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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 3, 2023

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MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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Houston Astros News

McCormick’s bases-clearing triple lifts the Astros over the Rangers 5-3 (

Houston Astros’ Framber Valdez, Yordan Alvarez are All-Stars (

Kara McCullers, wife of Astros’ Lance McCullers, announces pregnancy (

The Yankees should remain in pursuit of Astros’ underutilized outfielder (

Grading Dana Brown and the Houston Astros front office at the season’s midway point (

Astros – Halfway There – Living on a Prayer (

AL West News

A’s Rooker selected as AL reserve in 2023 All-Star Game (

Oakland Athletics activate left-hander Richard Lovelady off IL (

Dallas Braden in exclusive club after perfect game (

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits longest home run of 2023 MLB season (

Padres Return to Petco with Shohei Ohtani and Los Angeles Angels on Deck (

Ohtani becomes 2-way All-Star for 3rd straight year (

Dipoto doesn’t expect action on struggling Seattle Mariners’ day off (

Luis Castillo lone Seattle Mariners player named 2023 MLB All-Star (

Seattle Mariners Claim Infielder Mark Mathias (

Texas Rangers have 6 All-Stars after Eovaldi, Garcia chosen to take part in game (

Astros manager Dusty Baker jokes as rival Texas Rangers earn four All-Star starters: “Was this a national vote?” (

What ‘hyped’ Yankees disaster Aroldis Chapman said about his trade to Rangers (

MLB News

Yankees broke MLB unwritten rule during perfect game (

Rockies Release Logan Allen (

MLB All-Star Game regulars take back seat to 26 first-time selections (

MLB had interest in Braves’ Matt Olson for Home Run Derby (

Braves overpowering contenders with THIRD 8-game win streak (

Pete Alonso is lone Mets player selected to MLB All-Star Game (

MLB announces All-Star pitchers, reserves, with entire Braves infield making NL team (

Mitch Keller’s incredible ascent reaches new heights: MLB All-Star Game (

Houston Astros Birthdays

OF Moises Alou (57), from the famous Alou family of MLB alumni, is on the bleeding edge of the best a player can be without making the Hall of Fame. He played with Houston from 1998 through 2001, and hit .331/.403/.585 with 95 jacks and 346 RBI. Consider that he missed the entire 1999 season when you’re calculating those numbers in your head. For Houston, he made the All-Star Team twice and won the 1999 Silver Slugger Award, totaling 11.8 bWAR with a 148 ERA+.

You may remember outfielder Jack Daugherty (63) as a member of the Texas Rangers in the early 90s. It’s easy to forget that he appeared in four games for the Astros in 1993, going one-for-three.

First baseman slash corner outfielder Danny Heep (66) began his 13-season MLB career with the Astros, appearing in 165 games between 1979 and 1982. For the Astros, he hit .246 with four homers and 41 RBI.

RHP Matt Keough (1955-2020) concluded his nine-season MLB career in 1986 with the Astros. For Houston, he pitched to a 117 ERA+, a 1.143 WHIP, and 25 whiffs in 35 innings.