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Astros Crawfish Boil: May 18, 2023

No baseball today, A’s next.

Chicago Cubs v Houston Astros Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Welcome to the Thursday Boil!

Houston Astros News

‘A punch to the gut’: Bullpen relinquishes 5-run lead for 5th straight loss (

Astros insider: Wild comeback vs. Cubs leads to ‘win of the year’ (

Altuve reaches base twice in final rehab appearance (

50 Cent partners with Astros to host 100 HISD students at game (

Astros’ Michael Brantley ‘feeling better’ but return date remains ... (

Astros’ Jose Altuve: Could return Friday (

AL West News

Backup Catcher Optioned, Seager Activated

Pablo Reyes helps power Red Sox to win over Mariners (

Takeaways: Atlanta Braves come back and win in final game (

SEAside Thoughts: Mariners continue to let opportunities slip by (

You have the two best players in baseball and you still suck ( (who else?))

Clutch hitting lifts Orioles to win over Angels (

Athletics tie it again late, but give it up in ninth in loss to Diamondbacks (

Nike Air Force 1 Low “Oakland Athletics” sneakers: Where to get, price, and more details explored (

MLB News

What’s pitch tipping, what’s sign stealing, and when are they (

Jays RHP Jay Jackson: I was tipping pitches vs. Yanks (

Sports briefs: EA Sports to pay players for likeness in college (

Yu Darvish’s contract details: How long will he be with Padres? (

Blue Jays punch back at Yanks with epic walk-off homer (

No quit! Mets take down Rays in thriller (

Here are 30 of the best prospect finds — 1 for each team (

Are the standings upside down? A division-by-division look (

Houston Astros Birthdays

Outfielder Roilin Machandy (22) is one-for-seven in four games with the Single-A Fayetteville Woodpeckers.

OF Carroll Hardy (1933-2020) appeared in 61 contests for the 1963 and 1964 Houston Colt .45s, hitting .194 with 15 RBI.

Switch-hitting righty pitcher Nelson Figeroa (49) played the final two seasons of his nine-year major league career in Houston. In 2010 and 2011, he was 5-6 with a 4.88 ERA and a 1.563 WHIP.