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Houston Astros News: May 2, 2017

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

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Benches clear in Astros’ win over Rangers

Not even six innings were complete before the animosity between the Astros and Rangers manifested itself on the field Monday night at Minute Maid Park.

Buckle up: Scrum in Rangers-Astros opener could just be the beginning for rivals in 2017

A few words about the Rangers-Astros series: Buckle up.

Astros skipping prospect Francis Martes’ turn in AAA rotation

The Astros periodically have some of their best pitching prospects skip starts in the minors to preserve their innings for later in the season.

Rangers push Yu Darvish’s next start past Astros series

The Astros won't face the Texas Rangers' Yu Darvish this week after all.

Astros KO Rangers after benches clear

An inning after benches and bullpens emptied and tempers flared following a pitch thrown by Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. behind the back of Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli, the Astros delivered the knockout blow by scoring five times in the seventh Monday night to beat the Rangers, 6-2, at Minute Maid Park.

Around the League

Adam Jones says he was ‘called the N-word’ by fans during game at Fenway Park

The outfielder also had a bag of peanuts thrown at him Monday night.

Noah Syndergaard placed on the disabled list with partial lat tear

No timetable has been set for his return

The Nationals are the best team in baseball, even without Adam Eaton

Losing Adam Eaton for the season was a huge blow for the Nationals. They still have a monstrous 25-man roster that demands tribute and human sacrifice.

Before Baseball-Reference, Statheads Relied On The ‘Big Mac’

The first really good baseball encyclopedia weighed 6.5 pounds and helped kick off the sabermetrics revolution.

Oh, and in case you missed it...the Houston Rockets blitzed the Spurs in Game 1. It was the perfect storm of three pointers from the Astros’ neighbors as they embarrassed the Spurs! With the home court advantage now in hand, the Rockets can’t afford to be complacent, look for the Rockets to get greedy Wednesday night as they push for a 2-0 series lead.