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Houston Astros News: June 21, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

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Astros News

Astros tag Sonny Gray for five-run first in win over A's

It stands to reason that the better Oakland Athletics righthander Sonny Gray pitches before the July 31 trade deadline, the more motivated the Astros would be to part with some of their best prospects to acquire him.

A’s Sonny Gray looks like trade bait despite loss to Houston Astros

After a nightmarish beginning to the game, A’s ace Sonny Gray showed why contenders will covet him in next month’s upcoming trade deadline.

Martes bends, doesn't break to earn 2nd win

Astros starter Francis Martes continued to show why he's ranked the team's top prospect.

Single-season record for leadoff homers in reach for Astros' George Springer

Matching or even surpassing Alfonso Soriano's major league-record for most leadoff homers in a season is becoming more and more realistic for George Springer.

If results hold, Astros would have three starters in All-Star Game

Carlos Correa and George Springer expanded their margins in All-Star Game voting, increasing the odds the Astros have three players voted in by the fans as starters for the first time in franchise history.

Lance McCullers Jr. on track to start Saturday, end DL stop

Right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. is expected to come off the disabled list for the Houston Astros and start Saturday at Seattle, according to manager A.J. Hinch.

Astros' Charlie Morton: Should return before All-Star break

Morton (latissimus) will require multiple starts while on rehabilitation assignment, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fiers looks to keep rolling vs. Oakland

Two pitchers who haven't lost in a while will face off in Oakland when the Astros face the A's on Wednesday night at the Coliseum.

Around the League

Cody Bellinger is modern baseball, and that’s not a bad thing

Well, it is for the rest of the National League, but the sport will be just fine.

LA, LA grand: 3 Seager HRs; Bellinger? 22!

Given a front-row seat for Cody Bellinger's historic home run binge, Corey Seager did his best on Tuesday to remind Angelenos that his teammate isn't the only bright young supernova on these new-look Dodgers, who have 11 wins in their last 12 games.

Cole, Gray emerging as top starters available

Aaron Judge vs. Cody Bellinger is everyone's favorite baseball discussion.

Well, not quite everyone. Trade Deadline aficionados are fixated on a different comparison.

Gerrit Cole vs. Sonny Gray.

The Brilliance of the Brewers’ Unconventional Rebuild

Instead of following the Astros’ and Cubs’ blueprint, Milwaukee’s trying to get back to the top without ever bottoming out. Here’s how.

Clayton Kershaw Has a Home Run Problem

The Dodgers ace is surrendering long balls at an alarming rate this season, and it may be due to the location of his once-dominant fastball.