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Houston Astros News
Yankees, Astros renew rivalry in New York (reuters.com)
Astros insider: Chas McCormick develops a real taste for sliders (houstonchronicle.com)
3 pressing Houston Astros questions with Justin Verlander back in the fold (houston.sportsmap.com)
Ho-hum! Astros trade for Justin Verlander again (chipalatta.com)
AL West News
Athletics face the Dodgers looking to break road slide (foxsports.com)
Dodgers get rare Miguel Rojas homer, thump A’s again (sportsnaut.com)
Mariners visit the Angels to begin 4-game series (mymotherlode.com)
Mariners look to stay hot against Angels, Shohei Ohtani (Reuters.com)
What Dane Dunning’s performance means for Bruce Bochy, Rangers (dallasnews.com)
MLB News (mlb.com)
LHP Sergio Escalona (39) mad 49 trips out of the bullpen for the 2011 Astros. He struck out 25 over 27 2⁄3 innings, holding down a 1.265 WHIP.
Left-handed first baseman Sid Bream (63) had a decent 11-year career between the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves before joining the Astros for his final season in 1994. Taking into account the small sample size, Bream put up the best OPS+ of his career, a mark of 130 over 70 plate appearances. He hit .344 in 46 games