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Houston Astros News: May 23, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

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Astros News

Astros edge Tigers to end losing streak

The Astros have not looked like themselves the last four games. They lost three consecutive games to the Indians over the weekend. Their Monday opener against the Detroit Tigers also unfolded uncharacteristically.

Brad Ausmus: Astros’ pitching, not weary legs, led to Tigers’ offense in 1-0 loss

They landed here around 4 a.m. Monday morning, a bumpy flight in the books, and arrived in their hotel rooms around 5 a.m., one heck of a tired bunch.

On the roster move front:

30 dancing! 1-hit shutout lifts Astros to 30th win

It took stellar pitching, air-tight defense and one timely hit to get the Astros back on track Monday night at Minute Maid Park.

Monday's best: Perez unhittable for Quad Cities

After showing flashes of dominance during his first four starts, left-hander Cionel Perez put it all together on Monday for Class A Quad Cities with an unhittable performance.

Rangers announcer: Houston fans’ overreaction to Astros’ start was ‘laughable’

To weeks ago, three weeks ago, the Astros had won the division, they were already in the World Series and they were planning the parade.

Around the League

The Pirates are having the saddest season in MLB, and now there are Gerrit Cole rumors

The Pirates’ season has been an unspeakable disappointment, which means it’s time to figure out if they should rebuild.

The Yankees have installed ‘The Judge’s Chambers’ to honor Aaron Judge, their extremely large homer man

All rise for Aaron Judge, home run monster from beneath the sea.

Rangers for real? Behind the numbers

Rangers fans can be forgiven for getting their hopes up. Their team has won 11 of their past 12 games, surging past .500 and into second place in the American League West and, at least from a snapshot of the current standings, appear to be doing it again.

Mike Trout Somehow Found A Way To Get Better

As a general rule, baseball players — specifically, the non-pitching variety — tend to break into the majors in their early 20s, improve pretty rapidly over their first handful of seasons, peak around age 271 and then begin the inexorable decline toward mediocrity (and retirement). But some special players begin their careers with such a bang that it’s difficult to imagine how they could get better, at least without breaking the game as we know it.