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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 18, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, September 18, 2017.

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Astros News

The West is won! Astros clinch first division title since 2001

Sixteen years had passed since the Astros last won a division title. In the intervening seasons, they made the franchise's lone World Series appearance, switched leagues and underwent one of the most extensive rebuilds the sport has witnessed.

Colin Moran set to rejoin Astros Tuesday

Infielder Colin Moran, who was placed on the disabled list July 23 after he was struck in the face by a foul ball off his own bat, was activated Sunday and will join the Astros on Tuesday.

Astros' AL West Title Serves as Reminder They Could Still Be Baseball's Best Team

The focus of the baseball world over the previous two months of the season has been on two teams: the Dodgers, first as the second coming of the 1927 Yankees and then as the reincarnation of the 2003 Tigers; and the Indians, who spent three weeks laying waste to the league around them amid their 22-game win streak.

Real or not? Justin Verlander brings the swagger back as Astros clinch

The Houston Astros have their swagger back.

Houston Astros clinch American League West

4th MLB team to secure postseason berth

Astros slug past M's, claim first AL West crown

A chance to clinch the American League West title and the home debut of Justin Verlander had the Astros in the mood to party on Sunday afternoon.

Around the League

So close! Tigers' Boyd 1 out shy of no-hitter

On the same day former Tiger Justin Verlander made his first start in Houston as an Astro, Matthew Boyd fell an out shy of becoming the first Tigers pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Verlander six years ago, tossing a one-hit shutout in a 12-0 Tigers win over the White Sox Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

‘Friends,’ the Sitcom That’s Still a Hit in Major League Baseball

When he returns home from the stadium, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis often gets into bed and watches reruns of “Friends.” Even though Galvis, 27, is from Venezuela and grasped English late in life, he is so addicted to the sitcom that he has watched every episode of the 10-season run at least five times — and counting — to the exasperation of his wife.

The Indians’ Win Streak Wasn’t MLB’s Longest — But It Might Be The Most Impressive

It had to end sometime.

Harper takes BP, aims to return for NLDS

Nationals star displays MVP form before Sunday's win