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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 28, 2017

Houston Astros news and notes from around the league for Thursday, September 28, 2017.

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Astros News

Astros pummel Rangers to complete three-game sweep

A.J. Hinch will wait until the weekend to declare his Game 1 starter for the American League Division Series.

Astros' Jose Altuve reaches 200 hits for fourth consecutive season

Jose Altuve added a line to his already impressive resume for the American League MVP Award by securing his fourth consecutive 200-hit season in the first inning of the Astros' 12-2 win against the Rangers on Wednesday afternoon at Globe Life Park.

Rangers’ sixth straight loss is another beatdown by Astros

The first career home run for prospect Willie Calhoun quickly became an afterthought Wednesday afternoon after the Houston Astros scored seven runs in the sixth inning in another lopsided win over the Texas Rangers, this time 12-2.

Grand Springer dinger, Correa HRs lead sweep

The Astros capped off a huge offensive series against the Rangers, getting a grand slam from George Springer and two homers from Carlos Correa en route to a 12-2 win Wednesday afternoon that polished off a lopsided three-game sweep at Globe Life Park.

101-year-old Astros fan has high hopes this season

As the Houston Astros head into the playoffs, they will be cheered on by a 101-year-old fan.

5-0 with Astros, Verlander looks to postseason

Veteran righty likely to start Game 1 of ALDS, aims to keep feel on mound

The American League MVP race between Aaron Judge and Jose Altuve is all about the contrasts

The large home run man and his skittery waterbug friend are in a battle for the ages, and I’m into it.

Around the League

Chicago Cubs win National League Central

The Cubs will face the Washington Nationals in the NLDS.

Minnesota Twins clinch AL Wild Card berth a year after losing 103 games

First playoff berth for Twins since 2010

Derek Jeter is officially back in baseball

The Marlins are Derek Jeter’s problem now.

And I will leave you with a magic number watch:

Red Sox belt 3 HRs, magic number at 2

Rox fry Fish to lower magic number to 2