Here's how the Houston Texans call to Derek Stingley Jr went down

The Texans drafted Derek Stingley Jr. Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans made a surprising pick at No. 3 overall in the NFL Draft on Thursday night when they selected LSU corner Derek Stingley Jr. Many in the media believed the Texans would draft an offensive tackle with their first pick, but the Texans decided to take a player they believe is the best corner in the draft. Houston addressed the offensive line with their next pick at No. 15 overall after trading back two spots, selecting Texas A&M guard, Kenyon Green.

Be sure to check out the video to see Texans GM Nick Caserio tell Stingley over the phone that he will be drafted by Houston. Caserio also talks with Texans CEO Cal McNair about the selection. Finally, Stingley gets on the phone with head coach Lovie Smith, and Cal McNair.

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The Houston Astros managed to win the AL West once again, and while things got a little nerve wracking toward the end of the season, when it mattered most, the 'Stros took care of business.

It certainly didn't hurt to get a little help from the Mariners, beating the Rangers 1-0 on Sunday, paving the way for the Astros to secure the division. Rangers fans and members of their broadcast team were none too pleased with the Diamondbacks resting some of their starters on Sunday.

But let's be real, with the division on the line, the Rangers couldn't even manage to score a single run on Sunday against Seattle. That's why they're playing in the Wild Card series, not because of how Arizona approached Sunday's game.

So what did we learn during these must-win games over the last week? A lot was made of GM Dana Brown's comments on the team's flagship station. Brown was hoping manager Dusty Baker would put the best offensive lineup on the field. Yainer Diaz did not start a single game of the Diamondbacks series. But Chas McCormick played every game of the Mariners and Diamondbacks series, except for the finale against Seattle, after being hit in the back with a fastball the night before.

Michael Brantley played in two of three against Arizona, so he appears to be an option Dusty will turn to moving forward. And with the Astros only scoring 1 and 2 runs in two of the three wins against the D-Backs, the Astros need every bit of offense they can get.

Plus, we discuss how getting extra rest for Michael Brantley, Jose Abreu, and the bullpen could pay huge dividends for the club. And don't look now, but Jose Abreu is getting hot at just the right time!

Be sure to watch the video above for the full discussion.

And be sure to watch Stone Cold 'Stros (an Astros podcast) every Monday on SportMapHouston's YouTube channel.

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