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Houston Astros News: July 4, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

Astros announce signings of 26 international free agents - Houston Chronicle
The Astros, who are limited to signing bonuses of $300,000 or less for the next two international signing periods, announced the signings of 26 international free agents Monday.

MLB power rankings: The Astros remain the class of the AL |
No American League team looks as dominant as the Astros, one of baseball's most powerful teams that hardly ever strikes out.

Ranking the MLB teams after Week 13 of the season
With their dominance in the standings, the Dodgers and Astros have valid claims for the top slot in Week 13. And which team took a surprising tumble from the top 10?

The All-Star case for Astros' Marwin Gonzalez, Chris Devenski - Houston Chronicle
The Astros tied a franchise record Sunday when the league announced five players from the team had been selected to the 2017 All-Star Game in Miami next week.

Houston Astros Elite Prospect Forrest Whitley Impresses in High A Debut - Houston - Scout
Last night was a major step in the progression of top Houston Astros prospect Forrest Whitley's professional career.

On deck: Astros at Braves - Houston Chronicle
- The Astros (56-27) lead the majors in batting average (.283), on-base percentage (.349), slugging percentage (.487), home runs (133) and have struck out in the fewest percentage of plate appearances (17.4).

MLB News

MLB umpire Angel Hernandez files lawsuit against league alleging racial discrimination -
The suit says Hernandez has been passed over by MLB for World Series and permanent crew chief assignments "despite high marks on evaluations."

The starting lineups for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game wouldn’t have happened with paper ballots -
Corey Dickerson and Zack Cozart? Welcome to the era of internet voting.

Mike Trout won’t play in the 2017 MLB All-Star Game -
The superstar was voted in by the fans, but he won’t return from his thumb injury in time to represent the Angels in the All-Star Game.