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August 2017

Astros Rerouted to The Trop

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The Houston Astros’ home series against the Texas Rangers, originally scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday at Minute Maid Park, has been rerouted to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The news comes as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey continue to soak Houston with dangerous floodwater.

The status of Houston’s weekend series against the New York Mets is uncertain; it’s worth noting that Tropicana Field will be available this weekend, if needed.

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Astros Hit Anaheim For Players Weekend

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It’s hard to get much done in Washington, D.C. Just ask the Houston Astros.

The ‘Stros dropped games one and three in Washington to cede the series to the Nationals and continue their recent funk.

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Featured Pick: Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

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Bosscat Kitchen & Libations is the kind of place that’s so fantastic, you’re not sure where to begin when describing it to folks. The menu? The décor? The staff, who’ve all achieved that rare combination of incredibly hip and very kind?

For the purposes of this story, let’s start with Houston Restaurant Weeks. Everyone’s favorite foodie holiday for a cause (the wonderful Houston Food Bank) ends on September 30, and with such an extensive list of participating restaurants, it can be difficult to choose which places you’ll prioritize over the next two weeks. Houston, we have a recommendation.

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Quartet of Injured Astros Nearing Return

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In case you hadn’t noticed, the Astros offense has been a little quiet lately. A power outage has sapped the life out of Houston’s bats over the last four games, as the team has managed just eight runs over that time.

On one hand, this is perplexing. The Astros can usually be relied upon to put up gaudy offensive numbers, and they’re receiving stellar contributions from George Springer, Jose Altuve, Marwin Gonzalez, and a resurgent Alex Bregman.

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Alex Bregman Takes Off

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The Astros’ constellation of stars continues to grow.

You know about Jose Altuve – everybody knows about Jose Altuve. The diminutive superstar is enjoying a sensational season at the keystone, batting over .360 and pacing the big leagues in Wins Above Replacement, per fangraphs.com.

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Keuchel Rights The Ship

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Here’s the bad news: The Astros lost their series against the rival Texas Rangers, two games to one. That’s two series losses in a row, and leaves the ‘Stros with just three wins in their last ten games.

Now for the good news: Staff leader Dallas Keuchel finally flashed his Cy Young form on Sunday afternoon, leading Houston to its only win of the series on the back of 6 2/3 dominant innings. Keuchel allowed one earned run on six base hits, walking three and striking out seven. He earned the victory, moving to 10-2 on the 2017 season.

It was a long time coming. Keuchel hadn’t tallied a W since way back on June 2 – also against the Rangers, in Arlington. He hit the disabled list with neck discomfort a few days after than, and missed most of the next two months slowly mending the nagging injury. Sunday marked his fourth time starting since rejoining the Houston roster, and his first time pitching to his own lofty standards. A healthy and effective Keuchel would go a long way towards stabilizing a Houston rotation that’s missing electric youngster Lance McCullers Jr.

Jose Altuve – who’s batting a stunning .362, and is emerging as a frontrunner for the American League Most Valuable Player award – led the charge on offense with a pair of base hits, including his 18th home run of the season. A seventh-inning RBI single from Carlos Beltrán gave the Astros a 2-1 lead before Keuchel turned the game over to the bullpen.

Houston closer Ken Giles recorded six outs for his 23rd save of the season, notching two strikeouts along the way. Giles has been a bright spot for a beleaguered Houston bullpen, working to a 2.86 ERA in an array of high-leverage situations.

Clippard Brought In To Shore Up ‘Pen
The Astros may have missed out on their top targets ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline, but GM Jeff Luhnow and company are still keen to improve their club. Word broke late on Sunday that Houston had acquired White Sox reliever Tyler Clippard to do exactly that. Clippard has been a solid arm for the Sox this year, pitching to a 1.80 ERA in 11 games since the All-Star break, including two recent scoreless innings against the ‘Stros in Chicago.

Harris On The Way
Continuing the theme, Houston reliever Will Harris threw off a mound on Sunday – a critical step in his rehabilitation from an inflamed shoulder. Harris has been dearly missed – he ran a 2.86 ERA this year before his injury and can help reinvigorate a bullpen that’s looked overworked and overmatched since the break.

‘Stros Set To Rattle Snakes
The Astros are traveling to Arizona to take on an unfamiliar opponent – the Arizona Diamondbacks of the NL West. The D-Backs are enjoying a stellar year. At 65-52, they share the third-best record in the National League. Even so, they sit a stunning 18 games out of first place, behind the juggernaut Los Angeles Dodgers. Collin McHugh draws tonight’s start for the ‘Stros. He’ll face a tough opponent: Arizona ace Zack Greinke. Greinke will sling his first pitch at 8:40 Central.

Featured Picks: Uptown Restaurants

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Uptown is glitz, it’s glamour, and it’s the Galleria. It’s also home to some of the best dining in the city, and we’re here with the scoop on three not-to-be-missed restaurants that are dishing up special menus for Houston Restaurant Weeks (August 1 – September 4). We love this foodie holiday, because it gives a whole new meaning to dining with care: Each HRW meal benefits the Houston Food Bank. Bon appétit!



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‘Stros Swept Out Of Windy City

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The time is coming for the Chicago White Sox to run circles around the best of the American League.

That’s not supposed to be for a few years, though.

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