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Houston Astros News: September 25, 2017

Houston Astros news and notes from around the league for Monday, September 25, 2017.

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Astros News

Lance McCullers limited in Astros' loss to Angels

Lance McCullers Jr. lasted 3 1/3 innings and the Astros expended seven relievers in the club's 7-5 loss to the Angels on Sunday night.

Astros fall short in see-saw finale with Angels

Luis Valbuena burned his former team by hitting a two-run, bases-loaded double in the seventh inning off reliever Chris Devenski to break a tie and send the Angels to a 7-5 win over the Astros in the regular-season finale at Minute Maid Park on Sunday night.

Astros starters looking fresh as season nears end

Entering Sunday, Justin Verlander has stood out for going 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA since the Astros acquired him last month, but the team's starters have pitched eight quality starts in the last nine games, with a 1.61 ERA and .162 opponent batting average.

Rangers need to sweep Astros to have postseason chance (Sep 25, 2017)

The Texas Rangers saw their faint playoff hopes get all but extinguished over the weekend, leaving the start of a homestand against the in-state rival Houston Astros devoid of much drama or intrigue.

Where does McCullers stand in ALDS rotation?

'I'm confident that I'm going to be ready to go,' Astros righty says

Around the League

October Is Better With the Rockies, but They’re Throwing Away a Playoff Spot

On June 20, the Rockies were in first place in the NL West. Three months later, they’re in a fight for the second wild-card bid.

MLB playoffs 2017: Updating the postseason picture

Where do the postseason races stand right now?

Wild & AZ! D-backs soak up top WC clinch

Arizona will host National League Wild Card Game at Chase Field on Oct. 4

Judge hits 47th, 48th HRs, 1 shy of rookie mark

Aaron Judge homered twice in Sunday afternoon's 9-5 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, notching his American League-leading 47th and 48th home runs to close within one blast of Mark McGwire's 1987 record for the most home runs hit by a Major League rookie.