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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 12, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

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Astros News

On Deck: Astros at Angels

The Astros enter Tuesday's series opener with a magic number of seven, meaning any combination of Astros wins and Angels losses are needed for them to clinch their first division title since 2001.

The week ahead in MLB: Astros, Indians trying to shave down magic number

While we wait to see if the Cleveland Indians will ever lose again or if the Los Angeles Dodgers will ever win, there’s a big week of baseball ahead of us.

Inbox: Can Correa heat up down the stretch?

Beat reporter Brian McTaggart answers questions from fans

4. Houston Astros (86–57, plus-144, LT: 2)

It’s not as extreme a case as it is with the Dodgers, who’ve gone from challenging for the best record in MLB history to losing 10 in a row and 15 of 16. Still, the Astros were swept by the lowly A’s this weekend, are now just 26-–8 in the second half, and they’ve relinquished the top seed in the American League to a historically hot Cleveland squad.

Around the League

Indians extend win streak to 19 games, tied for 7th-longest in baseball history

The Tigers didn’t come close to handing Cleveland a loss.

Worth the wait: Giants keep Dodgers reeling

The Dodgers’ historic spiral continued Monday night and well into Tuesday morning. In a game delayed twice by weather for a total of more than 3 12 hours, the last-place Giants’ 8-6 win at AT&T Park extended the Dodgers’ losing streak to a Los Angeles record 11 wither 16th defeat in 17 games.

The Dodgers Can’t Stop Losing for a Simple Reason

The best team in baseball has lost 10 in row. Both the pitching and hitting are to blame.

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