A big return and some long-coming declines shake up the bullpen rankings this week.

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Collin McHugh was absolutely lights out in his debut for the Astros. Called up to start for an injured Scott Feldman, McHugh struck out 12 Mariners in six and two thirds shutout innings. “That’s what you call seizing the opportunity,” Bo Porter said. “It was great,” McHugh said.

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Three times the Astros have gone to Safeco Field, losers of at least six straight games, and broken loose offensively. In April of last year, the Astros entered their April 9 game against the Mariners with a six-game losing streak, but the bats came alive in the first inning with six runs on seven hits. The Astros wound up scoring a season-high 16 runs in a 16-9 win. Later that season, on June 12, the Astros were again on a six-game losing streak and on the verge of being swept in Seattle.

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Off to one of the worst starts to a season on offense in a decade, the Houston Astros busted out of their slump against one baseball’s best pitchers. Matt Dominguez homered and drove in three runs as the Astros broke a seven-game skid with a 7-2 win over Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners on Monday night. ”I think the guys really accepted the challenge today,” Houston manager Bo Porter said. ”Having arguably one of the best pitchers in our league on the mound for those guys tonight, I felt like our guys really locked into the game plan.” Houston began the night with a .192 batting average, the lowest for any major league team through 19 games since the 2003 Detroit Tigers (.180), according to STATS.

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DETROIT (AP) — Albert Pujols is closing in on his 500th homer and joining a prestigious club. More important for the Los Angeles Angels, he’s looking like his powerful self again.

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Mariners’ pitching could get better soon

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Programming note: Astros-As coverage starts today at 12:30 p.m. with As Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California (Territory restrictions apply) Channel locations

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Wil Myers awakes from slumber with two homers and the Astros awake George Springer’s service clock in The Week That Was.

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Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. had to leave Friday’s game between Corpus Christi and Frisco after getting hit in the face with a pitch. The centerfielder for the Astros’ Double-A affiliate in Corpus Christi had gone 1-3 with his sixth stolen base of the season in the contest, but with one out in the seventh, DeShields was hit by a Phil Klein pitch. He was replaced by pinch runner Matt Duffy. Those around baseball sent their well wishes to DeShields on Twitter.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Jed Lowrie bunted with the Oakland A’s leading 7-0 in the first inning, and the Houston Astros seemed to take exception. In Lowrie’s next at-bat, he was nearly drilled by Astros reliever Paul Clemens, needing to dance out of the way. Lowrie glared at Clemens and, after flying out, had an animated conversation with several Astros, including manager Bo Porter, who vehemently voiced his displeasure with Lowrie. The A’s continued their dominance of the Astros with an 11-3 victory before 18,234 at the Oakland Coliseum on Friday night.

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