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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 22nd, 2019

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MLB: Detroit Tigers at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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Astros News

It was a wonder of blunders for the Astros last night as they gave away one of Verlander’s best starts this season (Sports Radio 610)
And, of course, they did it on a night when the odds were historically in their favor (USA Today)
To make it even worse they embarrassed themselves in front of the Nature Boy himself, Ric Flair (CUT4)
Aledmys Diaz is hoping that he can have a quick return from the IL once he’s wrapped up his 10 days (Houston Chronicle)
But don’t count on seeing a Correa or Sanchez return before September (Houston Chronicle)
Thirsty Thursdays will make a triumphant return with half-priced beers at the ballpark tonight (ABC 13)
The Detroit Free Press is making a stink about being temporarily blocked from talking to Verlander last night (Detroit Free Press)
Here’s a profile of sleeper Astros prospect Luis Garcia (The Runner Sports)

Around the League

If MLB wants to get serious about pace of play they can start by not juicing the balls (Call to the Pen)
Or maybe think about instituting a mercy rule, which seems like a worse solution (Sports Illustrated)
With a little over a month left in the season the Orioles have tied the MLB record for home runs surrendered (CBS Sports)
As funny as it seems, the Rays were not the first baseball team to come up with a city-sharing scheme (The Hardball Times)
If players want to avoid suspensions for PED’s they may need to stop buying over-the-counter “sexual enhancers” from gas stations (ESPN)
Tyler Skaggs will be honored by 9 different players during Players’ Weekend (Sporting News)
Nicholas Castellanos’ post game interview was, like, way out there, man (CUT4)
Come and read the story of the Twins and their magical good luck squirrel (Twinkie Town)