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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 24, 2023

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Welcome to the Monday Boil!

Houston Astros News

Mauricio Dubón saves Astros again in late win over Oakland (

Houston Astros’ Sara Goodrum excited about talent in farm system (

2023 MLB power rankings: Giants, Brewers and Astros soar as Mets, Yankees drop (

Houston Astros’ Hunter Brown shows how he can be more efficient (

Houston Astros Go 6-2 on Road Trip, Mauricio Dubón Struggling Offensively, Hunter Brown Impresses (

AL West News

Twins try to keep home win streak alive, host the Mariners (

Which Seattle Mariners players are in the Hall of Fame? MLB Immaculate Grid answers July 24 (

Mariners use 5-run inning to rally past Blue Jays for wild 9-8 victory (

Rangers Get Huge Comeback Win to Avoid Sweep (

Martín Pérez bounces back after allowing grand slam (

Battle for AL West continues as Astros, Rangers clash (

MLB roundup: Shohei Ohtani hits 36th homer as Angels beat Pirates (

Angels’ Mickey Moniak finding his baseball groove after years of struggles (

Gene Collier: When Shohei Ohtani spins his wheel of fortune, how astronomical can it get?

Checking in on the A’s/Marlins Trade of JJ Bleday for A.J. Puk (

Memphis native, A’s All-Star Rooker discusses breakout season in Action News 5 exclusive (

Kotsay rues A’s missed opportunities with ‘every chance’ to control game (

MLB News

Rolen, McGriff enshrined in Hall of Fame in sun-splashed ceremony (

What each team should do at the Deadline (

‘It felt like a playoff game’: O’s prove mettle in series win (

Dodgers could reunite with this hitter via trade (

Harper impresses on defense, plates go-ahead run in 10-inning victory (

5 series to keep your eye on as postseason races heat up (

How Taylor Swift helped Rizzo end 45-game homerless drought (

Houston Astros Birthdays

I failed to include the Astros’ birthdays in the Friday Boil, so I have a little catching up to do here.


RHP Mark Lemongello (68) started 64 games for the Astros between 1976 and 1978. He pitched to a 3.65 ERA, a 4.02 FIP, and 1.304 WHIP. In a sign of the times, he only struck out 3.4 batters per nine innings.

Denis Menke (1940-2020) played infield for three teams over 13 major league seasons. He played with Houston from 1968 through 1971 and again in 1974, making two All-Star appearances (at shortstop) over that time. In 634 contests, he slashed .266/.355/.373 and hit 30 homers with 282 RBI.

Catcher John Bateman (1940-1996) backstopped for Houston from 1963 through 1968 before ending his career with the Montreal Expos and the Philadelphia Phillies. In 565 games for the Colt .45s / Astros, he slashed out a .228/.274/.353 with 45 jacks and 212 RBI, and caught 33.1 percent of runners trying to swipe a base.


CF Jose Siri (28) is currently patrolling center field for the Tampa Bay Rays. He played 69 games for Houston in 2021 and 2022, where he slashed .210/.265/.381 and hit seven homers with 19 RBI while providing above-average CF defense.

Utility player Cliff Johnson (76) appeared in 376 games for the Astros from 1972 through 1977. He put together a .256/.370/.471 slash with 52 round-trippers and 172 RBI.




Middle infielder Jason Smith (46) played for eight major league teams over a nine-season career, finishing up with Houston in 2009. In 21 games, he was 0-for-25 with one RBI and one run scored.