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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, July 14, 2017.

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Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros atop odds to win World Series at Las Vegas sportsbooks
The Dodgers are 3-1 to win the World Series at Westgate, with the Astros second at 9-2 odds.

Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers surefire World Series bets | HardballTalk
With baseball starting up again now that the all-star break is over the Dodgers are +350 favorites on the 2017 World Series odds followed by the Astros at +425, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Former Astros slugger Colby Rasmus to 'step away from baseball' - Houston Chronicle
In the Astros' six playoff games in 2015, he went 11-for-26 with four home runs. Former Astros fan favorite Colby Rasmus has decided to "step away from baseball," according to the Tampa Bay Rays. In the Astros' six playoff games in 2015, he went 11-for-26 with four home runs.

Astros host Twins, set sail on second half (Jul 14, 2017) | FOX Sports
HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros had braced themselves for elevated expectations heading into this season following a series of savvy veteran acquisitions that positioned the club to make the significant leap from ordinary postseason contender to legitimate World Series title threat.

Best Astros promotional giveaways still left on the schedule - Houston Chronicle
The Astros have just 36 home games left in the regular season, but some of their more unique promotional giveaways are still left on the schedule. The Astros have just 36 home games left in the regular season, but some of their more unique promotional giveaways are still left on the schedule.

Houston Astros: Team should check in with St. Louis Cardinals
The Houston Astros should start looking at all potential sellers now that Jose Quintana is off the board. The St. Louis Cardinals are one of them.

Astros revive title hopes in playoff push
The Houston Astros, battling the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in Major League Baseball as the second half of the season begins, have become a contender for their first title in their 56th campaign. Only the Dodgers, with the National League's top mark at 61-29, are superior and the two


Around the League

'I'm not trying to be a celebrity': A night with Marlins Man at the All-Star Game - SBNation.com
Miami lawyer Laurence Leavy has transformed himself into a meme and is taking enough selfies to stay that way.

How Pablo Sandoval's awful contract compares to MLB's worst - SBNation.com
There are some really bad contracts in MLB right now. And even worse than Sandoval’s, somehow.

Marathon minor league game will resume after storms, in the top of the 21st inning - SBNation.com
It could be the longest game in baseball history.

Red Sox designate Pablo Sandoval for assignment - SBNation.com
Sandoval is still owed around $50 million on his contract, but the Red Sox aren’t going to pay him to hurt their chances on the field.

The All-Star break is too short - SBNation.com
Friday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at the All-Star break, the Cubs acquiring Jose Quintana, and Tim Tebow’s walk-off.