek Jeter's number retirement ceremony when the Astros' No. 2 crashed the party.

Yankees and Astros Split Doubleheader on Derek Jeter Night

Derek Jeter Night would be a hard act for anyone to follow. For Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees, it proved impossible.

Astros’ Lance McCullers helps neglected puppy find a home

The Astros are winning on the field with the best 35-game start in franchise history. But it's pitcher Lance McCullers who is also winning off the field.

Monument Park blazers were Beltran’s idea

Despite playing less than three seasons with the Yankees, Astros slugger Carlos Beltran left his mark on the organization in a way he never imagined he would.

On the injury front: Astros activated a couple of prospects from the disabled list in Teoscar Hernandez and David Paulino over the weekend.

Musgrove opens Interleague set in Miami

The Astros, who at 26-12 have the best record in baseball, feature one of the most potent offenses in the Majors, and on Monday night, they will face a Marlins starter who hasn't yielded many hits.

Around the League

May 13 was a great day to be Bryce Harper

Sunday’s Say Hey, Baseball talks about Bryce Harper’s lavish contract for 2018 and his massive walk-off homer on Saturday.

The Yankees retirement ceremony for Derek Jeter’s number was pretty great

Salute, No. 2.

Mom’s Day in MLB: Dozens of pics, poses

Moms have a difficult job. Not only do they have to bring us into the world, but they are relied on for love, kindness, emotional support and, of course, lunch money.

Kill the Win? Pitchers Weigh In

Since the start of the 2016 season, a starting pitcher has gone at least seven innings while allowing two or fewer earned runs 1,071 times. In one out of every three of those instances (350), the starter did not register a win. In 102 of those cases, the starting pitcher actually took the loss.

As Home Run Rates Rise, MLB Offers Evidence That the Ball Isn’t Juiced

Amid a record-setting (and eyebrow-raising) dinger surge, the league has shared with The Ringer exclusive research that seems to support its position that the ball hasn’t been altered to boost scoring — and, in turn, fan interest. What does it mean for the sport’s future?

The Best Team in the National League Has a Massive Weak Link

Just over a month into the season, Washington is practically a shoo-in for the postseason. But unless they fix their bullpen, the Nationals could be looking at another early playoff exit.