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Houston Astros News: September 24, 2017

Houston Astros news and notes from around the league for Sunday, September 24, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

Gattis, Morton help Astros win 6-2, Angels lose 6th in row (Sep 23, 2017) | FOX Sports
HOUSTON (AP) The Los Angeles Angels were left searching for answers on Saturday after they matched a season worst with their sixth straight loss to further dampen their AL wild-card hopes.

Evan Gattis, Charlie Morton help Astros send Angels to sixth consecutive loss
Houston's 6-2 win further dampens wild-card aspirations for Los Angeles, which loses sixth consecutive game.

Texas Rangers: Friday's wild-card update: Don't tell the Astros, but if Verlander stays hot, he could help Rangers | SportsDay
A look at the prime contenders for the second wild-card spot in the American League on Friday:Minnesota at Detroit: Minnesota has 75 homers, 14 by...

Astros have plenty of options for the playoff rotation
The Houston Astros have plenty of options for the playoff rotation, with Lance McCullers trying to rejoin the party, but Charlie Morton has impressed.

How the Astros' trade for Justin Verlander came together |
In their rapid ascent from cellar dweller to contender, the Astros heeded their data, hoarded prospects and played the percentages—until midnight of A

Tigers Notes: Managers, Avila, Ausmus, Verlander, Astros - MLB Trade Rumors
The latest from the Motor City…

Yuli Gurriel sets Astros' rookie record |
HOUSTON -- There is no time for pitchers to catch their breath when facing an Astros lineup that has All-Stars George Springer, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa near the top, along with Josh Reddick and Marwin Gonzalez, who are having the best seasons of their careers. When the Astros are healthy, things don't let up at the bottom, either, with guys like Yuli Gurriel lingering. The 33-year-old rookie, batting in the seventh spot Wednesday night, went 3-for-4 with a two-run double in the Astros' 4-3 win over the White Sox at Minute Maid Park.

Astros hand Angels their 6th loss in a row. In the name of all that is merciful, let this season end. - Halos Heaven
A 6-2 loss today at the hands of the first place Astros is yet another nail in this 2017 coffin.

MLB News

Bruce Maxwell is first MLB player to kneel during national anthem -
Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell knelt during the national anthem on Saturday in response to comments by President Donald Trump, believed to be the first MLB player to do so this season.

The once thrilling AL Wild Card race is falling apart -
Sunday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes the Twins running away with a playoff spot, the rookie successes in 2017 and Bruce Maxwell’s statement.

New York Yankees clinch American League playoff berth -
With a win on Saturday, the New York Yankees are back in the playoffs, at the very least clinching a Wild Card spot in the American League.

The Cubs make strides toward the NL Central title and the Brewers do not -
Saturday’s Say Hey, Baseball talks about the tough times the Brewers have fallen into.