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Jose Altuve Keeps it 100, Leads ‘Stros Past Sox

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If Game One of the American League Division Series was anything to go by, Jose Altuve is feeling good this October. Good luck, opposing pitchers.

The frontrunner for the American League MVP Award turned in a performance worthy of that designation on Thursday, smacking three solo home runs en route to an 8-2 Astros victory over Boston. In so doing, he became just the ninth player in baseball history to homer three times in a postseason contest, joining names like Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and George Brett.

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Astros Take Three in Boston Ahead of ALDS

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The Houston Astros wrapped up their dominant 2017 season by claiming three wins in a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park last weekend.

Their next opponent? Those same Red Sox, who travel to Houston to begin the best-of-five American League Division Series on Thursday.

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Astros in Boston For Final Tune-Up

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Fenway Park will be rocking this weekend as the Astros tangle with the Boston Red Sox in a pivotal four-game series to close out the regular season.

Adding to the intrigue is the fact that both teams are ticketed for the postseason—and may in fact face one another in the first round of the playoffs, pending Houston’s ability to pass the Cleveland Indians in the standings and take the #1 overall seed. The Astros are currently one game behind Cleveland with four left to play. Unless they close that gap over the weekend and finish with a better overall record, they’ll take the #2 seed and face the Red Sox in round one. So tonight’s game may very well be the first of nine consecutive matchups between the two powerhouse teams.

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Houston Embarks On Season’s Last Road Trip

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With seven games to go in the regular season and the AL West Division long since cinched up, you might think that the Houston Astros have little to play for these days.

You’d be mistaken.

The Astros are still hot in pursuit of the Cleveland Indians for home field advantage throughout the playoffs. That honor will go to the team with the best overall record when all’s said and done. As of this writing, Houston sits 2.5 games behind Cleveland in the race to the top.

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The Chase For Home-Field Advantage Continues

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It’s hard to call a 93-win season a disappointment. Especially when there are still ten games to be played.

Even so, it’s hard for Houston fans not to be a little bummed by the current American League standings. While the Astros have played well lately, winning seven of their last nine games, the Cleveland Indians have been even better. With another victory on Thursday night, Cleveland has taken a staggering 27 of their last 28 contests. That puts them 2.5 games ahead of the Astros for the best record in the league. Keep Reading

Best in the West

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Could it have gone any other way?

The Houston Astros clinched their division—thereby securing a place in the postseason—Sunday afternoon by defeating the Seattle Mariners by a score of 7-1. It’s the seventh division championship in Astros history, and the first since 2001. The ‘Stros last made the playoffs as a Wild Card team in 2015, losing in the ALDS to Kansas City, the eventual World Series champs. Keep Reading

Inside the Home of the Astros

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This summer, Houston became a baseball town. Chalk it up to the success of the hometown Astros, whose magical year has included an 11-game winning streak and a ridiculous 16.5-game division lead by the All-Star Break. Injuries have slowed the ‘Stros in the season’s second half, but one thing is inescapably clear: The days of 100-loss seasons are over. Don’t expect them back anytime soon. Keep Reading

Astros Running Hot and Cold

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Well, that was weird.

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Astros Gaining Altitude

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These are the Astros Houston got used to this summer. Winners of seven in a row, the ball club is once again functioning on all cylinders. Over the course of a three-game sweep of the Mariners in Seattle, Houston pitching allowed all of six runs. The offense scored 14.

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Astros Line ‘Em Up

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The Astros couldn’t have drawn it up any better.

After a three-game sweep of the New York Mets in their emotional homecoming, the ‘Stros hit the road for three games in Seattle. It was a significant moment for the team – they shone big and bright in their return to Houston, and are now lined up to star on an even bigger stage. The playoff roster is starting to take shape, most notably in the starting rotation.

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