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Houston Astros News: May 31, 2017

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

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Astros News

Mike Fiers solid vs. Twins as Astros extend winning streak to six

Four days after being told he was out of the Astros' rotation, Mike Fiers came back with one of his best starts in a mostly struggle-filled first two months of the season.

Jose Berrios struggles for Twins, lasts just five innings in 7-2 loss to Houston

Twins manager Paul Molitor winced at the thought of Jose Berrios needing to be a stopper on Tuesday.

Astros place Joe Musgrove on DL; David Paulino to start Wednesday

Astros starting pitcher Joe Musgrove was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday because of discomfort in his pitching shoulder he experienced Monday when playing catch.

Astros top prospect Kyle Tucker promoted to Class AA

Twenty-year-old outfielder Kyle Tucker, the Astros' best prospect and also their most valuable minor league trade chip, was promoted to Class AA Corpus Christi on Tuesday.

Astros call up Reymin Guduan from Class AAA

Lefthanded reliever Reymin Guduan will join the Astros at Target Field ahead of Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Minnesota Twins.

Astros in good shape for years to come

Somewhat silently over the past couple years as the Chicago Cubs were turning into a championship-caliber team, another one has been following the same blueprint like the Yankees are now as I have written about in the recent past.

Astros go for seven in a row behind Paulino

The Twins and Astros will conclude their three-game series on Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. CT at Target Field. Left-hander Hector Santiago will take the ball for Minnesota, while Houston will trot out right-hander David Paulino for the finale.

Around the League

Bryce Harper suspended 4 games for fight, Hunter Strickland suspended 6

Throwing a baseball and starting an altercation are worse than throwing a helmet and continuing it, according to MLB.

Bryce Harper leading National League by plenty in 2017 All-Star Game voting

Harper is nearly doubling the votes of the next-closest outfielder, and I’m sure that’s all everyone will be able to talk about today.

Who Needs A DH? The NL Is Outhitting The AL, Somehow

The American League’s hitting superiority over the National League was essentially etched in stone when the designated hitter was introduced in 1973. When it came to leaguewide numbers, baseball’s Senior Circuit had no chance of competing with its counterpart because the NL was constantly being weighted down by its weak-hitting pitchers who got a regular turn in the lineup.

Should Managers Save Their Challenges?

A refresher on the rules: Both teams’ managers start the game with one challenge, and receive another if their first challenge is successful.

And I will leave you with a couple of big home runs: