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Houston Astros News: June 30, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, June 30, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

Why the Oakland A's will never be the Houston Astros
This week's biggest mismatch -- Houston vs. Oakland -- wasn't just a first-place team battling a last-place team. It was a franchise that tanked to turn itself around facing a franchise that refuses to take the plunge.

Carlos Correa powers Astros to 6-1 win over Athletics - Houston Chronicle
As the starters have come up short in June, the bullpen and offense have compensated to sturdy the Astros atop the major-league standings.

Three Astros prospects selected to play in Futures Game - Houston Chronicle
Three of the Astros' best prospects were selected to play in the July 9 Futures Game, which kicks off three days of All-Star festivities at Marlins Park in Miami.

A few positives for A’s despite loss to Astros - SFGate
If a pretty good loss is possible, the A’s put together one Thursday.

Astros' Dallas Keuchel waiting on return until he's fully healthy - Houston Chronicle
If the public is to take Dallas Keuchel at his word, then the lefty ace could stroll to the mound today and reprieve a bullpen that is more strained than his creaky neck.

Dollar Hot Dog Nights score for Astros fans with big appetites - CultureMap Houston
To accommodate the hot dog-buying public, the Houston Astros open six to 12 extra concession stands that sell hot dogs only on Wednesday Dollar Hot Dog Nights.

MLB News

Juiced baseballs even more likely to be responsible for all these homers -
Friday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at another study on changes to the baseball, Bartolo Colon’s career, and a pair of unfortunate injuries.

Yankees rookie Dustin Fowler injures knee in 1st inning of major league debut -
Yankees outfielder Dustin Fowler made his major league debut on Thursday night, but got hurt in the first inning and might be out the rest of the season after needing knee surgery.

Kris Bryant sprains ankle in Cubs’ loss to Nationals -
Cubs slugger Kris Bryant left Wednesday’s game against the Nationals with a sprained ankle.

Fan who chucked beer can from upper deck banned from MLB games for year -
The beer bandit from the 2017 AL Wild Card Game has regrets.

Bartolo Colon might have pitched his last game -
Big Sexy was designated for assignment by the Braves, and the odds aren’t good that he’ll be back with a new team.

If Reds’ Zack Cozart becomes an All-Star, Joey Votto will buy him a donkey -
‘Tis the season to give.