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Astros Crawfish Boil: Thursday, April 13, 2023

Happy Birthday to Hunter Pence on an Astros off-day.

MLB: Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels
Yup. Remember this guy?
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Welcome to the Thursday off-day Boil!

Houston Astros News

Corey Julks hits first MLB homer in Astros’ win over Pirates (

WATCH: Houston Astros Broadcaster and World Series Champ Geoff Blum Joins ‘The Payoff Pitch’ (

Blake Taylor (elbow) activated, optioned to Triple-A (

Dubón proving his worth in Altuve’s absence (

3 Reasons to Believe in the Astros Despite Their Poor Start (

Making the case for adding Chas McCormick, stashing Alex Kiriloff (

AL West News

Don’t Get Your O’Hoppe Up (

O’Hoppe breaks tie in sixth, Angels edge Nationals (

Big League Utah wants to bring the MLB to Salt Lake City (

Adam Oller to start on Thursday (

Jarred Kelenic’s 482-foot homer helps Mariners beat Cubs 5-2 (

Man Arrested in Disappearance of Woman Last Seen at Seattle Mariners Game Allegedly Tried to Kill Her Son (

Everything we know about Rangers star Corey Seager’s injury (

Jake Odorizzi reflects on lost season (

MLB News

MLB’s longest winning streaks to start a season: Rays closing in on record with 12-0 start (

MLB trends: Royals unveil new kind of extreme shift; why Phillies’ Brandon Marsh is making more contact (

Walker’s hit streak reaches 12, ties mark not seen in a century (

Top prospect Julien does ‘fantastic job’ in MLB debut (

Scary scene: MLB umpire hospitalized after being hit in head by relay throw (

MLB’s ID Tour aims to discover talent across the country (

Tourists and Peckers and Hooks and Space Cowboys, Oh My!

Space Cowboys 7, OKC Dodgers 3
Sod Poodles 13, Hooks 10
Drive 5, Tourists 2
Woodpecker 15, F-Burg Nats 2

Houston Astros Birthdays

Outfielder Hunter Pence (40) eventually spent 14 major league seasons between four teams, but he played first with the Houston Astros. From 2007 through 2011, Pence appeared in 680 games and slashed .290/.339/.479 with 103 moonshots and 377 RBI. He made two of his career four All-Star Game appearances while rostered with the Astros. Take a minute (or 10) and watch this video. It’s pretty good.

Steve Pearce (40) played first base and outfield for the Astros in 21 games in 2012, but also played 745 games with six teams not based in Texas through his 13-season major league career. Pearce went 16-for-63 with eight RBI for Houston.