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Houston Astros News: July 3, 2017

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Astros rally to beat Yankees despite ongoing pitching problems | MLB | Sporting News
The Astros rallied to beat the Yankees despite more pitching woes and Dansby Swanson broke out for the Braves against the A's.

Astros' George Springer caps career-best month - Houston Chronicle
June 2017 was the best month of George Springer's four-year career. The Astros' leadoff man and soon-to-be first-time All-Star batted .333 with an American League-leading 11 home runs and a 1.145 OPS in 105 at-bats.

Astros' Paulino among three suspended | MiLB.com News
Pitching prospects David Paulino of the Houston Astros and Joan Gregorio of the San Francisco Giants were among three players suspended Saturday after testing positive for banned substances.

Astros prospect David Paulino suspended | MLB.com
HOUSTON -- Right-hander David Paulino, ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Astros' No. 3 prospect and the No. 44 prospect in the game, was suspended 80 games without pay on Saturday for testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Joe Musgrove dominant in first AAA start since demotion from Astros - Houston Chronicle
On Thursday night in his first start for Fresno since his demotion from the Astros, Joe Musgrove pitched seven scoreless innings in which he faced just one batter more than the minimum.. On Thursday night in his first start for Fresno since his demotion from the Astros, Musgrove pitched seven scoreless innings in which he faced just one batter more than the minimum.

Astros, Nationals boast three baseball All-Star Game starters
Three starters each from the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals were selected for the 88th Major League Baseball All-Star Game in voting results announced on Sunday. The annual mid-season contest of elite talent will be staged July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, with the National League leading the

Yankees on path to be like Astros, but far from matching them today - Yankees Blog- ESPN
The future is bright in the Bronx with five All-Stars still under age 30, but that hasn't helped New York halt its current pace of losing.

Houston Astros pitcher David Paulino gets 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing substance
Astros pitcher David Paulino, who is 2-0 in six starts this season, tested positive for Boldenone and has been suspended for 80 games.

Astros' Charlie Morton builds pitch count in third rehab start - Houston Chronicle
Pitching for the Astros' Class AA Corpus Christi affiliate in its game at Northwest Arkansas, Morton allowed just two unearned runs, only one hit and two walks. In his third and expected-to-be final rehab start before he returns to the Astros' rotation, Charlie Morton completed only 4 1/3 innings but built his pitch count up to 74.

Astros call up Ashur Tolliver from Class AAA - Houston Chronicle
Tolliver, the only healthy Class AAA reliever who was already on the Astros' 40-man roster, has struggled mightily in Class AAA. The Astros called up reliever Ashur Tolliver from Class AAA Fresno before Sunday's series finale against the Yankees to fill the roster spot vacated the day before when they demoted Reymin Guduan. Tolliver, the only healthy Class AAA reliever who was already on the Astros' 40-man roster, has struggled mightily in Class AAA.


MLB News

2017 AL All-Star team announced: Aaron Judge, trio of Astros highlight roster | MLB | Sporting News
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge and a trio of Astros headline the AL All-Star starters announced Sunday night.

Picking the ideal participants of the 2017 Home Run Derby - SBNation.com
Who should hit dingers in a contrived format? These players. Only these players.

MLB All-Star Game 2017 rosters: Aaron Judge, Bryce Harper lead group headed to Miami - SBNation.com
The rosters for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game were announced on Sunday.

Cardinals' Adam Wainwright gets sunflower seed shower during TV interview - SBNation.com
So ... many ... sunflower seeds.

Babe Ruth’s ring and contract, owned by Charlie Sheen, auction for over $2 million each - SBNation.com
More like... ‘Two and a Half Million’