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Houston Astros News
Astros release two players following trades (yardbarker.com)
Houston Astros: Jake Meyers continues to bash lefthanded pitching (houstonchronicle.com)
Both Yankees and Astros announcers were fed up with Angel Hernandez (awfulannouncing.com)
AL West News
Los Angeles Angels
These 3 Teams Are Competing to Be the Biggest Disappointment of MLB 2023 (essentiallysports.com)
The Seattle Mariners are red-hot – have they finally clicked? (sports.mynorthwest.com)
Sweep! Mariners sink Angels in crucial four-game series — here comes Seattle (thenewstribune.com)
Why do defensive metrics hate Mariners’ J.P. Crawford so much? (seattletimes.com)
MLB News (mlb.com)
Houston Astros Birthdays
RF Domingo Santana (31) broke into the majors for 20 games with the 2014 and 2015 Astros. He went 10-for-56 with two home runs and eight RBI.
Journeyman catcher Tim Federowicz (36) went 7-for-34 in 10 games for the 2018 Astros.
Jesus de la Rosa (70) appeared as a pinch hitter in three games for the 1975 Astros, collecting a double and scoring a run.
Utilityman Jim Pankovits (68) played 316 games for Houston from 1984 through 1988. He hit .250/.307/.349 with nine round-trippers and 55 RBI.
LHP Wade LeBlanc (39) split his 13-season MLB career between nine teams, including Houston for the last part of 2013. In four games, he gave up 10 runs (half earned) in 6 1⁄3 innings.
RHP Don Larson (1929-2020) played for seven years in 14 seasons, joining the Houston franchise in 1964 and 1965. He started 11 times and came out of the bullpen 20 more, going 4-8 with a 2.40 ERA and 59 K’s in 108 2⁄3 innings. This is the same Larsen who tossed a 97-pitch perfect game for the 1956 New York Yankees, in Game Five of the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.