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Houston Astros News: July 31, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, July 31, 2017.

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Astros News

Lance McCullers' slump continues in Astros' loss to Tigers

Lance McCullers Jr., a pitcher renowned for the tight spin of his curveball, has unwound the last month.

Justin Verlander tips caps, Justin Upton hits slam in Tigers' 13-1 win

Verlander threw six shutout innings, and Upton went 4-for-5 with six RBIs and a grand slam to take the series from the AL-leading Astros

In his own words: Jeff Bagwell’s Hall of Fame speech

Thank you. Thank you so much. Y'all from Houston, you know I don't like all this attention. This is actually a really unbelievable day. I'm so humbled to be here, to be surrounded by some of the greats that ever played this game.

Astros' Joe Musgrove experiencing highs and lows of bullpen life

Since getting moved to the bullpen when he was crowded out of the rotation, Joe Musgrove has tried adjusting to the unpredictable life of a long reliever.

Real or not? Astros need a starting pitcher, Dodgers might never lose again

On the heels of Monday's trade deadline, however, my big takeaway from the day's action is this: Do the Houston Astros need a starting pitcher?

Monday is Baseball's Trade Deadline — And the Astros Still Need Pitchers

For a couple hours, Houston Astros fans got a reprieve from the reality of the rare valley in which they've found themselves during a season full of peaks, as Jeff Bagwell was inducted in the the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Houston Astros Jeff Bagwell: The trade that changed a franchise forever

This Sunday, Houston Astros legend Jeff Bagwell will be officially inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. He joins fellow teammate Craig Biggio to receive the honor of being enshrined in the hall.

White saves Astros' banged-up 'pen by pitching

First baseman retires three straight batters in 8th after allowing single, homer

Around the League

Rangers trade Jonathan Lucroy to Rockies

The catcher is on the move for the second straight deadline.

Tigers trade Justin Wilson, Alex Avila to Cubs

Chicago emerged as a serious suitor Sunday night after discussing multiple scenarios with Detroit over the last few weeks.

The Adrian Beltre Encyclopedia

This is everything you need to know about the wonderful Adrian Beltre, the newest member of MLB’s 3,000 hit club.

Adrian Beltre is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and I’m not sure when that happened

Adrian Beltre is the 31st major leaguer in history to collect his 3,000th career hit. But when did he become an obvious Hall of Famer?

The Rays will continue Curtis Granderson's 'We Follow Lucas Duda' tradition

For two years, the MetsCurtis Granderson had been running an Instagram account called “wefollowlucasduda.” As the name suggests, Granderson puts up posts where he follows Lucas Duda, whether he’s in the locker room, on TV, or in a throwback photo. On July 27, the Mets traded Duda to the Rays, which subsequently put Granderson’s Duda fan account in jeopardy of being obsolete.

2017 MLB trade deadline rumor tracker

All the trade rumors and completed deals in one convenient place.