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The Houston Astros Have a Clutch Hitter in Yuli Gurriel

The Houston Astros Have a Clutch Hitter in Yuli Gurriel

Martes allowed four hits and two runs with seven strikeouts in five-plus innings. Getting the start in place of rightfielder Aaron Judge, who popped out for the first out of the ninth against Giles as a pinch hitter, Frazier, 22, homered and doubled in four at-bats.

Luis Severino got ahead of Marwin Gonzalez 0-2 after Carlos Beltran opened the second inning with a double.

While Gurriel has certainly endured some peaks and valleys during his short time in Houston, one cannot question the effort and attitude he has brought to a clubhouse full of guys that are always ready to sacrifice for the greater good of the team.

As for the rest of this season, I expect McCullers to finish strong and possibly pitch more than one game in the playoffs. Gurriel can absolutely be a major force in this Astros 2017 playoff run, and if he keeps delivering memorable moments like the one he produced last night, Houston Astros fans will surely never forget the impact of El Yuli. Originally a shortstop in Chicago, this will be Castro's first All-Star Game selection as a second baseman. Houston (54-27) lost for the first time in eight games with McCullers on the bump, dating to May 6.

ORIOLES 7, RAYS 1: Manny Machado hit a three-run homer, Kevin Gausman (5-7) pitched seven innings of two-hit ball.

"I was out of the dugout right away", Yankees manager Joe Girardi told N.J.

Houston bounced back from a 6-4 loss in its series opener with the Oakland Athletics to win the next two games, ending its series losing streak at home and improving to 7-3 overall over its last 10 games. With two outs and the bases loaded, Carlos Correa came through and roped a double down the third base line putting the Astros up 5-0. With Torres out, the prospect hype machine will hone in on the redhead with what Cashman called "legendary" bat speed.

The Yankees have a Dellin Betances problem and they don't know how to fix him. And I know it's the way the stadium is designed.

Correa had a solo homer in the sixth. In that time, he's walked six and struck out five. Among all the greatness they have shown this year, the Achilles heel has been the bullpen that was on display Friday against the Yankees.

The outfielder's promotion comes on the heels of a devastating injury for Dustin Fowler. He has power. He's made adjustments to his game.