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Houston Astros News: July 20, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, July 20, 2017.

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Astros News

James Paxton, Mariners stymie Astros to take series

James Paxton twisted the Astros with his knuckle curve and sliced through them with cutters in the Mariners' 4-1 win at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday afternoon.

James Paxton shuts down Astros as Mariners cap 5-1 road trip

Paxton pitched seven innings and allowed just one run with a walk and seven strikeouts, and the Mariners climbed back to .500 for the season. They return to Seattle for a 10-game homestand that begins Thursday night at Safeco Field.

Astros minor leaguer Alex Winkelman falls shy of no-hitter

Alex Winkelman almost made history for the Astros' Class AA affiliate Wednesday night.

Keuchel eyes return after Saturday rehab start

Astros left-handed ace Dallas Keuchel will officially need another rehab start.

Houston Astros Should Expedite Zach Britton Pursuit Before Deadline

With the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning talks with the Baltimore Orioles for their All Star Closer Zach Britton, the Astros need to step up.

What are the Dodgers and Astros looking to do at the deadline?

Andrew Friedman's friends in the industry and executives who've dealt with the Los Angeles Dodgers' president of baseball operations through the years can attest that he is no fan of July transactions. Friedman prefers to shape his roster in the quiet of winter, when trade discussions have time to marinate and deals aren't driven by emotion or an externally generated "sense of urgency.'' This is the way he rolls.

Around the League

Nolan Arenado had a 3-homer, 5-hit day to power Colorado past San Diego

Arenado beat San Diego all by himself.

Kris Bryant exits Cubs game after injuring hand on slide

The Cubs’ best player slid head-first into third base and hit a cleat along the way.

MLB trade rumors roundup: Alex Avila, Yu Darvish, and more

All the latest trade rumors in one easy roundup.

The Yankees Just Solved All of Their Biggest Problems With One Trade

Adding Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle secures the present without compromising the future

Mexico City Would Be MLB’s Highest Home Run Haven

Expansion momentum is building, but the high-altitude site would pose concerns for the sport

Batting Average Is So 19th Century

A Hot Takedown Stat School on the many ways to measure MLB hitters.