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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 20, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

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Astros News

Astros take series opener against White Sox

Order had been restored in the Astros' clubhouse by the time the players arrived to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday afternoon. The furniture cleared out for Sunday afternoon's division title clinching celebration was back in place. The plastic sheeting that covered locker stalls had been thrown away.

Lucas Giolito takes loss, but also takes positive stride in development

Cheers rang out from the Minute Maid Park outfield Tuesday afternoon when Rick Renteria threw a batting practice pitch that broke a bat, and the White Sox manager pumped his fists toward his players who were celebrating.

Astros' Jose Altuve selected as recipient of Lou Gehrig Memorial Award

Astros star second baseman and American League MVP favorite Jose Altuve was selected Tuesday as this year's winner of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.

The Astros Are Surging Toward October and Justin Verlander Is Leading the Way

Remember the Houston Astros? You know, that team that roared to a 42–16 start, but lost its Flavor-of-the-Month popularity as the Cleveland Indians literally shook the rafters of Progressive Field with a once-in-a-lifetime winning streak?

With A Division Championship Win, The Astros Finally Reap The Rewards Of Losing On Purpose

Here's a headline we haven't seen in awhile: The Houston Astros are division champs.

Astros host White Sox, continue pursuit of AL’s best record (Sep 20, 2017)

Astros manager A.J. Hinch was quick to joke that his team appreciated the scheduled off day it enjoyed Monday, one that came on the heels of Houston claiming the American League West title on Sunday, allowing the revelry to linger a bit longer.

Astros win 5th straight thanks to arms, Altuve

Collin McHugh won his third consecutive decision and combined with four relievers to handcuff the White Sox and send the American League West-champion Astros to their fifth win a row, 3-1, in Tuesday night's series opener at Minute Maid Park.

Moran rejoins Astros for end of regular season

Infielder back in bigs after scary injury and Minors rehab assignment

Around the League

MLB single-season home run record is broken two weeks before season ends

It was last topped back in the year 2000.

Crew cuts lead to 1; hardest throw of '17 key

The Brewers, thanks to their strong arms on the mound and in the outfield, won another series. Now they will eye a sweep.

Clevinger sends Tribe closer to AL's top seed

Mike Clevinger enjoyed some revenge against his former club on Tuesday night, tossing six innings of one-run ball to lead the Indians to a 6-3 win over the Angels in their series opener at Angel Stadium.

The Most Unusual Minor-League Prospect

No respectable prospect list has ever read as a leaderboard of minor-league on-base percentages. There are a million other important considerations, details that help to fill out a profile.