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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 21, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, September 21, 2017.

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Astros News

Brad Peacock, trio of relievers pitch Astros to win over White Sox

As the days left before October dwindle and the Astros' postseason roster comes into clearer focus, the likelihood of Brad Peacock's inclusion in their American League Division Series rotation trends closer to a certainty.

Yoan Moncada stays hot at the plate in White Sox's 4-3 loss to Astros

Jose Abreu said he "never had a doubt" White Sox rookie Yoan Moncada would find a groove like the one he continued Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

How the Astros can secure home field advantage

The Astros secured their first division title in 16 years with a 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

Astros reliever Will Harris' fastball velocity returning to form

Perhaps the most significant development of the Astros' 3-1 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night was the spike in Will Harris' fastball velocity, which had lacked some since his return from the disabled list late last month.

Who’s the Best Team in Baseball?

With a week-and-change left before the end of the regular season, the Dodgers, Indians, Nationals, and Astros have all clinched playoff spots. But if one of them wins the World Series, it won’t necessarily answer the question.

Gurriel gives Astros' lineup potent depth

Yuli sets Houston's rookie record with 57th extra-base hit

Astros on Mission, Bringing Joy

There have been other natural disasters since Hurricane Harvey, of course. The attention of the country and the world have shifted their attention to other places, other disasters, which seem to come, out of the earth and out of the sky, with a frightening regularity.

Around the League

Chris Sale becomes 2nd pitcher in Red Sox history to record 300 strikeouts

Pedro Martinez had 313 strikeouts in 1999.

Welcome to the dullest September of baseball in recent memory

Looking for some hot September pennant race action? Sorry. Moose out front should have told you.

Line Drive Strikes Young Girl in the Face at Yankee Stadium

The Yankees easily completed a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday and bolstered their bid for a postseason berth, but all of that was overshadowed by an unsettling incident in the fifth inning, when a line drive off the bat of Todd Frazier appeared to hit the face of a young girl who was seated directly behind the third-base dugout.

Breaking Down the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Baseball's New Single-Season Home Run Record

A few years ago, the phrase “Too Many Homers” became a popular way to turn one’s nose up at a brand of winning baseball.