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x-Arlington9567.586-765757853-2842-3916-1719-1447-295-5L 2
Seattle (E)8676.53197687076144-3742-3919-1316-1838-386-4L 2
Houston (E)8478.519117247012343-3841-4015-1817-1641-353-7L 1
Anaheim (E)7488.45721717727-1040-4134-4713-2117-1535-418-2W 1
Oakland (E)6993.42626653761-10834-4735-4616-1717-1629-473-7W 2

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2009 - Third base prospect Chris Johnson mashes a home run estimated at up to 600 feet in the 6-3 victory over the Washington Nationals that opens the spring schedule. Reclamation projects Mike Hampton and Russ Ortiz get off to good starts, each tossing a pair of shutout innings. It will be three weeks before they win another Grapefruit League game.
1994 - Former Houston manager Leo Durocher is selected by the Veterans Committee into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with Yankee legend Phil Rizzuto. The fiery Durocher had died in 1991, claiming he no longer cared whether he would get inducted. His nearly 50-year career in baseball included 15 seasons as a player and 23 as a manager. His last was with the Astros in 1973.
1988 - Unwanted in Houston, 40-year-old Jose Cruz signs with the New York Yankees, ending an impressive 13-year run as an Astro. Houston will receive a compensation draft pick for the free agent signing.
1951 - Cesar Cedeno is born in Santo Domingo, DR. Considered the franchise's first superstar, Cedeno has twelve fascinating and sometimes frustrating seasons in Houston (1970-1981) and is a member of the 35th Anniversary All-Astros team.
1939 - Denver Lemaster is born in Corona, CA. The lefthander compiles a 30-46 record with six saves and a 3.40 ERA in four years under the Dome (1968-1971).

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2/25     @DET*      ----
2/26     @ATL*      ----
2/27     @NYM*      ----
2/28     @WSH*#     ----
3/01      MIA*      ----
3/02      WSH*#     ----
3/03     @NYM*      ----
3/04      NYM*      ----
3/05     @MIA*      ----
3/06      BOS*      ----
3/07      off        --
3/08      NYM*      ----
3/09     @STL*      ----
3/10     @NYM*      ----
3/11      MIA*      ---- 
3/12     @WSH*#     ----
3/13     @STL*      ---- 
3/14      NYM*      ----  
3/15      WSH*#     ----
3/16      off        --
3/17      ATL*      ----
3/17     @BOS*      ----
3/18     @WSH*#     ----
3/19      NYY*      ----
3/20      STL       ----
3/21     @MIA*      ----
3/22      MIN*      ---- 
3/23      off        --
3/24     @NYM*      ----
3/25      WSH*#     ----
3/26     @WSH*#     ----
3/27      STL       ----
3/28     @MIA*      ----
3/29      MIA*      ----
3/30      CHI$      ----
3/31      CHI*$     ----
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$ - at Minute Maid Park

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Houston Astros recap - 02/16/17 - Pitchers, Catchers Open New Spring Camp
Pitchers, Catchers Open New Spring Camp
McHugh Wins Arbitration Case

Turn when you get to the big star
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Like moving into a house that's not finished, the Astros took up residence for the first time Wednesday in the new West Palm Beach, FL training camp they will share with the Washington Nationals. Pitchers, catchers and several non-pitchers took the field for the first time at the still incomplete training center that will feature spacious clubhouses and a massive weight room.

Manager A.J. Hinch stressed that the Astros are getting elite facilities to match the elitist attitude they hope to inspire in themselves. No longer being little brothers to the lordly Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers begins on Day One.

Perhaps the most giddy was starting pitcher Collin McHugh who triumphed this week over the Decision Scientists to the tune of $500,000. That's what separated the two offers with McHugh winning a $3.85 million arbitration judgement after the Astros offered only $3.35 million. Just goes to show, I guess, that arbitration isn't rocket science.

Maybe they should have kept Tal Smith after all.

That settled, the Astros can come together in time for their spring opener which is February 25th, an earlier start than most because of the World Basball Classic.

The last time the WBC blew through, the Astros were a rag tag bunch that needed every possible at bat and inning pitched they could get to sort the bad from the horrible. This time, the Astros are thinking playoffs with a veteran-laden roster that would rather get through March without an injury. Expect to see a lot of minor leaguers and non-roster invitees getting playing time this spring while they try to bubble-wrap their eventual starters.

