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x-Arlington8874.543-7517331843-3845-3623-1118-1436-405-5W 1
y-Houston (E)8676.531272961811153-2833-4818-1614-1838-386-4L 1
Anaheim (E)8577.5253661675-1449-3236-4516-1617-1744-327-3L 1
Seattle (E)7686.46912656726-7036-4540-4115-1714-2039-372-8W 1
Oakland (E)6894.42020694729-3534-4734-4710-2314-1933-434-6L 1

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2009 - Miguel Tejada pleads guilty in Washington D.C. to lying to congressional investigators about performance enhancing drugs. He claims he also purchased but did not use human growth hormone which he bought from former Oakland teammate Adam Piatt. He is later sentenced to one year probation, 100 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.
1984 - Justin Richard Towles is born in Crosby, TX. After a fast start, Towles bats .187 with 11 homers in his first four seasons as an Astro (2007-2010).
1981 - Catcher Bruce Bochy is dealt to the Mets for two minor leaguers. Bochy spent parts of three seasons with the Astros and is best remembered for the forearm he took from Pete Rose in Game 4 of the 1980 N.L.C.S. Later he becomes the manager for the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants.
1945 - John Paciorek is born in Detroit, MI. His younger brother Tom has an 18-year major league career. John has one day, but it was quite a day.
1944 - Ollie Brown is born in Tuscaloosa, AL. The outfielder plays just 27 games as an Astro in 1974 and bats .217. Hailed as "the next Willie Mays" when he came up with the Giants, Brown has a good 13 seasons in the bigs but could never live up to the lofty promotion, something with which teammate Cesar Cedeno could sympathize.

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Houston Astros recap - 02/10/16 - Gattis May Miss Opening Day
Gattis May Miss Opening Day
Hernia Surgery Provides Camp Opportunity

Gattis: Stroke will be quiet
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Evan Gattis wanted to lose weight to prepare for the rigors of a long baseball season. Instead, he may start the year on the disabled list after suffering a sports hernia that required surgery which will sideline the slugger for 4-6 weeks.

Gattis wanted to be ready to field a position so he could be more useful against National League opponents where the Designated Hitter rule is not used. Missing spring training means he will be unlikely to fill in as a catcher, outfielder or first baseman - at least early in the season.

It's bad timing in another way. Gattis is the last arbitration case the Astros have for the year. It's expected to be decided next Tuesday between Gattis' desired salary of $3.8 million and the ballclub's preference of $3 million. While, in theory, the injury should not affect which salary is chosen, Gattis may not be well enough to attend the hearing himself.

Jason Castro, the other remaining arbitration case this winter, has already lost his hearing and will be paid $5 million for 2016 instead of the $5.25 million he sought.

While the injury to Gattis depletes depth, it also opens the door for several young prospects to see more playing time. Outfielders Colby Rasmus and Preston Tucker could get more at bats while infielders A.J. Reed, Matt Duffy and Tyler White will get some extra chances to impress the front office that they deserve a big league job.

First baseman Jon Singleton may also get chances to hit as the DH while other prospects are tried out at first base.

The full camp will report by February 23rd in Kissimmee, FL, with the first spring game coming March 3rd against the Phillies.

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Gattis' injury cracks door for Astros' prospects this spring - Houston Chronicle
Gattis’ injury could change some roles for the Astros - Outside Pitch MLB
Gattis' surgery frees up spring at-bats for others - Astros.com
Giles, Fister have chance to make big impact - Astros.com
McCullers Jr. refuses to waste shot in majors - Tampa Tribune
Gattis May Miss Opening Day
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Plant High retires Tucker's jersey number - Tampa Bay Times
With Gattis out, Astros DH options abound - SB Nation
Spring training battles: first base - Climbing Tal's Hill
Astros 40 in 40: Evan Gattis, catcher, bear man - Crawfish Boxes
Brown talks up Astros' chances at First Pitch Luncheon - Waco Tribune-Herald
Gattis to miss 4-6 weeks after hernia surgery - Astros.com
Gattis could miss opening day - Houston Chronicle
Recent hernia surgery to limit Gattis this spring - Houston Chronicle
Around the Horn: Relief pitching - Astros.com
Arbitration panel rules $5M salary for Castro - Astros.com
Astros 40 in 40: Kevin Chapman - Crawfish Boxes
Castro loses arbitration hearing - Lyndy's Sports
Astros win arbitration case with Castro - Houston Chronicle
First Pitch Luncheon features Astros broadcaster Bill Brown - Waco Tribune-Herald
Lance McCullers, Jr. and Houston Pets Alive! to host benefit for Houston pets - Digital Journal
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Good sportsmanship is learned beahvior - Houston Chronicle
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Astros have 3 eyeing rebound '16 seasons - Astros.com
Astros, Castro await arbitration ruling - Houston Chronicle
Astros featured in Super Bowl beer commercial - Houston Chronicle
3 reasons why: Astros will win the World Series - MLB.com
Even with a full cupboard, are Astros after Tyler Clippard? - Climbing Tal's Hill
Hinch talks upcoming season at RBI Austin event - KXAN-TV
2016 fantasy player preview - Astros.com
Astros 2016 offseason review - Sports Revolution
Astros visit patients at Driscoll Children’s Hospital - Corpus Christi Caller-Times
McCracken reflects during Black History Month - Astros.com
Roster Battles Few For 2016 Astros
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Dazzled by the Dome - Houston Chronicle
Crane ready for another Astros playoff run - Astros.com
Astros owner's new goal is division crown - Houston Chronicle
Around the Horn: Starting pitching - Astros.com
Astros, Nationals spring training facility being built ‘in record time’ - Washington Post
Don't credit tanking for the success of Cubs and Astros - ESPN
Wagner to be inducted into Ted Williams Hall of Fame - Atascosita Observer
Oswalt voted into Express Hall of Fame - Austin American-Statesman
RBI Austin hosts benefit banquet - KEYE-TV
Around the Horn: Outfield is rock solid - Astros.com
Urban Youth Academy works wonders - Astros.com
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