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  • Ex-Astro Hunter Pence shows he’s a good sport

    Ex-Astro Hunter Pence shows he’s a good sport

    chron.com Updated 35 minutes ago
    After breaking his left forearm when he was hit by a pitch Thursday, Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, a former Astros all-star, is expected to miss six to eight weeks. The man who hit Pence, Cubs minor leaguer Corey Black, expressed remorse for his waywa…
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  • Astros scout turned away from Venezuela

    Astros scout turned away from Venezuela

    chron.com 3 hours ago
    JUPITER, Fla. — The Astros will have to wait to watch the next Jose Altuve. A new requirement in Venezuela that every American visitor be granted a visa before entry to the baseball-rich country has already affected the Astros, the organization that was…
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  • Clock practice a part of spring, instant replay is not

    Clock practice a part of spring, instant replay is not

    chron.com 4 hours ago
    JUPITER, Fla. — In 2014, the first year managers were able to ask for umpire reviews, the system was used in a handful of spring training games. Everyone, including ex-manager Bo Porter, was able to see how it worked in the dugout at game speed. For new…
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  • Astros manager A.J. Hinch knows consistency is key to momentum

    Astros manager A.J. Hinch knows consistency is key to momentum

    chron.com 4 hours ago
    JUPITER, Fla. — A.J. Hinch sees a double standard of spring training wins and losses. “It’s always better to win,” said Hinch, who entered Friday afternoon’s game against the Cardinals 1-0 in Grapefruit League play. “I think you always say you love winn…
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  • HistorySource: Game Over for the Astrodome, ‘Stadium of the Fut…

    HistorySource: Game Over for the Astrodome, ‘Stadium of the Future’

    nytimes.com 6 hours ago
    The stadium was a gargantuan advertisement for the possibilities suggested by American technology, and yet was rendered a relic within decades.
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  • Astros A to Z: Luke Gregerson

    Astros A to Z: Luke Gregerson

    chron.com 8 hours ago
    Each day the Astros are in Florida for spring training, we will profile a different member of the 40-man roster. Today, we look at Luke Gregerson. LUKE GREGERSONPosition: PitcherBats/throws: Left/rightHeight/weight: 6-3, 200Opening day age: 30Hometown: …
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  • Mark Appel learns from adversity in first outing

    Mark Appel learns from adversity in first outing

    chron.com 23 hours ago
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The first Grapefruit League outing of Mark Appel’s career included three doubles, one run and a pair of strikeouts over two innings Thursday in the Astros’ 6-3 win over the Phillies. The Astros righty pitched the third and fourth innin…
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  • No problems for Lee in Grapefruit League debut

    No problems for Lee in Grapefruit League debut

    MLB.com chron.com 23 hours ago
    Cliff Lee pitched two scoreless innings in his first game action since July, though the Phillies' comeback effort wasn't enough in a 6-3 loss to the Astros.
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  • 'Normal' is watchword in Lee's first game back

    'Normal' is watchword in Lee's first game back

    MLB.com 24 hours ago
    The most important result for veteran Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee after his start in Thursday's 6-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Astros at Osceola County Stadium wasn't even a number at all. It was this: "It feels normal," the 36-year-old said.
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  • Lee Pitches 2 Easy Innings in Phillies' 6-3 Loss to Astros

    Lee Pitches 2 Easy Innings in Phillies' 6-3 Loss to Astros

    nytimes.com chron.com Mar 5 (yesterday)
    Cliff Lee faced major league hitters for the first time since July 31, when his season ended with an elbow injury.
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  • Roberto Hernandez arrives, throws first bullpen

    Roberto Hernandez arrives, throws first bullpen

    chron.com Mar 5 (yesterday)
    Roberto Hernandez throws his first pitches in Astros uniform (video) pic.twitter.com/9kyzmBsL0F — Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 5, 2015 KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Righty Roberto Hernandez took a physical and then threw his first bullpen in an Astros unifor…
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  • Hank Conger delayed by wrist soreness

    Hank Conger delayed by wrist soreness

    chron.com Mar 5 (yesterday)
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. — New Astros catcher Hank Conger, who is slated to share the load of the catching duties this season behind primary backstop Jason Castro, has been coping with left wrist soreness lately, manager A.J. Hinch said. But the situation appear…
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  • Astros A to Z: Marwin Gonzalez

    Astros A to Z: Marwin Gonzalez

    chron.com Mar 5 (yesterday)
    Each day the Astros are in Florida for spring training, we will profile a different member of the 40-man roster. Today, we look at Marwin Gonzalez. MARWIN GONZALEZPosition: InfielderBats/throws: Both/rightHeight/weight: 6-1, 202Opening day age: 26Hometo…
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  • Astros getting ready for Grapefruit League opener on Thursday

