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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 7, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, September 7, 2017.

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Astros News

Lance McCullers has encouraging first start back in Astros win

Lance McCullers Jr. took a first step toward quelling lingering doubts stemming from his struggle-filled July with a solid first start off the disabled list Wednesday night against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

Mariners’ postseason hopes fade some with sweep by Astros

The Mariners are now 69-71 and will face the Angels — a team they are chasing in the wild card standings — in an ultra-important three-game series, starting Friday.

Astros' Class AAA manager Tony DeFrancesco won't return in 2018

Tony DeFrancesco, manager of the Astros' Class AAA affiliate for the last seven seasons, won't return for 2018, the team said Wednesday

Three takeaways after Diaz serves up tie-breaking homer in loss to Astros

Just when, out of nowhere really, the Mariners’ rotation clicks into an effective groove, the club’s generally reliable bullpen turns to spit. For a third straight game.

A’s manager pleased to see Astros thriving for city of Houston

Bob Melvin finds it “cool” that the Houston Astros are tearing off wins in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s tragic run through the Texas Gulf Coast.

Astros Foundation pitches in for Harvey relief

Club’s charity, corporate partners will provide meals for Texas National Guard members

Mash made in 7: Maybin, Astros keep rolling

The offensive-laden Astros seem to have uncovered a new - - and surprising - - power source, as Cameron Maybin ripped a two-run homer off Mariners closer Edwin Diaz in the ninth inning on Wednesday to lift Houston to its seventh straight win, a 5-3 decision for a Safeco Field sweep.

Around the League

MLB stock watch: Who is ready for a run? Which teams are stumbling?

Ah, September. All of the roster tweaks, on-field initiatives and crucial big-picture discussions in baseball since Game 7 of last year's epic World Series have put us in position for this. It's the race to the wire with much left to be decided. And when we get there, we hit reset and get ready to do it all over again, October-style.

14 in a row for Tribe! Again. Cookie of the Year?

Winning 14 straight was so enjoyable for the Indians during the 2016 season that they decided to revisit such a run in ‘17.

It’s a high heat: AZ sweeps LA! Streak is 13

The D-backs won their 13th in a row on Wednesday night, setting a new franchise record with a 3-1 victory over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

The Red Sox Have Given Us Spygate 2.0 and I Am Abso-Freaking-Lutely Thrilled

Things are just getting started—can someone please get Apple on the watch, er, phone?