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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 5, 2017

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Astros News

Dallas Keuchel pitches into 8th as Astros win fifth straight

While not the sharpest he's been this season, Dallas Keuchel's efficiency allowed him to pitch deep into the Astros' 6-2 win against the Seattle Mariners on Monday afternoon at Safeco Field.

AL leading Astros snap Mariners’ modest winning streak

The Astros scored four runs against the Mariners’ two key setup men in a four-run seventh inning to hand Seattle a 6-2 loss and snap a three-game winning streak.

Keuchel's gem vs. M's runs Astros' streak to 5

While the Astros are awaiting the debut of Justin Verlander in their rotation, they got a pretty good reminder of what their other former American League Cy Young Award winner could do, as Dallas Keuchel hurled Houston to a 6-2 win over the Mariners Monday in a Labor Day showdown at Safeco Field.

Mike Fiers removed from Astros' rotation

On Monday, a day after he allowed six runs in only 4 1/3 innings against the Mets, Mike Fiers was informed by Astros manager A.J. Hinch of his removal from the rotation.

Justin Verlander fired up for 'nerve-wracking' debut with Astros in Seattle

Justin Verlander sat sprawled on the couch in the Houston Astros’ visiting clubhouse Monday afternoon, flanked by new teammates George Springer to the left and Tyler Clippard to the right, munching down on a sandwich, with music blaring on the speakers.

With Verlander in the fold, it's all coming together for the Astros

What a week it's been for the Houston Astros. It was the kind of stretch that could send even one of baseball's most talented units into a tailspin. Yet for a lot of reasons related to baseball and beyond, the Astros look better situated than they have been since before the All-Star break.

Let the Race Begin! Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander Among Best Storylines as Playoffs Approach

As the 2017 regular season enters its final month, at least three of the division races appear to be sewn up, but even the teams leading those division—the Astros in the AL West, the Nationals in the NL East and the Dodgers in the NL West—have plenty at stake.

Around the League

JD-back, back, back, back! Martinez: 4 HRs

Martinez becomes first D-back and 18th Major Leaguer to reach milestone

Baseball is seeing a record number of homers, but scoring is down

Major leaguers continue to pound home runs at a record pace and along the way they’ve reached milestones on both sides of town.

Jake Arrieta exits game in third inning with apparent leg injury

Not great news for the Cubs.

Tribe's 12-game streak is MLB's longest of '17

The Indians won for the 12th consecutive time, marking the longest win streak of any team in the Major Leagues in 2017, by claiming a 5-3 victory over the White Sox on Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Giancarlo Stanton puts TV camera out of commission with 53rd HR

Giancarlo Stanton’s latest home run did some damage — to a television camera.