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Houston Astros News: July 5, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

Powerful Astros pound Newcomb early in 16-4 rout of Braves
The Astros were in town on the Fourth of July, the Braves were surging after a weekend sweep at Oakl...

Astros move to 30 games above .500 with rout of Braves - Houston Chronicle
Light afternoon showers forced the Astros to the indoors cages for batting practice Tuesday, so their first swings on the field at SunTrust Park didn't come until first pitch.

Astros' Dallas Keuchel could progress to mound work this week - Houston Chronicle
Astros ace Dallas Keuchel could progress beyond playing catch by week's end.

Health Notes: Bettis, Tomas, Duke, Rodriguez, Astros, Davis - MLB Trade Rumors
The Astros have successfully weathered a slew of rotation injuries of late; needless to say, though, the team will be glad to welcome back its missing arms. Righty Charlie Morton will be activated to start on Friday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle writes, and he’ll be interesting to watch upon his return.

Charlie Morton to return to the Astros' rotation Friday - Houston Chronicle
Morton, who was sidelined by a strained right lat, should be able to provide the Astros up to about 90 pitches in his first start off the disabled list.

The walk-up song for each Astros player - Houston Chronicle
Sometimes baseball players' walk-up songs just make sense.

MLB News

Grading Aaron Judge and the rest of the 2017 Home Run Derby participants -
Just how watchable is this Home Run Derby going to be? That depends on how much you want to watch young stars instead of veterans.

Major League Baseball has a racism problem -
Tuesday’s Say Hey, Baseball talks about Angel Hernandez’s lawsuit against MLB, ice cream, and an unlikely tale of the concussion of a Mets prospect.

Aaron Judge officially joining the 2017 Home Run Derby -
Baseball’s large dinger behemoth appreciates the offerings you’ve left at his altar, and he has answered your wishes.

Freddie Freeman is moving to third base, and the odds are against him -
The headline I wanted was "Freddie Freeman is moving to third base, where he’ll flop," but that seems rude.