Welcome to the Saturday Boil!
Houston Astros News
Twins’ Joey Gallo leaves game vs. Astros with apparent injury (clutchpoints.com)
Four Early Season Concerns for the Houston Astros (houstonpress.com
Urquidy K’s six vs. Twins (mlb.com)
AL West News
Julio Rodriguez hits 30th career homer as Mariners rally to beat Guardians (seattletimes.com)
Four takeaways from the Oakland A’s season-opening homestand (theatlantic.com)
LA Angels looking to build off successful road trip in home opener (news.yahoo.com)
Other MLB News
Cubs’ new partnership is an MLB first (wgntv.com)
Houston Astros Birthdays
RHP Turk Farrell (1934-1977) as an original member of the Houston Colt .45s in 1962, and made the All-Star team that season despite losing 20 games. Over Houston’s first six seasons, Farrell thrice made an All-Star appearance, going 53-64 with a 3.42 ERA and a sparkling 1.142 WHIP. He collected 694 strikeouts in 1,015 frames while with the team.
José Herrera (1942-2009) played some outfield and some second base for the 1967 and 1968 Houston Astros, going 36-for-127 with a pair of jacks and a dozen RBI. Somehow, he only drew three walks during that time.
RHP Juan Abreu (38) had a cup of coffee with the Astros in late-2011. He struck out 12 in only 6 2⁄3 innings, walking three and allowing six hits for a 1.350 WHIP. He also hit five batters during that time, nearly one per inning. The weird thing is he only hit 24 batters through 393 1⁄3 innings in the minors. It sounds like nerves, but Abreu never got back to the majors after his short time with Houston.