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Houston Astros News: July 25, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

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Astros News

Jose Altuve continues torrid July in Astros win over Phillies

Jose Altuve has made a giant dent in Aaron Judge's American League MVP candidacy, which at the end of the season's first half looked close to a slam dunk.

Astros bully Vince Velasquez, Phillies in rain-soaked night

The top of the fourth inning Monday night lasted almost 2 hours and 15 minutes. It began with a Vince Velasquez walk, outlasted a punishing thunderstorm, and devolved into one team bullying another that is 30 games behind them in the standings.

Altuve 4 hits for 2nd day in row, Astros rout Phillies 13-4

Like any good magician, Jose Altuve isn’t sharing his secrets.

Outfielder Derek Fisher to join Astros in Philadelphia

Outfield prospect Derek Fisher will join the Astros for his second stint with the team ahead of Tuesday night's game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

George Springer exits Astros-Phillies game with quad injury

George Springer was pulled after two innings of the Astros' 13-4 win against the Phillies on Monday night because of what the team described as left quad discomfort.

Road warrior: Altuve hitting at historic pace

Astros star batting .433 away from home, highest since MLB integrated in '47

Keuchel, McHugh likely to start this weekend

Astros ace 'check-marked all those boxes,' says Hinch; Harris also nearing return

Around the League

MLB trade rumors roundup: Giancarlo Stanton, Michael Fulmer, and more

With only a week to go until the deadline, here are all the latest rumors.

The Royals and Padres complete a 6-player deal including Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter, and Travis Wood

Five of the six players changing hands are pitchers.

Twins finally acquire Jaime Garcia from the Braves for Huascar Ynoa

Atlanta catcher Anthony Recker is also going to Minnesota in the trade.

Clayton Kershaw could miss 4-6 weeks with back injury

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

Pitchers Are (Slowly) Adapting To The Home Run Spike

For the past two years, baseball’s power surge has turned anonymous middle infielders into 30-home-run hitters and made power-happy rookies look like the second coming of Babe Ruth.

Anthony Rendon Is Baseball’s Unknown Superstar

On a Nationals team team full of big names putting up big numbers, Rendon’s 2017 season hasn’t garnered the recognition that it deserves. So, we’ll say it: He’s one of the best players in baseball.