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Houston Astros News
Yordan, Altuve And Houston In The VITAL SERIES (nationworldnews.com)
Here’s why we need to have a candid conversation about Astros’ Jose Altuve (houston.sportsmap.com)
AL West News
Garver homers, Heaney throws shutout ball in the Rangers’ 2-1 win over the Mets (michigansthumb.com)
Bohm Took It Personally: Phillies 12 Angels 7 (thegoodphight.com)
The Angels Are Now Giving Away Key Players For Free (outkick.com)
The Oakland Athletics face the Mariners tonight in Seattle (athleticsnation.com)
A’s top Minor Leaguers from August 2023 (mlb.com)
Unsung player of Seattle Mariners’ hot streak? Teoscar Hernández (sports.mynorthwest.com)
MLB News (mlb.com)
Tourists Stun BlueClaws Late, Win 6-4 in Extras (ousrsportscentral.com)
Kansas City Royals (March 30 — August 29)
With their loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates last night, the Kansas City Royals were eliminated from postseason consideration. They’re the second team to be mathematically retired from the race for the 2023 World Series title.
The Royals were retired from the wildcard race a few days ago, and although they can still technically catch the Minnesota Twins (if KC wins their final 28 games and the Twins lose their last 29, both teams will be 69-93), the Twins have already claimed the tiebreaker against KC by winning the season series.
Kansas City was 7-22 after April, then they put up their best month of the season, going 10-17 in May. Yeah, that was their best month of the season to date. They only managed to place one player onto the American League All-Star Team (catcher Salvador Perez). Although they did win seven-in-a-row from July 28 through August 4, their second-longest winning streak was two games, and they’ve endured losing streaks of five or more games on four occasions.
The Astros have yet to face the Royals in 2023, and will meet them for three home and three away coming up in September. Kansas City is heretofore relegated to the role of spoiler. Let’s hope they spoil someone else.
Houston Astros Birthdays
RHP Roberto Hernández (43) played 11 major league seasons for six teams, including the Houston Astros in 2015. He made 11 starts and nine trips out of the bullpen as a swingman for the first two-thirds of that season, holding a 1.370 WHIP and a 4.48 FIP. His best performance came in a loss, on May 8, when he struck out three, walked zero, and held the Los Angeles Angels to two runs on seven hits over 7 2⁄3 innings. The video below is from a different game.