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This week was another really awful week of WWE "entertainment." In what was supposed to be the "go home" week for Money in the Bank, where WWE typically tries to end on awesome high notes and get everyone pumped for the event. That didn't exactly happen this time around. WWE is on their European tour still and basically it felt like there's only four important matches at Money in the Bank. Becky Lynch's two matches and she did a double contract signing with Charlotte Flair and Lacey Evans and then it devolved into a fight but at least it had some great promos, and The Miz and Shane McMahon in the cage match and Roman Reigns fighting Elias. That's all that seems to matter for this event; Alexa Bliss didn't even fight in the Raw Women's promo match and Baron Corben and Drew Mcintyre helped get Braun Strowman out of the men's ladder match.

Smackdown again stayed focus on Shane McMahon and his two foes Roman Reigns and The Miz. They did do a fun thing where The Usos showed up to help and Rowan and Daniel Bryan being in the pocket of Shane is kind of an interesting thing. The idea of a new Authority or Corporation or whatever they want to be called would be cool. They could do a better job and all have their own angles but still helping McMahon. The Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville team is cruising for a clear rivalry match at some point in the very near future, which means to me that Mandy Rose is now one of my favorites for the money in the bank. She wins the contract and then Sonya chases her for it, boom entertainment! I don't really understand the excitement around Lars Sullivan, he cuts awful promos, he doesn't seem to be able to move and honestly he isn't that large of a guy in the scheme of WWE athletes. Somehow the Kevin Owens and Kofi Kingston match suddenly feels like a far less important match than Kofi has been in since winning the title, which is disappointing although they did manage to end Smackdown strongly which was a surprise considering how bad the week was overall.

Hopefully a balance will be found before the coming move to Fox or Smackdown will struggle to find the new audience it feels like WWE is searching for. All of these changes and scrambling feels like WWE is genuinely fearing the upcoming AEW events and inevitable premiere on television and is trying to make as many people happy as possible but all of this craziness is going the other way it feels like, possibly turning fans off instead of bringing new fans on, only time will tell.

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Houston scored in droves

Astros drub Twins in finale to take series win

Houston's offense showered Minnesota with hits in Sunday's finale. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

After splitting the first two games, with Houston's offense uncharacteristically ineffective in the loss on Saturday, they tried to turn things around with a win to take the series on Sunday. The Astros would bounce right back at the plate, getting hits and runs all through the afternoon to rout the Twins.

Final Score: Astros 14, Twins 3

Astros' Record: 37-28, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez (3-0)

Losing Pitcher: Michael Pineda (3-4)

Valdez keeps rolling

Framber Valdez continued to impress in 2021 after starting his season on the IL, posting another quality start with a win against the Twins. After four scoreless frames, he allowed a solo homer to start the bottom of the fifth, just the third hit of the game for Minnesota to that point. He went on to retire the next three batters to get through the inning.

He faltered a bit in the bottom of the sixth, allowing a leadoff double followed by a single, with a run coming across on an error on that play. He once again rebounded to finish that frame, then put up a 1-2-3 seventh to finish his day off, notching another quality start and a win. His final line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 97 P.

Houston keeps their foot on the gas

While Valdez's outing was a highlight of its own, Houston's offense was the story of the day. They put their foot down on the pedal all day and did not let up, starting in the top of the first when Jose Altuve turned the first pitch of the game around for a single, later scoring on a sac fly by Alex Bregman to put the Astros in front 1-0.

After two scoreless innings, they got right back on the scoreboard in the fourth with a two-run homer by Kyle Tucker, then kept pouring it on with two runs in the fifth on a sac fly by Yuli Gurriel and an error, making it 5-0 at the time. The runs kept coming in the top of the sixth, with a two-RBI double by Michael Brantley, who would score later on a two-run bomb by Yordan Alvarez. Then, in the top of the seventh, Brantley struck again to push it to double-digits with a two-RBI single to make it 11-2 and give Brantley 4 RBI on the afternoon.

With Houston swapping out starters with the hefty lead, even their pinch-hitters were getting involved, with Chas McCormick leading the top of the eighth off with a solo shot to make it a ten-run game. They then loaded the bases with no outs, setting up a sac fly for Myles Straw to make it 13-2.

Astros take the series

In the bottom of the eighth, Ralph Garza Jr. came in as the first reliever out of the bullpen for Houston. He recorded two quick outs but then met Nelson Cruz, who lasered a solo homer to put it back at a ten-run game before finishing the frame. Houston put their twentieth hit on the board in the top of the ninth, their highest total this season, en route to another scoring inning with a sac fly by Robel Garcia to make it 14-3. Garza came in for his second inning of work to wrap things up in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Astros a successful end to this series and road trip.

Up Next: Houston will travel home before an off day on Monday to rest before 20 days of consecutive games. They'll kick off a six-game homestand on Tuesday, welcoming in the Rangers for two starting at 7:10 PM Central. Lance McCullers Jr. (3-1, 2.96 ERA) will make his return from the IL for the Astros, though Jake Odorizzi will "piggy-back" him, and Kyle Gibson (4-0, 2.13 ERA) will take the mound for Texas.

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