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Daily Astros Crawfish Boil: July 12th, 2018

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Astros News and Notes

Roster Move: Ken Giles Optioned, Cionel Perez Recalled

It’s been a bumpy month for Giles, but hopefully he can get things squared away with some time out of the spotlight. Meanwhile it will be interesting to see what lefty Perez can show at the Major League level. Perez repertoire features a lively low-mid 90’s fastball, a hard and tight slider, and a reliable change up. Last night he allowed 2 hits and 2 walks in 1.2 innings of work, but also got his first two career strikeouts.

Marwin Gonzales Avoids Serious Injury, Day-to-Day

Last night Bregman slid to shortstop, Yuli to third, while Tyler White filled in at first.

Has Alex Bregman Become the Most Valuable Astro?

Pretty crazy how far Bregman has come - and how under the radar it has flown due to the rest of the team’s dominance. Pretty remarkable how consistent he has gotten at such a young age, and now this too:

Alex Bregman to Participate in Homerun Derby

Bregmanu will reportedly be the four see in the tournament, as he faces off against Max Muncy, Kyle Shwarber, Javy Baez, Rhys Hoskins, Bryce Harper, Freddie Freeman, and Jesus Aguilar. Here’s the full bracket:

Around the League

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