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March 23

2005 - The burnt orange Hummer owned by Koby Clemens' father is stolen from the Memorial High School parking lot. It is recovered later in a southwest Houston apartment complex, apparently unharmed. The Hummer was a gift from the New York Yankees to celebrate father Roger's 300th major league win. The elder Clemens returns from the Astros' spring training camp to aid in the investigation. Koby is later drafted and signed by the Astros as an infielder.
1943 - Lee May is born in Birmingham, AL. The powerful first baseman slugs 81 homers in three seasons with the Astros and represents them in the 1972 All-Star Game.
1942 - Danny Coombs is born in Lincoln, ME. Coombs' big league debut comes in the "All-Rookie" game in 1963 but he's never able to cement a job with Houston. Still, the lefty reliever compiles an 8-7 record with two saves as an Astro in parts of seven seasons.

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Date      Opp      Result
2/23     #WSH       L 7-6
2/24      ATL*      W 5-2
2/24     @NYM*     W 10-1
2/25      NYM*      T 3-3
2/26     @MIA*      L 3-0
2/27     #WSH*     L 14-8
2/28      MIA*      W 7-5
3/01      STL       T 4-4
3/02     @NYM*      W 8-7
3/03     #WSH*      L 4-2
3/04     @ATL*      W 4-3
3/04      NYM*      L 7-4
3/05      off         --
3/06      MIA*     W 11-5
3/07     @MIA*      W 4-1
3/08      STL       L 6-3
3/09     @STL*      W 9-3
3/10     #WSH*      L 6-4
3/11      NYM*      W 6-3
3/12     #WSH       L 5-3
3/13     @NYM*      L 2-1
3/14      MIA*     L 12-6
3/15      STL*      W 5-0
3/15     @STL      W 11-2
3/16     @PHI*     W 13-5
3/17     @ATL*      W 7-3
3/18      off         --
3/19      PHI*       cncl
3/20      NYY*      W 2-1
3/21     @DET*      L 5-3
3/22      NYM       W 7-3
3/23     @MIA        ----
3/24     #WSH*       ----
3/25     $PIT        ----
3/26     $PIT        ----
3/27      off         --
* - day game.
# - at W. Palm Beach
$ - at Minute Maid Pk

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Houston Astros recap - 03/23/19 - Bregman, Pressly Get Belated Paydays

Bregman, Pressly Get Belated Paydays
Astros Claim 6 Of Last 7 Contests

Crane gives out rich deals
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After clearing the remainder of their 2019 salary cases, the Astros decided they had some money left over so they made their star third baseman and their set-up reliever happy. Alex Bregman, who complained he was disappointed about having his pre-arbitration salary come to under a million, worked out a five-year extension with the ballclub for $100 million, tying up the the last four club-control years and two free agent years. Bregman, who turns 25 at the end of the month, would be on the books until he's 30 so Houston is getting what should be his peak production years.

Next, the front office turned to set-up reliever Ryan Pressly, who should be All Shook Up about a 2-yr, $17.5 million contract extension which will keep him an Astro until 2021. It is the richest extension for a reliever that is not a closer - at least for this week.

Justin Verlander may be the next one in line at the pay window. There are rumors the ace and the ballclub are close to agreeing on a 2-yr, $66 million extension that would run through 2021. If so, the $33 million per year base would be a new franchise record.

There is talk of discussions with Houston starter Gerrit Cole as well but each new contract makes it harder to squeeze everyone into the $206 million ceiling before the dreaded MLB "luxury tax" kicks in.

On the field, it's been a nice week too as the Astros topped both New York teams - the Yankees by 2-1 on Wednesday and the Mets by 7-3 on Friday. In between, they dropped a 5-3 decision to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday but it is their only loss in the past seven games. Houston's Grapefruit League mark is now 15-11-2 through Friday.

Verlander could be making his final West Palm appearance on Saturday night against the Marlins. The Astros get one last crack at the Nationals on Sunday whom they have been winless against (0-5) all spring. The club then flies to Houston for two exhibition games at Minute Maid Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday and Tuesday.

The Dallas Keuchel watch continues but the more the Astros pass out money this spring, the less likely the club can fit Keuchel into their payroll. Meanwhile, it was announced, to nobody's surprise, that the last three spots in the rotation will go to Collin McHugh, Wade Miley and Brad Peacock.

