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Today in Astros History
July 31st

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1965 The Orioles release 38 year-old Robin Roberts after compiling a 5-7 record during the first four months of the season. Next week, the right-hander will be picked by the Astros as a free agent, and the future Hall of Famer will finish the season winning five of seven decisions, posting an ERA of 1.89 for his new team.
2003 Breaking a record he set a week later during last season, John Smoltz becomes the fastest pitcher to record 40 saves. The Braves' closer throws a scoreless ninth in the team's 7-4 victory over the Astros to establish the new mark.
2011 In a five-player deal, the Braves, hoping to add offensive punch during their run for the NL Wild Card, obtain Michael Bourn from the last-place Astros. The speedy center fielder, who is currently hitting .303 and has a major league-leading 39 stolen bases, gives the team its first bonafide leadoff hitter since Rafael Furcal left after the 2005 season.
2012 With their 10-1 loss in Milwaukee, the Astros finish July with a dismal 3-24 record. Only the 1988 Orioles (April - 1-22), 1916 A's (July - 2-28), 1982 Twins (May - 3-26), and the 1943 A's (August - 3-26) have compiled worse months in baseball history.
2019 At the trading deadline, the Diamondbacks send Zack Greinke and cash to the Houston Astros for minor leaguers Seth Beer, J.B. Bukauskas, Joshua Rojas, and Corbin Martin, a rookie right-handed starter. The 2009 Cy Young Award winner, who will post an 8-1 mark for the eventual AL champs, joins the top of a very talented rotation with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the winner and runner up for this season's prestigious pitcher award in the American League.

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