Dallas Keuchel starts for Astros Friday after 8 weeks on DL

The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is just a few days away, and the Houston Astros are adding a former Cy Young Award winner, a pitcher with an undefeated record this season, to an already strong rotation.

A trade? No, at least not yet. They will get ace Dallas Keuchel back on Friday after missing two months on the disabled list with neck discomfort.

Before he threw a pitch to Beltre, Hernandez approached Beltre and gave him a hug to congratulate him for reaching the career milestone over the weekend. It was a quick moment but meaningful in its sincerity, and it happened in the middle of the game instead of before or afterward near a dugout.

A public display of friendship between two players doesn’t usually pause a game completely, but in this case it was warranted.

Possibly the best part of the clip is the ump who at first is not having it but then relents when he realizes what is going on. Again, if there is one hug that should be allowed to happen between two players in the middle of an inning, this is probably it.

After the hug, Beltre immediately got back to business with hit 3,001 off his old friend.

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Reggie Wayne picks a QB other than Luck or Manning as hardest passer

Congratulations are in order for Curtis Painter. On Tuesday, Reggie Wayne gave him an unofficial award that pertains to playing quarterback.

When Wayne was asked about who threw the hardest passes, he didn't name Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning (before his arm stopped functioning like a normal arm last year). He also didn't name Tom Brady, who threw to Wayne this past summer during Patriots training camp. Instead, Wayne chose Curtis Painter.

It's 2016, and we're talking about Curtis Painter.

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