    Astros getting ready for Grapefruit League opener on Thursday

    chron.com Mar 4 (yesterday)
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Astros scaled back practice some Wednesday morning ahead of their first Grapefruit League game of the season Thursday. Lefty Cliff Lee is slated to start for the Phillies in a 12:05 p.m. CT start at the home of the Astros, Osceola …
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  • Berkman to be inducted into college Hall of Fame

    Berkman to be inducted into college Hall of Fame

    MLB.com chron.com Mar 4 (2 days ago)
    Former Astros slugger Lance Berkman, who won the National Player of the Year Award at Rice University in Houston, was named to the 2015 National College Baseball Hall of Fame induction class on Wednesday.
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  • Astros A to Z: Evan Gattis

    Astros A to Z: Evan Gattis

    chron.com Mar 4 (2 days ago)
    Each day the Astros are in Florida for spring training, we will profile a different member of the 40-man roster. Today, we look at Evan Gattis. EVAN GATTISPosition: Catcher/infielder/outfielderBats/throws: Right/rightHeight/weight: 6-4, 260Opening day a…
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  • The Sports Update: Drellich on Astros’ bullpen options

    The Sports Update: Drellich on Astros’ bullpen options

    chron.com Mar 3 (3 days ago)
    Astros beat writer Evan Drellich discusses manager A.J. Hinch’s bullpen plans from spring training in Kissimmee, Fla.
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  • Astros pitchers aim to be quicker to plate to cut down on steal…

    Astros pitchers aim to be quicker to plate to cut down on steals

    chron.com Mar 3 (3 days ago)
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Holding runners has been emphasized to Astros pitchers this spring training, because even if defensive shifts and the low strike have sapped offense league-wide, foot speed still doesn’t slump. The 109 bases stolen against Astros pitch…
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  • Astros target 7-man bullpen, leaving two spots open

    Astros target 7-man bullpen, leaving two spots open

    chron.com Mar 3 (3 days ago)
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The target for Astros manager A.J. Hinch is a 12-man pitching staff — five starters and a seven-man bullpen — which leaves two spots open this spring training: likely, a second lefthander behind Tony Sipp, and a long reliever or swing …
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  • Astros A to Z: Josh Fields

    Astros A to Z: Josh Fields

    chron.com Mar 3 (3 days ago)
    Each day the Astros are in Florida for spring training, we will profile a different member of the 40-man roster. Today, we look at Josh Fields. JOSH FIELDSPosition: PitcherBats/throws: Right/rightHeight/weight: 6-0, 193Opening day age: 29Hometown: Hull,…
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  • Video - Keuchel's Confidence Gets Boost In Spring Training 01:56

    Keuchel's Confidence Gets Boost In Spring Training

    Mar 1
    Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel discusses his new approach to spring training, now that he doesn't have to battle for a starting spot in the rotation, and his relationship with new manager A.J. Hinch.
  • Video - Springer Getting Ready For 2015 04:10

    Springer Getting Ready For 2015

    Feb 28
    Astros right fielder George Springer discusses what he learned from his 2014 season and talks about getting ready for the 2015 season.
  • Video - Pat Neshek Joins Olbermann 05:19

    Pat Neshek Joins Olbermann

    Feb 6
    Pat Neshek joins Keith Olbermann to discuss signing with the Houston Astros during the offseason and his extensive baseball card collection.
  • Video - Keith Law's Top MLB Prospects 03:10

    Keith Law's Top MLB Prospects

    Jan 26
    Keith Law breaks down the three best prospects from his list of the top 100 major league prospects.

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  • How Marcus Mariota Will Adapt to the NFL

    Mar 4
    Read Peter King’s profile on Marcus Mariota: He was nearly perfect in a Heisman-winning campaign last season. Nonetheless, no prospect is under more scrutiny right now than the Oregon quarterback Follow The MMQB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The M…
  • ESPN Now

    Mar 4
    Mark Rachesky, chairman of Lionsgate Entertainment and a noted distressed-asset investor, has emerged as the most recent bidder for the Atlanta Hawks,...
  • Sources: Lionsgate chairman bids for Hawks

    Mar 4
    Mark Rachesky, chairman of Lionsgate Entertainment and a noted distressed asset investor, has emerged as the most recent bidder for the Atlanta Hawks, according to league sources.
  • The Truth About Marcus Mariota

    Mar 4
    INDIANAPOLIS — With all due respect to pockmarked Jameis Winston, off-field landmine Dorial Green-Beckham and small-school (Hobart!) marvel Ali Marpet, Marcus Mariota has more coaches and scouts staying up nights watching video than anyone in the 2015 d…