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Houston Astros News: June 8, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, June 8, 2017.

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After Dallas Keuchel scratched, Astros bullpen gives up 7 in loss to Royals

Moments before the national anthem Wednesday night, Astros manager A.J. Hinch exited the third-base dugout and traversed the field at Kauffman Stadium. As he approached the opposing dugout he called out for his counterpart, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost, who stepped out to the on-deck circle.

Royals hold off Astros 7-5, will win season series

The pitching showdown Wednesday between Jason Vargas and Dallas Keuchel never materialized because Keuchel didn’t materialize.

Astros call up fresh bullpen arm in Dayan Diaz

The Astros swapped lefthander Reymin Guduan for a fresh bullpen arm in righthander Dayan Diaz ahead of Wednesday night's game against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

McCann's 4-hit game isn't enough to slow KC

Royals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert had two hits and three RBIs in a rare start, while shortstop Alcides Escobar had two hits and two RBIs in a 7-5 win over the short-handed Astros on Wednesday night.

Relive the 11 Best Moments from the Astros' 11-Game Winning Streak

All great things eventually come to an end. The Roman Empire, The Bourne Ultimatum, the new Kendrick Lamar album. All those things are great. And they all ended. Case meet point.

McCullers looking to bounce back against KC

Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. will look to bounce-back from a disappointing outing, while Royals righty Jason Hammel will try to complete a third quality start in four outings when they square off in the finale of a four-game set on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium.

Around the League

Kyle Seager was trolled by an infielder pitching in a blowout

They’re former teammates, but I’d like to think this violated 37 different unwritten rules.

The Mets Pitching Staff Went From Great To Garbage In The Blink Of An Eye

To say it’s been a challenging season in Queens would be an understatement.

After Trout

OK, fine. He’s coming back in five to seven weeks, and who knows, Mike Trout is so good that maybe he’ll still win MVP. But for now, baseball is without its unanimous best player, so there’s a temporary power vacuum in MLB. Who’s going to rise to the top?

The Collateral Damage of Victory Showers

On May 27, Guerin Austin, sideline reporter for Red Sox network NESN, got a face full of Gatorade.

Finally, in a night full of big moments: Kershaw bests Strasburg in battle of NL heavyweights, Trey Mancini flexes his muscles in Orioles comeback win, and the Yankees barehanded their way to a victory over Boston.