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Houston Astros News: July 12, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

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Astros News

Astros trio 0-for-7, but AL wins on Cano HR in 10th

“I just kind of started staring around and thought about a lot of stuff and how far you’ve come and how hard you have to work to get here,” [Springer] said. “It’s a special day for me.”

Houston Astros players live it up on, off the field during the 2017 All-Star Game in Miami

Houston Astros players are living it up in Miami ahead of the 2017 MLB All-Star Game, and their Instagram accounts prove it.

Now with Phillies, Pat Neshek still following Astros closely

Pat Neshek was completely on board when he was traded in November from the Astros to the Phillies in a glorified salary dump. His role with the Astros last season had been reduced essentially to that of a righthanded specialist. He felt he could have contributed more.

Houston Astros Should Pursue Brad Hand at the Trade Deadline

In need of a reliever for the postseason push, the Houston Astros should target Brad Hand as the trade deadline approaches.

Springer masters baseball, speech disorder

Astros star OF hopes to help others dealing with similar issues

All-Star veteran Altuve proud of Astros 'mates

Jose Altuve was barely 22 and only in his first full season in the big leagues when he made his first All-Star appearance five years ago.

Around the League

Nelson Cruz took a photo with umpire Joe West in the middle of the MLB All-Star Game

The All-Star Game is all about making memories, and that’s exactly what Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz did on Tuesday night. Before his at-bat in the sixth inning, Cruz paused the game to take a picture with umpire Joe West.

The 5 best moments of the 2017 MLB All-Star Game

The MLB All-Star Game doesn’t count anymore, but it’s still capable of entertaining us.

We regret to inform you that The Freeze lost his All-Star Game race

Maybe The Freeze isn’t a superhuman, after all. The Atlanta Braves costumed sensation made a name for himself this season by racing contestants between innings — giving his opponents a massive head start and still (usually) winning.

Bryce Harper wore these amazing cleats to honor Jose Fernandez at the All-Star Game

Bryce Harper is playing in the MLB All-Star Game in Miami on Tuesday night — and he’s decided to wear these amazing custom cleats to honor someone who won’t be there for the game: Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in September.