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Houston Astros News: May 8, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, May 8, 2017.

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Astros News

Jose Altuve powers Astros past Angels

Now comes a non-American League West portion of the Astros' schedule.

Angels can’t summon late-inning magic and fall to Astros, 5-3

They can’t all be thrillers. Some games just kind of happen, coming off almost flat, and defying recent history.

Astros’ Luke Gregerson working to rediscover movement on sinker

With a fastball that averages only 90 mph, Luke Gregerson has long relied on heavy sinking movement to be effective.

Astros release AAA starter Edison Frias

The Astros on Sunday released Edison Frias, a 26-year-old righthander and Class AAA starter who had been with the organization for six years.

Buies Creek Bombers: Martin, Tucker combine for 5 homers

Astros prospects Jason Martin and Kyle Tucker are heating up for Class A Advanced Buies Creek.

Morton, Astros set to host Bartolo, Braves

Along with getting a chance to catch up with two of their former catchers -- Brian McCann and Evan Gattis -- the Braves will also be reintroduced to Charlie Morton when they begin a two-game series against the Astros on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Around the League

18th holy! Yanks' sweep wows country, Cubs

It took 6 hours and 5 minutes, a record-setting number of strikeouts, more than 500 pitches from 15 pitchers, and a daring catch by Kyle Schwarber before the Cubs and Yankees settled matters Sunday night. Actually, it was early Monday morning when Aaron Hicks scored the game-winning run in the 18th inning, giving New York a 5-4 win and a series sweep.

The Yankees Shouldn’t Be This Good Yet. (Yet!)

Their hot start is unsustainable, but it’s a preview of seasons to come.

Saturday brought news on ailing aces

Sunday’s Say Hey Baseball brings you updates on a couple of star pitchers, the scoop on Edwin Encarnacion’s slow start, and an inexplicably disappointed Andrew Miller.

Mets suspend Matt Harvey for three days

The pitcher was suspended for “a violation of club rules.”

Bryce to see you: 10 nice comeback stories

So it is with comebacks. Players see them far differently than those of us on the outside. They understand that the game is hard, that sometimes the game gets the better of you, that it's about constantly adjusting and readjusting as scouting reports make their way from team to team.

Mariners’ Hisashi Iwakuma: Tuesday start in jeopardy

With fellow starters James Paxton and Felix Hernandez recently joining Drew Smyly on the DL, Iwakuma’s health has the Mariner’s brass holding their breath.