McHugh logged 4 1/3 innings and built his pitch count up to 74 in his third rehab start with Class AA Corpus Christi on Monday night. He allowed three unearned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four against Arkansas.
Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. is available to pitch on full rest in Tuesday night's All-Star Game but said Monday he isn't sure whether he will get into the game.
Astros television ratings are up by double digits at the All-Star Game break, but the year-to-year growth in victories is still outpacing the growth in viewership.
Houston now enjoys a 16.5 game lead in American League West, the largest since the Seattle Mariners led by 19 games during the 2001 season, making the Astros a virtual lock to qualify for the playoffs. Their outlook beyond that, however, is less certain.
Amid the good times of the record-setting run of success the Houston Astros are enjoying this season, the bitter memory of 2013 lingers for some of their key players.
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The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers appear unbeatable. The Chicago Cubs appear lost in a post-World Series fog. The Washington Nationals need a closer, the New York Yankees a first baseman, the New York Mets a wrecking ball.