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Houston Astros News: June 1, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, June 1, 2017.

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Simply a-May-zing: Astros finish sweep of Twins with 17-6 rout

Minnesota Twins reliever Ryan Pressly didn't even turn his head when George Springer connected with his elevated fastball. Left fielder Eddie Rosario hardly moved. The only uncertainty stemmed from whether the moonshot would reach Target Field's third deck or the upper reaches of its second.

Humbled at home, Twins leave town after Astros score 40 in three-game sweep

Houston smashed six home runs and completed a three-game sweep with a 17-6 dismantling at Target Field. Two pitchers were demoted after the game as the bullpen let a one-run game turn into another rout.

David Paulino completes only four innings in spot start for Astros

David Paulino allowed only two runs in his spot start for the Astros on Wednesday but wasn't efficient enough to complete more than four innings.

Astros' Reymin Guduan's big league promotion a long time in the making

Reymin Guduan's tenure in the Astros' organization predates most. The hard-throwing left handed reliever signed in Sept. 2009 when he was just 17. The Astros under then-general manager Ed Wade acquired the wiry Dominican as an international free agent for just a $55,000 bonus.

Already over? History says Nationals and Astros are virtual locks to win division titles

Houston leads the AL West by 11 games and Washington is up by 8 1/2 games in the NL East, which could leave the other teams in those divisions fighting for wild-card spots even with four months of the season remaining.

Beware, Rangers fans -- this Houston Astros machine might be built for the long term

OK, now can we say the AL West race is over?

Around the League

Mets are very sorry Mr. Met is flipping off their fans

The Mets do not condone this type of behavior.

Albert Pujols quietly sits one homer from 600

Wednesday’s Say Hey, Baseball talks about the plight of Albert Pujols, the aftermath of the Harper-Strickland brawl, and airborne baseballs.

May nearly a record-setting month for homers

The last 31 days saw 1,060 home runs hit, the second-highest total for a single month in Major League history. It fell nine homers shy of 1,069, the record for May and any calendar month set during the 2000 season.

Close races abound in AL All-Star balloting

Judge challenging Trout; Castro, Altuve separated by 536 votes

NL Central Concerns: What Happened?

Two years ago, the National League Central was the best division in baseball, and it wasn't particularly close.