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Houston Astros News: May 17, 2017

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

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Astros News

Astros beat Marlins, are off to best 40-game start in club history

Even if they had lost Tuesday, the Astros would have secured their best 40-game start in franchise history. That fact alone is something to behold. Through a quarter of their season, they've been the best team in baseball.

Astros pounce on Koehler for eight runs early, cruise to win over Marlins

Josh Reddick ripped the first pitch of Tuesday night’s game under Dee Gordon for a single. For the Marlins, it was the beginning of the end.

Dallas Keuchel earns seventh win as Astros rout Marlins

Unbeaten ace Dallas Keuchel became the first seven-game winner in the majors despite pitching only five innings, his shortest outing this season, and the Houston Astros beat the sinking Miami Marlins 12-2 on Tuesday night.

Lance McCullers set for emotional start in Astros' finale vs. Marlins

Lance McCullers Jr. arrived at Marlins Park a little early Tuesday afternoon and walked around outside along the perimeter of the stadium. Soon, the Astros starting pitcher found his destination: the memorial wall dedicated to late Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.

Astros’ reliever James Hoyt starting to pile up the strikeouts

The video game-like strikeout numbers Astros reliever James Hoyt recorded in Class AAA have started to translate to the majors.

Around the League

The Fly Ball Revolution is Hurting As Many Batters As It’s Helped

From J.D. Martinez to Josh Donaldson, hitters throughout the big leagues have been honing a new approach at the plate, hunting for big flies and eschewing worm burners. It’s a change rooted in the latest metrics, which say balls hit in the air tend to be more valuable than grounders — particularly since the home run surge of 2015 started turning a higher percentage of fly balls into home runs than ever.

Pujols passes Yaz, follows up with walk-off

Slugger now 11th all-time in RBIs; drives winning 1B in 11th

Rangers win 7th straight behind Darvish gem

The Rangers have fought their way back to the .500 mark, while the Phillies continue their slide in the National League East.

The Yankees are enjoying an absurd number of renaissance players

The players who weren’t supposed to do much this year for the Yankees are doing it all.

We don’t appreciate Freddie Freeman enough

Tuesday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at the monster run Freddie Freeman is on, Bryce Harper’s eventual contract, and some insight from Mike Matheny.

Eric Sogard's adorable daughter cried her heart out after Brewers lost

The Brewers will win next time!