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Houston Astros News: July 24, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, July 24, 2017.

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Astros News

Lance McCullers struggles again in Astros' loss to Orioles

If Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow is on the fence about dealing prospects for another frontline starter before the July 31 trade deadline, perhaps Lance McCullers Jr.'s recent performances will sway him.

Avoiding sweep, Orioles start six-game trip hoping it's the road to the playoffs, not a dead end

The Orioles headed south Sunday night for a road trip that could determine the direction of the franchise.

Aoki, Altuve 3B shy of cycle, but Astros fall

Manny Machado knocked in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, then Zach Britton set an American League record with his 55th consecutive save to lift the Orioles to a thrilling 9-7 victory over the Astros on Sunday afternoon

Astros' Ken Giles excited for return trip to Philadelphia

The Astros' series opener against the Phillies on Monday night will signify Ken Giles' first game back at Citizens Bank Park since the finale of his first full major league season in 2015.

Britton gets AL saves record as Orioles beat Astros 9-7

Setting the American League record for consecutive saves converted requires a remarkable display of consistency.

Jose Altuve is Shining as the Engine That Powers the AL’s Best Team

Jose Altuve continued his 15-game hitting streak Sunday, with a third-inning three-run shot in the Astros’ 9–7 loss against the Orioles.Jose Altuve Is Shining as the Engine That Powers the AL's Best Team

Altuve rolling toward 2nd straight batting title

Astros All-Star 2B holds comfortable lead, thanks in part to road success.

Around the League

Clayton Kershaw leaves game with lower back tightness

Dodgers LHP missed over two months in 2016 with herniated disc in his back.

Red Sox calling up top prospect Devers for 3B

Lefty hitter will be on bench Monday in Seattle, start Tuesday vs. Felix

MLB Trade Rumors: Dodgers interested in Yu Darvish

As the trade deadline nears, the Texas Rangers could potentially gear up to trade a few pieces away. Impending free agent Yu Darvish could be their big sell.

MLB Buzz: Trade talk, deals and rumors

As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline nears, we’ll keep you up to date with the latest news, buzz, rumors and more.

Baseball’s Best Teams Are Too Damn Good

A week ago, I wrote about how both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros are in rare historical company this season. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo power ratings - which measure a team’s strength at any moment - each is playing roughly as well as the fabled 1927 Yankees played.