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Astros Crawfish Boil: April 2nd, 2019

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Astros News

It was all about dominant pitching as the Astros took the first game of the series against the Rangers 2-1 (Houston Chronicle)
Chirinos was also a big factor in the W as he made his triumphant return to Arlington (
He may have been playing with a chip on his shoulder after the Rangers surprised him by declining his 2019 option (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
The offense was somewhat scarce again, but let’s give it a while before we start talking slump (Texas Sports Nation)
Looks like Myles Straw might be making the transition to infielder thanks to a crowded Round Rock outfield (The Runner Sports)
Here are five moves the Astros made that people wish had actually been April Fools jokes (House of Houston)

Around the League

They’re dropping like flies in the Bronx as both Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar hit the Yankees’ IL (New York Times)
Orioles starter David Hess had a no-hitter going through 6.1 innings before being pulled thanks to his pitch count (ESPN)
Brian McCann made his return to Atlanta a good one as the Braves routed the Cubs last night (
The Brewer’s bullpen is getting a little beat up as Corey Knebel will now require season-ending surgery (FanGraphs)
Longtime Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina made his first-ever MLB appearance at the hot corner in yesterday’s game (CUT4)
Here are the eight principles of good uniform practices for baseball teams (CBS Sports)