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The Astros defeated the Orioles 4-0 yesterday afternoon to move them to 45-22 and are 9.5 up on the Rangers for 1st in the division. Notes:
Alvarez: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI
Reddick: 2-4, RBI
Miley: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Bullpen (Pressly, Rondon, James, Osuna): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
The Chron has the overall series takeaways from this Baltimore series.
Here are the four major things that the Yordan callup told us.
Here are the 7 other Astros to homer in their MLB debut (it's not exactly the Houston Astros Hall of Fame behind this link just prep now)
Which pitching staff was better? Version 2018 or Version 2019?
Wednesday is George Springer Thumbs Up Bobblehead Day so pick that one up if you can. All fans will get one.
Cionel Perez rocks, per A.J. Hinch.
Ever wonder why there are so many pigeons in cities? It's because of this weird evolutionary trait. This and more pigeon facts found right here!
The NBA Season is winding down. See how Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green have saved McDonald's $6 million dollars.
On This Day in Baseball History
In 1997, Kevin Brown no-hit the Giants in Candlestick Park. He faced only 28 batters, hitting one in the 8th inning.
In 2002, Marcus Thames became the 2nd Yankee to ever hit a home run on the first MLB pitch he saw.
In 2006, Reggie Sanders became the 5th MLB player ever to record 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases.
In 2011, Michael Acosta, a 17-year old who survived testicular cancer, had his wish granted by being given the opportunity to manage the Minnesota Twins for a day, his lifelong favorite team.