Good acquisition but at a huge price

After giving Clowney away for nothing, Texans pay steep price for left tackle Tunsil from Miami

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On a day the Texans gave Jadeveon Clowney away for almost nothing, they also got the left tackle they have been missing since they gave Duane Brown away for almost nothing.

The Texans have acquired young franchise tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills from the Miami Dolphins, per Ian Rappaport.

The Texans will pay a steep price in draft picks for Tunsil, but they get a top 10 left tackle in the league, and a player who should get better. It gives a great boost to a terrible offensive line.

There had been rumors of a Clowney for Tunsil swap, but Clowney refused to go to Miami. The Texans let themselves be bullied into sending him to Seattle for next to nothing.

But they made a deal for Tunsil anyway, instead reportedly shipping two first round picks and a second rounder. The price is ridiculous, but they get a great player at a position of need. Apparently, failed tackle Julien Davenport and special teams ace Johnson Bademosi are also headed to Miami.

They also dealt last year's third round pick, Martinas Rankin, to Kansas City for running back Carlos Hyde, who should mitigate the loss of Lamar Miller for the season. Still, Rankin becomes another third-round pick whiff.

Are the Texans better after these moves? Certainly on offense, but they have essentially mortgaged the future. Will it be worth it? Time will tell.

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Houston drops the game to Arizona

D-backs outslug Greinke and Astros to take series opener

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With the series win over the Rangers by taking two of three games in the middle of the week, the Astros welcomed the Diamondbacks to Minute Maid Park for a three-game weekend series, Houston's final three regular-season home games. Here is how the opener unfolded:

Final Score: Diamondbacks 6, Astros 3.

Record: 25-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Zac Gallen (2-2, 3.00 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luis Garcia (0-1, 2.53 ERA).

Houston scores first, but Arizona grabs a lead against Greinke

Houston would get on the board first on Friday night, with George Springer reaching base in the bottom of the first on an error, moving to second on a walk, then to third on a single, as the Astros loaded the bases with no out to threaten a big inning. Instead, they would come away with just one run, with Springer taking home on a wild pitch, grabbing the 1-0 lead, but leaving runs on the table.

They doubled their lead in the bottom of the third, getting a two-out RBI-double by Kyle Tucker to make it a 2-0 Houston lead. The D-backs responded in the top of the fourth, getting back-to-back singles to lead off the inning before a three-run homer by Kole Calhoun off of Zack Greinke would put Arizona in front, 3-2. Greinke would finish one more inning before Houston would move to their bullpen, striking out the side to bring his total to nine on the night, making the bad fourth inning the one blemish on his night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 89 P.

Astros tie it, but D-backs take the opener

George Springer would get Greinke off the hook in the bottom of the fifth, leading off the half-inning with a solo bomb to tie the game at 3-3. Luis Garcia was first out of Houston's bullpen and retired Arizona in order for a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the sixth. He returned for the top of the seventh but would allow a leadoff single, RBI-triple, and wild pitch to bring in two runs. He would face two more batters, allowing a double and getting a strikeout, before Dusty Baker would come out to get him, now down 5-3.

Blake Taylor would make his return from the IL after Garcia, getting back-to-back outs to finish the inning. He continued on in the 5-3 game in the top of the eighth, but allowed a one-out solo homer to Calhoun, his second of the night and fourth RBI. That made it a 6-3 D-backs lead, which would go final as Houston would go scoreless after Springer's home run back in the fifth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will start Saturday at 6:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Luke Weaver (1-7, 6.70 ERA) for Arizona and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.22 ERA) for Houston.

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