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Astros extend Bregman, Pressly - Hilltop Monitor
Astros/Hooks spring training report - Ronnie Dawson - KIII-TV
Bregman writes a "Thank You" letter to the City of Houston - SportsRadio 610
Report: Verlander, Astros nearing two-year, $66 million extension - Sports Illustrated
Reed sent to Triple-A - CBS Sports
Valdez still in mix for bullpen gig - CBS Sports
Report: Astros, Verlander close to 2-year extension - theScore
Bregman: Slow free agent market didnít impact deal decision - Associated Press
Astros, Verlander mutually interested in extension - ESPN
Drew Ferguson returns to Astros - KNBR-AM
Giants return Rule 5 pick Ferguson to Astros - MLB Trade Rumors
Report: Astros talking to Verlander, Cole about extensions - NBC Sports
Astros unlikely to resolve extensions for Cole, Verlander - Yardbarker
Astros now reportedly discussing extensions with Verlander and Cole - CBS Sports
McHugh, Miley, Peacock to fill out rotation - Astros.com
Sources: Astros, JV move closer to new deal - Astros.com
Bregman signs 5-year extension with Astros - Astros.com
Giants return Ferguson to Astros - Houston Chronicle
Cole says no current contract talks with Astros - Houston Chronicle
Astros announce Peacock as No. 5 starter - Houston Chronicle
Astros nearing contract extension with Verlander - Houston Chronicle
Bregman, Pressly Get Belated Paydays
- Astros Daily
Bregman signs the largest-ever contract for Jewish athlete - Arutz Sheva
MLB preview: Projecting AL West - Omnisport
Leave the backpacks at home, Astros fans - KTRK-TV
Star-studded Astros appear capable of another World Series run - KRIS-TV
4 military veterans given service dogs through Verlander's charity - KHOU-TV
Verlander, Upton present service dogs to veterans at Astros game - WDIV-TV
Astros set to contend for another World Series title - Astros.com
Working quickly, Miley embraces craftiness - Associated Press
Fisher 'fine' after sprawling dive attempt - Astros.com
Inbox: Will Bregman win AL MVP Award? - Astros.com
Whitley to debut at MMP - Houston Chronicle
Fisher exits spring game with shoulder injury - Houston Chronicle
Four thoughts on Bregman's big contract extension - Houston Press
Astros/Hooks Spring Training camp report: Future aces - KIII-TV
Astros set to contend for another title - Associated Press
Astros Pay Bregman now to avoid paying him later - FanGraphs
Astros extend Jewish star Bregman for $100 million - Jerusalem Post
Verlander talks parenting and being best pitcher he can be - Fox News
The big mean Astros machine - Halos Heaven
Bregman is freshly paid and trying to return baseball to the limelight - Sports Illustrated
Astros, Pressly agree to three-year, $20.4 million deal - Canadian Press
After big '18, Bregman still working to improve - Astros.com
Astros pitchers get work in despite storms - Astros.com
Pressly excited to stay with the Astros long term - Astros.com
Top of Wednesday lineup a preview of Astros' batting order vs. righties - Houston Chronicle
Astros continue to reconfigure pitching plans - Houston Chronicle
Report: Astros, Pressly close to agreement on two-year, $17.5 million extension - NBC Sports
Astros, Pressly reportedly finalizing extension - Yard Barker
Astros have inked Bregman to a six year, $100 million extension, per report - MLB Daily Dish
Report: Astros, Bregman agree to terms on six-year, $100M deal - Sportsnet.ca
Astros, Bregman agree to $100M deal - Lone Star Ball
Source: Astros give reliever Pressly $17.5M deal - ESPN
Peacock the favorite to be Astrosí No. 5 starter - NBC Sports
Astros' thoughts on Houston area amid Deer Park fire and smoke plume - KTRK-TV
Talented young Astros pitchers poised to challenge for big-league roster - KRIS-TV
Astros reassign Alvarez to minors camp - MiLB.com
Peacock looks like starter, Guduan in 'pen - Astros.com
Fisher, Straw, Tanielu among roster moves - Astros.com
Pressly, Astros agree to extension (source) - Astros.com
Source: Bregman, Astros agree to extension - Astros.com
Weather forces Astros to modify final spring schedule for probable starters - Houston Chronicle
Battle for Astros' final bullpen spot down to 2 - Houston Chronicle
Astros, Pressly agree to extension - Houston Chronicle
Bregman, Astros agree to $100 million extension - Houston Chronicle
Whatís the deal with Dallas Keuchel? - Sportskeeda
Rumors: Keuchel receiving presents, Astros, Braves not pushing for free sgent pitcher - Brinkwire
Whitley aims for consistency needed to make Astrosí roster - KRIS-TV
Mejdal discusses his role with the Orioles - Baltimore Baseball
Astros liken Abreu curve to that of McCullers - Astros.com
Astros' success in MLB, on farm is unmatched - Astros.com
Dawson continues to move up - KRIS-TV
Hinch suspended for Sunday's game after Angel Hernandez blowup - Sporting News
Astros 2019 Season preview: fantasy analysis - Lineups
Brantley adds more experience to stacked Astros roster - KXAN-TV
Hinch suspended one game - Reuters
Hinch suspended for one game - ESPN
Hinch disciplined for Friday's ejection - Astros.com
Verlander works 6 2/3 innings in minors camp - Astros.com
Hinch suspended one game - Houston Chronicle
Whitley wrapping up impressive camp with Astros - Houston Chronicle
Astros explore potential of Reddick at first base - Houston Chronicle
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