The race for American League home-field advantage comes down to this

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The Astros didn't get the results they were hoping for after losing a series to the White Sox on Wednesday, but there's no reason to panic.

Houston has dropped behind the Yankees in the race for the best record in the American League, but the soft schedule for the Astros should help them close the gap.

​ESPN 97.5's Charlie Pallilo shares his thoughts on the Yankees tough schedule and how the Astros should be able to capitalize down the stretch.

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Rockets GM Rafael Stone is wheeling and dealing. Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Houston Rockets made a trade with the Brooklyn Nets to send the Nets' 2026 first-round pick back to Brooklyn. In exchange, the Rockets receive the Suns' 2027 first-round pick, a pick swap with the Suns in 2025, and could end up with the Suns' pick in 2029.

Sound confusing yet? Woj is also reporting that the Rockets have/had interest in using the Suns' picks to acquire Kevin Durant or Devin Booker down the road, should the Suns decide to rebuild.

Hopefully, this will clear things up. Per Kelly Iko of The Athletic:

The Rockets are now essentially in control of the Suns’ 2025 and 2027 first-round picks, still have the Nets’ 2027 first (in addition to their own 2027 first) and have the right to choose the more favorable 2029 first-round pick between Dallasand Phoenix, a team source confirmed. In 2028 and 2029, Houston also has its own first-round pick.


Woj discusses the deal further in the video below. The Rockets' conversation starts at the 4:20 mark.

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