Norris fans a record 14 batters in win over Pirates

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Astros starter Bud Norris set a Minute Maid Park record on Saturday, striking out 14 batters over seven innings in a 3-2 victory over the Pirates

Norris is an odd talent.  He’ll show flashes of great potential, then get totally shelled next time out.  It’s partly control problems, and partly the fact that he is still learning.  Either way, the 25-year-old’s fastball is consistently clocked in the mid-90s and he has a slider that serves as a quality out pitch when it’s moving how he wants. 

Norris is averaging 9.75 strikeouts per nine innings this season and ran into an awful Pirates team.  It was a match made in heaven, and he made it work in record-breaking fashion.  Now look for him to be blown up next time out against the Mets.

Alex Bregman shaved his mustache off in the middle of Sunday’s game

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Astros third baseman Alex Bregman apparently wasn’t happy with his mustache on Sunday afternoon as he shaved it off in between innings during his team’s contest against the Royals. Bregman walked and later scored in the Astros’ eight-run second inning, but when he took his next plate appearance in the fourth inning, he was clean-shaven.

Sometimes you just need to switch things up. 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♀️

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Bregman made a throwing error in the seventh and finished 0-for-4 with the walk on the afternoon. The Astros won 11-3.

Bregman isn’t the only player to make headlines for his facial hair recently. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper recently shaved his signature beard. The Yankees approve of what both players have done.