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Houston Astros News: June 2, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, June 2, 2017.

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Astros News

How this Astros' powerhouse was built

When Jim Crane took over as the Astros' owner after the 2011 season, he hired Jeff Luhnow as general manager a month later. On Luhnow's first day, the Astros made a minor acquisition, trading minor leaguer Marco Duarte for Marwin Gonzalez.

Hinch's connection with players key to success

Astros skipper leading baseball's top club entering June

After Years Of Tanking, The Astros Are Now The Best In Baseball

There’s a surprising new best team in baseball, and it doesn’t reside in Chicago, New York or L.A.

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa turns in a month to remember

Shortstop sets personal highs in May that place him among elite in game

OK maybe ‘Sports Illustrated’ was right about the 2017 Astros

Thursday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at the dominance of the Astros, Mr. Met flipping off a fan, and Bryce Harper’s reduced suspension.

Keuchel-Darvish duel fuels action on MLB.TV

Two of the top pitchers in Texas will find themselves in a duel today, as the Dallas Keuchel-Yu Darvish showdown leads a strong slate of games streaming live on MLB.TV.

Around the League

Kris Bryant doesn’t seem interested in an extension with the Cubs

Friday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at something the Cubs don’t want to hear, Chicago’s struggles, and Mr. Met fallout.

Is it time for Cubs fans to panic?

Probably not. But maybe! But probably not.

Twins multiply, turn triple play vs. LA!

Before Thursday's game against the Angels, Twins third baseman Miguel Sano worked on his defense with third-base coach Gene Glynn with an emphasis on fielding grounders while positioned near the third-base bag.

NCAA baseball tournament 2017: Bracket, schedule, scores, and format

The field of 64 will be cut to 16 teams come Monday.

Get to know the Houston Regional

Just in case the Astros aren’t providing enough excitement to fulfill your baseball watching quota, this weekend will include a large slate of college games including a Texas trio in the Houston Regional in the Houston Cougars, Baylor Bears and Texas A&M Aggies.