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Houston Astros News: May 9, 2017

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

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Astros games on Root Sports Southwest available for streaming

Astros games on Root Sports Southwest can be streamed beginning Tuesday by authenticated subscribers to DirecTV and Consolidated Communications in the Houston area via MLB.com, HoustonAstros.com and MLB At Bat.

Alex Bregman, Dansby Swanson to meet in majors for first time

Last July and August, Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson and Astros third baseman Alex Bregman became the quickest Nos. 1 and 2 overall draft picks to reach the majors since 1993 top selections Alex Rodriguez and Darren Dreifort.

Astros' Luke Gregerson auctioning off Team USA eagle for charity

When he returned to the Astros' spring training complex in March after the World Baseball Classic, reliever Luke Gregerson wasn't sure what would become of Team USA's good luck charm.

Now healthy, Keuchel channeling ‘15 command

It has been well-documented how the shoulder discomfort that plagued Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel last season contributed to a deterioration of his mechanics and, as a result, led to him struggling to place the ball where he wanted.

Around the League

Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon treated for suspected cancer

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon, a graduate of The Woodlands High School, underwent surgery Monday morning for suspected testicular cancer.

Dancing star David Ross keeps advancing

David Ross' storybook year has extended well past his role in the Cubs' World Series run last fall. A heralded celebrity participant on this season of "Dancing With the Stars," Ross and his dancing partner Lindsay Arnold have made it to the semifinals after some spirited performances that touched on everything from '90s nostalgia to "Magic Mike."

Rough Knight: Mets have a headache

It has been widely reported that the trouble between Matt Harvey and the Mets began with a migraine for Harvey after a Saturday morning round of golf, his team not scheduled to play until that evening at Citi Field.

The Giants might be the worst team in baseball, but they’ll never rebuild

Aging teams in the middle of disappointing seasons tend to hold fire sales in July. The Giants won’t be one of those teams.

First of their countrymen to play in MLB

Gift Ngoepe is the first player in major league history from Africa. Here’s a look at the first player from every country other than the United States represented in the majors since 1900:

The Predictable Bias of MLB Network

I’ve been around enough to know that East Coast Bias–say it with capital letters, folks–isn’t fiction. It’s something the rest of us just live with, like noise from leaf blowers. I also realize the Yankees are baseball’s flagship franchise, an organization so powerful they buy free agents in bulk, lead the league in farewell tours and boast their own TV network.