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Houston Astros Boil
Brewers’ Colin Rea, back from minors, aims to slow Astros (deadspin.com)
Houston Astros injury update: Michael Brantley’s status (houstonchronicle.com)
Astros’ J.P. France enters the world of MLB adjustments (houstonchronicle.com)
Dusty – Hey, OG What Are You Thinking? (chipalatta.com)
AL West News
Seattle Mariners Injuries: 3 close to returns; McGee needs surgery (sports.mynorthwest.com)
Mickey Moniak shakes off expectations and finds his groove with Angels (theathletic.com)
AL West is ‘Ours,’ Not Astros Says Texas Rangers First Baseman (si.com)
editor’s note: “hahahahaha.”
The Rangers’ Leaky Bullpen Needs Saving—And Soon (dmagazine.com)
Royals Designate Hunter Dozier For Assignment (mlbtraderumors.com)
Pirates projected to pick Dylan Crews No. 1 in MLB Draft? (bucsdugout.com)
Fastballs? We Don’t Need No Stinking Fastballs (fangraphs.com)
Merrill Kelly Has a New Weapon (fangraphs.com)
Acuña goes 1st to 3rd ... on a walk (mlb.com)
Ricky Gutierrez (53) was a 12-year major league veteran who spent 1996 through 1999 with Houston, hitting .265/.339/.343 in 417 games. Mainly a shortstop, Gutierrez also played passable second and third base.
RHP Kirk Saarloos (44) opened his seven-season MLB career with the 2002 Astros. In two seasons with the club he was 8-8 with a 5.61 ERA and 97 K’s in 134 2⁄3 innings.
RHP Chris Sampson played for the 2006 through 2010 Astros. In 358 2⁄3 innings he struck out 176 while going 20-15 with a 4.42 ERA and a 1.330 WHIP.