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Houston Astros News
Astros insider: Short starts putting onus on shorthanded bullpen (houstonchronicle.com)
Ex-Astros prospect Wilyer Abreu has ‘surreal’ debut with Red Sox (houstonchronicle.com)
Astros’ Michael Brantley, Phil Maton progress in return from injuries (houstonchronicle.com)
Astros getting close to full strength with key players returning from injury (houston.sportsmap.com)
AL West News
John Fisher reacts to A’s fans wearing ‘sell’ T-shirts (nbcsportsbayarea.com)
Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch for rest of season because of a torn elbow ligament (nbclosangeles.com)
McCoy: Rallying Reds back at it, complete sweep of Angels (daytondailynews.com)
Rangers ride major slump into series at Minnesota (deadspin.com)
Do not buy into the doom and gloom surrounding the Texas Rangers (dallasnews.com)
Reliever Luke Weaver shows off cutter in first appearance with Mariners (seattletimes.com)
White Sox Walk Off Mariners in Odd Fashion to Avoid Sweep (ontapsportsnet.com)
MLB News (mlb.com)
Houston Astros Birthdays
RHP Austin Temple (24) is in his second professional season with the Fayetteville Woodpeckers. In 16 appearances, he’s struck out 17 in 14 2⁄3 innings with a 1.568 WHIP.
Utility player Enrique Hernández (32) began his 10-season MLB career with the Astros in 2014, hitting .284/.348/.420 with three homers and 14 RBI in 42 games.
RHP Dean Wilkins (57) pitched in seven games for the Astros in 1991. He posted a 3.250 WHIP in eight frames, walking 10 and striking out four with a 11.25 ERA.
RHP Kip Gross (59) pitched to a 10.38 ERA over 4 1⁄3 innings with the 2000 Astros, striking out three and finishing with a 2.538 WHIP.
LHP Hal Woodeshick (1932-2009) was an inaugural Houston Colt .45 back in 1962, and appeared in 174 games over four seasons in Houston. He made the All Star team in 1963 and lead the American League with 23 saves in 1964. Overall with the team, he was 21-38 with a 3.16 ERA and 256 K’s in 364 innings.