As it is, Catcher/DH Evan Gattis is nursing a sore right shoulder, erstwhile ace Dallas Keuchel has yet to throw a slider while he rehabs from surgery and several others deal with the aches and pains of stretching out arms and legs.

At least, they are finally home. Even if it is still under construction.

- Bob Hulsey

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McCullers, Keuchel ease into spring work for Astros - Houston Chronicle
Teammates believing buzz about Martes - Houston Chronicle
How to fix baseball? Start by playing better - Houston Chronicle
Bregman highlights young lineup for spring opener - Astros.com
Martes displays 'big power arm' in live batting practice - Houston Chronicle
One Year Wonder: Bob Watson - Over the Monster
Who are the Houston Astros? - Palm Beach Post
Fan's phone honors Keuchel, who returns favor - Astros.com
Astros, Nats share new park, same expectations - Astros.com
McCullers' first live BP session goes smoothly - Astros.com
Kemp taking most of his reps at second base - Houston Chronicle
84-year old MLB catcher visits Astros camp - Houston Chronicle
Altuve, Springer to make Grapefruit League debuts Monday - Houston Chronicle
Takeaways from Astros spring training: Week 1 - Houston Chronicle
Just how much better can Altuve get? - Houston Chronicle
Crane open to enlarging team's record payroll - Houston Chronicle
Hinch shares pitching plan for first 5 games - Astros.com
Peacock enjoying comforts of home this spring - Astros.com
Hinch tweaking spring approach due to '17 Classic - Astros.com
Most of Astros' regulars won't play this weekend - Houston Chronicle
Kemp taking most of his reps at second base - Houston Chronicle
Peacock to start Astros' Grapefruit League opener - Houston Chronicle
Rest in Peace Tal's Hill - Baseball Essential
Crane hosts dinner - Astros.com
Astros weigh in on IBBs - Astros.com
Hinch outlines early spring rotation - Astros.com
Astros players have mixed opinions on new intentional walk rule - Houston Chronicle
Crane discusses 2017 payroll - Houston Chronicle
Astros won't run from high expectations - SportsRadio 610
Hoyt can go from deckhand to Astros bullpen in 2017 - Outside Pitch MLB
Reed looking to seize first-base opportunity - Astros.com
Tucker feeling good, continues rehab process - Astros.com
Oswalt preaches durability to Astros pitchers - Astros.com
Correa easing back into spring drills - Astros.com
Correa close to being cleared for full workouts - Houston Chronicle
Keuchel planning on five Grapefruit League starts - Houston Chronicle
Gregerson working on changeup - Houston Chronicle
Oswalt lends expertise as Astros' guest instructor - Houston Chronicle
Bregman set to take next step - Associated Press
Gross named interim manager for Reno Aces - Reno Gazette-Journal
McCullers' new gloves honor friend Fernandez - Astros.com
McHugh intent on starting better for Astros this year - Houston Chronicle
Reed to get 'a lot of playing time' in spring training - Houston Chronicle
Former Astros great helps Young Life score big at Get In The Game gala, raising $800,000 - Culture Map
Beltran returns to Houston in very different role - Associated Press
Longtime Lexington Legends pitching coach, EKU star hurler Charley Taylor dies after cancer battle - Lexington Legends
What’s cooking at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches? More than peanuts and Cracker Jack. - Palm Beach Post
Astros hope Yuli Gurriel can bring stability to first base - Houston Chronicle
Marisnick puts in work on his swing - Houston Chronicle
Marisnick's making swing his thing - Astros.com
Ryan: Astros ready to 'earn it' on field every day - Astros.com
Keuchel, McCullers huge factors for 2017 Astros - Houston Chronicle
Altuve, Correa and Springer rank in top half of MLB Network’s Top 100 players right now - Outside Pitch MLB
McCann learning intricacies of Astros pitching staff - Houston Chronicle
Commissioner seeks better pace in game - Houston Chronicle
Gattis says sore shoulder feeling better - Astros.com
Marisnick puts in extra time refining swing - Astros.com
Gattis resumes throwing after resting shoulder - Houston Chronicle
Feliz has 'a leg up' on winning an Astros bullpen job - Houston Chronicle

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