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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 30th, 2019

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MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

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Astros New

The Astros lost a slugfest with the Rays yesterday to close out what was otherwise a fantastic homestand (Houston Chronicle)
That game featured home run #1 for Abraham Toro, and here he is speaking about it after the game (Twitter)
And Toro will get a chance to celebrate with friends and family as he heads back to his native Canada (
Just a couple of all-time great pitchers talking about how uncomfortable the Astros lineup is to face (Twitter)
The playoffs are looming and the Astros need to make some roster decisions (Texas Sports Nation, $$$)
One candidate is Josh James, who may be on his way back to the MLB club sooner rather than later (Houston Chronicle)
Jeff Luhnow is confident that the Astros will pass the Yankees and Dodgers for home field advantage in the playoffs (CBS Sports)
Julia Morales is a gem of a sideline reporter, and here’s an excellent article about her (La Vida Baseball)
Josh Reddick and Joe Biagini made a surprise visit for United passengers and employees (ABC 13)
The Astros have a knack for finding baseball players who played football, just ask Ronnie Dawson (The Runner Sports)

Around the League

Blake Bivens penned a heart-wrenching goodbye letter to his wife and son. Hug your family today because life just isn’t fair sometimes (Sporting News)
And Montgomery Biscuits manager Morgan Ensberg was there with him to provide support (Montgomery Advertiser)
A group is working to bring an MLB team to Nashville, and they’ve even got a name all picked out (Tennessean)
The Orioles are the newest team to expand the netting at their stadium (AP News)
Are the Minnesota Twins the greatest home run hitting team ever? (ESPN+, $$$)
Baseball is currently on death’s door, just as it has been many many times before (Sports Illustrated)
The Mariners may be in the midst of yet another lost season, but at least Kyle Seager is looking good again (MLB Trade Rumors)
Pete Alonso tried to high-five Jacob deGrom on game day and it was a little awkward (CUT4)