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Houston Astros News: June 26, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, June 26, 2017.

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Astros News

Bullpen comes through for Astros in win against Mariners

Ahead of an off day Monday, Astros manager A.J. Hinch deployed three of his best relievers to help get through Sunday's 8-2 win against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

Disputed call at home plate looms large as Mariners drop series finale to Astros

The Mariners lost 8-2 to the Astros on Sunday to slip back to .500, so maybe one play in the second inning wouldn’t have mattered.

Takeaways: Houston shows Mariners how high the bar is in AL West

Certainly after a hot-hitting June, and buoyed by the knowledge that they are finally getting fully healthy, the Mariners have plenty to look forward to as the season shifts to the summer months.

Astros' Lance McCullers making a case for All-Star nod

If Lance McCullers Jr. isn't selected to pitch in his first All-Star Game July 11 in Miami, it's only because of a lack of innings compared to other elite American League starters.

Struggling Astros starter Joe Musgrove demoted to Class AAA

A day after Joe Musgrove allowed nine runs in 3 2/3 innings and saw his ERA inflate to 6.01, the Astros demoted the struggling starter to Class AAA Fresno.

It's not too early to ponder Astros-Dodgers WS

Sure, it's way too early to speculate about how much fun an Astros-Dodgers World Series would be, which is why it's the perfect time to do just that. Let's get out in front of this thing.

Around the League

Home Run Derby 2017: Giancarlo Stanton to defend his crown at home

The participants for the 2017 Home Run Derby haven’t yet been announced, but we do know the defending champion will be in the field.

Three Athletics rookies did something that hasn’t been done in 103 years

In Sunday’s Say Hey, Baseball, we look at an incredible baseball feat, the possibility of a Cardinals rebuild, and a major gap in Cody Bellinger’s pop culture knowledge.

College World Series 2017 scores and bracket: LSU, Florida advance to finals

Championship series begins Monday night

LA's 10 streak: 5 wild runs, 2 Cody HRs, Kenley 2B

The Dodgers trailed by five runs in the third, but they got two home runs from Cody Bellinger and scored five runs on four Adam Ottavino wild pitches in the seventh and eighth innings to stun the Rockies, 12-6, for their season-high 10th straight victory on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

Strikeouts Can’t Kill Baseball (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Whiff)

The narrative around rising strikeout, home run, and game-time totals is gaining steam, but it’s a large leap from “baseball is different” to “baseball is doomed.”