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Tucker, Whitley Astros' top Minor Leaguers

Outfielder Kyle Tucker and right-hander Forrest Whitley were named the Astros' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, by the team's player development department Thursday. They will be recognized in a ceremony before Sunday's home regular-season finale against the Angels.

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Astros mulling McCullers for Sunday start

The Astros have yet to name a starter for Sunday's regular-season home finale against the Angels. Astros manager A.J. Hinch is deciding between Collin McHugh, who pitched five innings Wednesday, and Lance McCullers Jr., who's pitched once since July 30.

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Game No. 152 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox

Can the Astros catch the Indians? We shall see.

Houston Astros (93-58) vs. Chicago White Sox (60-91), Sept. 21, 2017, 7:10 PM CT

TV: ATT SportsNet SW
Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM
Online: MLB.TV
White Sox SBNation Blog: South Side Sox

Pitching Matchup

LHP Dallas Keuchel (13-4, 2.96 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, .250 BABIP, 3.43 xFIP) vs. RHP Carson Fulmer (2-1, 4.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, .191 BABIP, 6.01 xFIP)

Preview

The Astros have won six in a row. They will likely have to win nearly every game down...

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Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

Welcome to this week's edition of Three Up, Three Down — your weekly catch-up of the three best highlights (and lowlights) from around the league. We're here for all of the cheers and the jeers, because it's baseball. You can't have a winner without someone losing along the way.Up: The most "homerific" season in MLB historyThis past Tuesday ended up being a milestone moment for baseball when Alex Gordon hit a home run in what will ultimately go down as a meaningless game between the Royals...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 21, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, September 21, 2017.

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Brad Peacock, trio of relievers pitch Astros to win over White Sox

As the days left before October dwindle and the Astros' postseason roster comes into clearer focus, the likelihood of Brad Peacock's inclusion in their American League Division Series rotation trends closer to a certainty.

Yoan Moncada stays hot at the plate in White Sox's 4-3 loss to Astros

Jose Abreu said he...

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Evaluating the Price and Future Value of the Verlander Deal

In August the Astros turned what we previously knew about MLB trade deadlines on it’s head. After a surprisingly quiet non-waiver deadline, the aggrieved front office made a splash a month later by acquiring one of the best currently-active pitchers from a career perspective. Justin Verlander brought some needed stability to the Astros staff after a 12-17 August, and could be quickly considered well worth the price after posting a 0.86 ERA in three Houston starts, including a gem in the AL...

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Astros 4, White Sox 3: Peacock, Yuli push Astros streak to 6 games

El Yuli collected three hits in Astros win.

The Astros have 12 games left in 2017, and the Indians had 11 entering Wednesday. Houston only trailed Cleveland by 1.5 games for the best record in the American League.

The Indians have continued to win, but so have the Astros. The Astros won 4-3 over the White Sox at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros got another strong outing from Brad Peacock, who allowed two earned runs on one hit over six innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Yuli Gurriel...

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Gurriel gives Astros' lineup potent depth

Yuli Gurriel, batting in the seventh spot Wednesday night, went 3-for-4 with a two-run double in the Astros' 4-3 win over the White Sox at Minute Maid Park.

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Astros turn to Keuchel on home-field quest

Looking to take another step toward home-field advantage in the postseason, the AL West-champion Astros turn to ace Dallas Keuchel in Thursday night's series finale at Minute Maid Park against the White Sox, who counter with rookie Carson Fulmer.

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Peacock sharp as Astros win 6th straight

Brad Peacock won his 12th game of the season by firing six innings of one-hit ball Wednesday night to lead the AL West-champion Astros to their sixth consecutive win, 4-3, over the White Sox at Minute Maid Park.

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Game No. 151 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox

Can the Astros catch the Indians? We shall see.

Houston Astros (92-58) vs. Chicago White Sox (60-90), Sept. 20, 2017, 7:10 PM CT

TV: ATT SportsNet SW
Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM
Online: MLB.TV
White Sox SBNation Blog: South Side Sox

Pitching Matchup

RHP Brad Peacock (11-2, 2.98 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, .304 BABIP, 3.67 xFIP) vs. RHP James Shields (4-6, 5.43 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, .269 BABIP, 5.28 xFIP)

Preview

The Astros have 12 games left to try to catch the Indians. In game one of that final...

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Icing on cake: Springer comes up big on b-day

Before he was blowing out candles for his 28th birthday on Tuesday, George Springer was blowing by a throw at the plate in a critical eighth inning in an eventual 3-1 Astros win, the club's fifth straight.

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Lupica: Astros on mission, bringing joy

There have been other natural disasters since Hurricane Harvey, of course. The attention of the country and the world have shifted their attention to other places, other disasters, which seem to come, out of the earth and out of the sky, with a frightening regularity. But in Houston, the recovery goes on.

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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 20, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

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Astros take series opener against White Sox

Order had been restored in the Astros' clubhouse by the time the players arrived to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday afternoon. The furniture cleared out for Sunday afternoon's division title clinching celebration was back in place. The plastic sheeting that covered locker stalls had been thrown away.

Lucas Giolito takes loss, but also...

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Astros 3, White Sox 1: McHugh, bullpen sharp in Astros win

Altuve goes oppo for his 24th home run.

The Houston Astros having nothing more to play for except the top record in the American League and head into the playoffs on a high note.

The Astros did both on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park with a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Collin McHugh held the Pale Hose to one run over five innings, while striking out five and walking one.

The Sox one run came from a Jose Abreu double in the third inning. The Astros answered back in the fourth...

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Astros' bullpen hitting stride at perfect time

Perhaps the Astros' bullpen is starting to hit its stride when it matters the most. Four relievers combined to strike out nine and allow one hit in four scoreless innings behind Collin McHugh in the Astros' 3-1 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

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Astros win 5th straight thanks to arms, Altuve

Collin McHugh won his third consecutive decision and combined with four relievers to handcuff the White Sox and send the American League West-champion Astros to their fifth win a row, 3-1, in Tuesday night's series opener at Minute Maid Park.

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Peacock to make case for postseason rotation

The Astros clinched the American League West on Sunday, but White Sox right-hander James Shields knows Houston will have plenty of motivation when the two teams match up on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. Brad Peacock gets the start for the home team.

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Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five contenders for the Cy Young in each league. American League 5) Dallas Keuchel, Astros The neck issue that robbed Keuchel of two months’ worth of action also likely robbed him of any realistic chance to...

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Baseball’s Improbable Contact Hitter

George Springer is hitting for contact. Much has been written about how, this year, the Astros have easily the lowest strikeout rate in baseball. One of the most strikeout-heavy lineups around has opted to put the bat on the ball, and now the Astros have a giant lead in wRC+. Part of that improvement in contact comes from adding players like Josh Reddick and Brian McCann. Part of that improvement in contact comes from the emergence of Yulieski Gurriel. And part of that improvement in contact...

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