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Astros Crawfish Boil: June 28, 2023

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Houston Astros News

Astros insider: Cardinals take ‘good approach’ to facing Framber Valdez (

The distance behind Martín Maldonado’s home run | 06/27/2023 (

Astros’ José Abreu hopes adjustments lead to more hard-hit balls (

Here’s who deserves most credit for keeping Astros afloat during rocky stretch (

Astros injury report: Jose Altuve out again, another step for José Urquidy (

AL West News

Blackburn providing stability to A’s shaky starting rotation (

Athletic’s brand of mediocrity may not inspire fans (

Amid questions over stadium size, A’s move to Vegas slowed by relocation vote – The Nevada Independent (

Angels on the Brink: A Critical Turning Point Approaches (

Shohei Ohtani has big night, adds to Angels’ samurai tradition (

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani still hasn’t decided on Home Run Derby (

Lane Thomas puts an exclamation point on a long, strange night in Seattle (

Mariners take a too-familiar step back (

Cal Raleigh after Mariners’ brutal loss to Nats: ‘We’re not a good baseball team right now’ (

A year after jumping trade market, M’s face similar complex decisions (

Tigers fall to Rangers 8-3; Boyd out for the season – Wednesday Morning Sports Update (

Texas Rangers give key starters rest vs. Tigers on Tuesday (

50 years after MLB and Rangers debut, pitcher David Clyde’s tale may be headed to the big screen (

MLB News

How Julio Teheran Made It Back to MLB With the Brewers (

MLB rumors: Mets superstar willing to waive no-trade clause (

MLB City Connect series: All 20 uniforms ranked, including the 2023 gear (

2023 MLB Mock Draft: LSU teammates, College World Series champions Dylan Crews, Paul Skenes go No. 1 and 2 (

D-backs beat Rays in opener behind four home runs (

Matthew Boyd to undergo Tommy John surgery (

Reds look to address starting rotation via trade (

Evan Longoria reflects on legacy with Rays (

Shohei Ohtani removed as a pitcher due to cracked fingernail, but then homers afterward (

Astros Birthdays

OF Richard Hidalgo (48) played in 813 contests for Houston between 1997 and 2004, putting together a slashline of .278/.356/.501 with 134 home runs and 465 RBI. That includes his ridiculous 2000 season, in which he posted a 1.028 OPS with 44 homers and 122 RBI.

Greg Sims (77) appeared in seven games for the 1966 Astros, and went one-for-six with a walk and three whiffs.

RHP Fred Gladding (1936-2015) pitched in 233 games for the Astros from 1968 through 1973. He struck out 394 in 601 frames, with a 22-23 record and 76 saves. He posted a 3.68 WHIP and a 3.26 FIP.

LHP and Brooklyn native Joe Sambito (71) pitched in 229 games for Houston from 1976 through 1984, saving 72 contests and striking out 421 in 536 innings. He pitched to a 2.42 ERA and a 2.88 FIP with a 1.112 WHIP.

Michael Feliz (30) went 12-3 with a 5.13 ERA for the Astros between 2015 and 2017. A righty, Feliz struck out 172 batters in 121 frames, a 12.8 K/9 while carrying a 1.364 WHIP.