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Astros Crawfish Boil: April 3rd, 2019

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Astros News

While the bats started to warm up, it was the pitching that let the team down in last night’s 6-4 loss to the Rangers (Houston Chronicle)
But at least plays like this one show the Correa seems to be fully healthy again (MLB Video)
Chirinos wasn’t trying to stir the pot with his comments about the Rangers in the first game, but he did enjoy the win (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
You may have noticed the Astros being a little extra aggressive on the basepaths, and you can expect that to continue (Texas Sports Nation)
Lance has taken an encouraging step forward in his recovery from TJ surgery (Astros.com)
The Astros will pay tribute to the late George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush as they open MMP this Friday (Houston Chronicle)

Around the League

There were a flurry of extensions yesterday starting with Ronald Acuña at 8 years for $100 million (MLB.com)
The Rockies have locked in starter Germán Márquez at $43 million for 5 years (Sports Illustrated)
While the Blue Jays will have five more years of Randal Grichuk patrolling left field at $52 million (ESPN)
Even managers got in on the act as Terry Francona will continue to be at the helm for Cleveland through 2022 (MLB Trade Rumors)
All of this is just part of the staggering economics of baseball (PBS News Hour)
Which you can certainly see in Acuña’s new contract (FanGraphs)
The news wasn’t all extensions yesterday though, as Kevin Pillar was sent to the Giants in a 4-player swap (MLB Trade Rumors)
The Blue Jays have been pretty busy as they also cut former Astro Bud Norris loose from a minor league deal (CBS Sports)
The Nats are dealing with injuries as Trea Turner fractured his finger and Matt Adams hurt his back in yesterday’s game (Federal Baseball)
It’s good to see Braves and Cubs fans coming together in the best possible way (CUT4)