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Astros Crawfish Boil: April 30th, 2019

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MLB: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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Astros News

The Astos were on the wrong end of a pitcher’s duel as they dropped the first game in Minnesota 1-0 (Houston Chronicle)
Pressly’s dominance has him closing in on an Astros record as he returns to where it all began for him (
Check out this video of ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza riding to the ballpark with Alex Bregman (ESPN)
The Astros have a schedule for utilizing Chirinos, and they’re sticking to it (Houston Chronicle)
Let’s get a little update on who’s hot and who’s not in the minor leagues (Texas Sports Nation)
Someone who’s up is Tyler Ivey, who was promoted to the Hooks to start 2019 (The Runner Sports)
And someone who’s down is J.B. Bukauskas, who’s been a bit volatile this year (The Athletic, $$$)
While the Astros are away the kids get to play at Minute Maid Park (Paper City)

Around the League

Home runs are way up this season, but is that just normal now? (ESPN)
It looks like Yelich and Bellinger are getting ready to square off for the NL MVP prize (
Meanwhile, there are a few surprises in the early goings for the AL MVP and Cy Young races (Sports Illustrated)
The Atlantic League has begun to incorporate the no-shift rule in games (FanGraphs)
A family of deer invaded a college baseball game to take a little stroll through the outfield (CUT4)