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Lance McCullers to rejoin Astros’ rotation Sunday

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Astros right-hander Lance McCullers was optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi after allowing six earned runs in one-third of an inning August 3 against the Rangers. The idea was to give the 21-year-old some rest so that he could be of value down the stretch.

But that period of rest has already come to an end.

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that McCullers will be added back to the starting rotation Sunday afternoon against the Dodgers. It’s the finale of a big three-game weekend series versus the leaders of the National League West race.

Even including that disastrous August 3 performance, McCullers boasts a 3.17 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 79/28 K/BB ratio in 76 2/3 innings this season for the American League West-leading Astros.

Video: Daniel Norris homers in first professional at-bat

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Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris went dead center off Jon Lester in his first career at-bat Wednesday

That wasn’t just the first major league plate appearance for Norris. It was his first place appearance at any level of professional baseball. Lester had allowed just three home runs to left-handers all year. Crazy.

Norris, 22, was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in last month’s David Price trade.

Video: Juan Perez robs Stephen Piscotty with style

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Giants outfielder Juan Perez made one of the catches of the year Wednesday night at Busch Stadium …

Stephen Piscotty went way deep to left field in the bottom of the third inning, taking Perez out of the equation and giving St. Louis a 2-0 lead over San Francisco. It was the rookie’s second career major league homer.