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Astros Crawfish Boil: June 15, 2023

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Houston Astros News

Nationals Manager Brings Photo Evidence To Press Conference To Argue Controversial Game-Winning Call For Astros (

Astros’ Alvarez could miss 4 weeks with oblique strain (

Astros pitcher McCullers to miss remainder of season following surgery (

Jose Abreu scores winner on error to cap big night (

Battling through injuries, Astros pursue sweep of Nats (

This Date in Baseball, June 15 — Astros are the first team to throw two immaculate innings in the same game (

Nationals’ ninth-inning rally isn’t enough in wild loss to Astros (

Astros 2023: Weird stats in mid-June (

AL West News

Miami’s Jesús Sánchez makes game-saving catch as Marlins top Mariners 4-1 (

Five best players in Seattle Mariners history (

Mariner experience a failure to launch, not for the first time (

A’s Clear State Legislature Hurdle in Move to Las Vegas (

The least Rob Manfred could do is leave the Athletics name in Oakland (

On pivotal day in A’s history, fans learn passion of ‘reverse boycott’ no match for greed (

Shohei Ohtani’s 453 Feet Blast Overshadowed as Los Angeles Angels Marred by Defeat Again (

Reid Detmers has solid outing in Angels loss (

Hunter Renfroe having fun playing alongside Ohtani, Trout | Mississippi State (

Texas Rangers’ Bally Sports Broadcast Rights in Jeopardy as Payment Deadline Looms (

Shohei Ohtani, Nathan Eovaldi to duel in Angels-Rangers finale (

Stagnant Rangers offense reignites in win over Angels (

Can MLB, and the A’s specifically, work in Las Vegas? Bryce Harper gives his hometown view (

MLB News

How MLB Took Over a Regional Sports Network in 24 Hours (

Best 2022 MLB Draft picks for each team (

MLB teams welcome LGBTQ+ fans with Pride Nights but not one has seen an active player come out (

A former MLB pitcher and his umpire father’s unforgettable moment in Cooperstown (

This season, MLB teams can’t buy wins (

The Giants protected Luis Matos, and it paid off in his MLB debut (

Yankees’ Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Rays’ Jose Siri and the six players to steal home in the MLB this season (

Houston Astros Birthdays

Dusty Baker (74) played 19 seasons in MLB, but not with the Houston Astros. A career .278 hitter with 242 home runs, Baker was a two-time All Star and Silver Slugger, and also took home the National League Gold Glove for left field in 1981. Since taking over as Astros manager, he’s guided the team to a 269-183 record, and has a career 2132-1819 record as a skipper over 26 seasons.

Andy Pettitte (51) played most of his 18 seasons with the New York Yankees, but also spent three years in Houston’s rotation, from 2004 through 2006. He was 37-26 in 84 appearances with a 3.38 ERA 428 K’s in 519 23 innings, a 1.230 WHIP, and a 3.58 FIP.

Jake Elmore played every position over a six-team, six-season MLB career. He appeared in 52 games for the 2013 Astros, hitting .242 with two jacks. The only player to appear at every position in the majors that season, Elmore also pitched a perfect inning in a 16-5 loss to the Texas Rangers on August 19.

Erik Kratz (43) played for nine teams over 11 major league seasons, including part of the 2016 campaign for Houston. The backstop was two-for-29 in 14 contests for the Astros, with a double, a walk and 14 strikeouts.

Mike Fiers has a birthday today as well.