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President Trump Congratulates Astros In White House Championship Visit

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The Houston Astros were in attendance at the White House on Monday afternoon, as President Donald Trump declared their 2017 World Series championship “a victory for the ages.”

Trump had nothing but praise for the Astros during the 20-minute ceremony in the White House’s East Room. Per MLB.com via audio, here’s a bit of what Trump had to say:

“[Game 7 of the World Series] was one of the greatest baseball game’s anybody’s ever seen. Tremendous for the sport, and it really is a reminder of why baseball is our national pasttime.

“To [owner] Jim Crane, general manager Jeff Luhnow, president Reid Ryan, skipper AJ Hinch, you’ve become very famous. AJ, you’ve become very famous, I have to tell you. That was a great job of skippering. And all of the players and staff, congratulations on your incredible victory. It was indeed. After the devastating Hurricane Harvey, it’s incredible with what you went through, that you’re the champions with what you went through, with Harvey. It’s a really befitting tribute.”

Full audio of the ceremony, beginning at 55:30, can be heard below:

Astros outfielder Josh Reddick posed with the President holding a team Trump jersey sporting a #17 to signify the franchise’s historic win:

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According to USA TODAY, the only Astros players not to attend were shortstop Carlos Correa and pitcher Ken Giles, both due to family obligations.

“I want to thank all the fans,” said Astros owner and CEO Jim Crane. “59 years, we’ve never won a World Series, Texas has never won a World Series, so we’re glad to finally deliver that for the state of Texas.”

Overall, a nice moment. I don’t think Trump meant to say Game 7 was “one of the greatest baseball game’s anybody’s ever seen” though; pretty sure he meant Game 5 in Houston.

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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