Hous­ton Astros

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Kyle Tucker

Last sea­son, was named Hous­ton’s Mi­nor League Player of the Year. This sea­son, he’s go­ing to try to help the Astros win their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive World Se­ries.

Tucker, the team’s lat­est siz­zling prospect, was called up July 7 and fig­ures to be­come a fix­ture in left field, es­pe­cially against right-handed starters. The 21-year-old left-handed hit­ter, whose brother Pre­ston played for the Astros in 2015-16, had checked all the boxes against mi­nor lea­guers.

“The only thing he hasn’t an­swered is whether he can con­sis­tently hit at the ma­jor league level, and that’s what he is here for,” man­ager said. “This is the next chal­lenge for him.”

Tucker, who was hitting .306 with 14 homers and 66 RBI for Class AAA Fresno (Calif.), can play ei­ther cor­ner-out­field spot. But with the Astros ro­tat­ing through five starters in left this year, Tucker, the fifth over­all pick in the 2015 ama­teur draft, likely will land there.

❚ All-Star short­stop

who was placed on the dis­abled list June 26, still is slowed by a stiff back. He could re­turn this week, but Cor­rea and Hinch aren’t pin­point­ing an ex­act date. “I want to be sure I’m right when I get back out there and can play all the way to late Oc­to­ber,” Cor­rea said.

Cor­rea, A.J. Hinch Car­los

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Los An­ge­les An­gels third base­man David Fletcher is mak­ing the most of his op­por­tu­nity, bat­ting and field­ing well.

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