Welcome to the Friday Boil!
I find it hard to believe that the regular season is already halfway over for the Houston Astros. Sometimes we take these games for granted, always conveniently forgetting the misery of no baseball for four months. Seize the day, and enjoy it while you can. Go Stros!
Houston Astros News
Astros GM describes team’s trade-deadline hopes (yardbarker.com)
Houston Astros injury update: José Urquidy, Michael Brantley (houstonchronicle.com)
JV’s return is tempting, here are better options for Astros (houston.sportsmap.com)
The Astros Should Trade For Max Scherzer (climbingtalshill.com)
Astros GM raises eyebrows with “untouchable” player comments (houston.sportsmap.com)
Bill North ‘humbled’ to join Astros manager Dusty Baker’s All-Star staff (houstonchronicle.com)
AL West News
Nevada teachers union working to stop state funds toward A’s ballpark (reviewjournal.com)
Mariners’ Jerry Dipoto says frustration mounting as M’s hit rock bottom (yakimaherald.com)
MLB news: Rangers lead American League with 4 2023 All-Star Game starters (clutchpoints.com)
The Orioles’ May Have Found The Lefty Bat They Wanted (mlbtraderumors.com)
Nationals Signed An Excellent Trade Candidate (mlbtraderumors.com)
Houston Astros Birthdays
Rogelio Armenteros (29) pitched 18 innings for the 2019 Astros, striking out 18 and walking only five. He registered a 118 ERA+ and a 2.77 FIP, but never before or since appeared at the major league level.
Backstop Otis Thornton (78) played in two games for the 1973 Astros, going 0-for-3 with one RBI and two strikeouts.
Corner outfielder and first baseman Dave Roberts (1933-2021) appeared in 77 games for the Colt .45s in 1962 and 1964. He hit .202 with a pair of home runs and 17 RBI.
RHP Aaron Sanchez (31) spent the last part of the 2019 season with the Astros after a trade with Toronto. He struck out 16 in 18 2⁄3 innings with a 1.232 WHIP and a 6.59 FIP.
Brett Oberholtzer (34) appeared in 45 games, including 42 starts, with the Astros between 2013 and 2015. In 253 2⁄3 innings, he struck out 166 and posted a 1.332 WHIP with a 3.72 FIP.
CF Tony Walker (64) played in 84 games for the Astros in 1986, hitting .222 with a pair of home runs and 10 RBI. He also stole 11 bases.
Dick Drott (1936-1985) posted a 3-12 record for the 1962 and 1963 Colt .45s, registering a 5.29 ERA over 110 2⁄3 innings.
RHP Sam Deduno (40) pitched 29 2⁄3 innings for Houston in 2014 and 2015, striking out 17 and holding the opposition to a 1.571 WHIP.