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1995 - Only 621 attend an Astros-Royals replacement exhibition game and both clubs, in spite of fairly new spring facilities, grumble about declining revenues. The Astros weigh an option to return to Arizona when their contract in Kissimmee is up, looking at Tucson where their AAA team used to play.
1990 - Houston trades two minor league players to the Yankees for shortstop Orlando Miller. The infielder would come up to the majors in 1994 and would find himself as part of the nine-player deal with the Tigers after the 1996 season.
1962 - Colt .45s get their first-ever win in a 2-1 exhibition victory over the Cleveland Indians. Jack Waters singles home Jim Pendleton with the winning run. Jim Umbricht is the winning pitcher.

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Houston Astros recap - 03/04/24 - Astros Shake Off Early Doldrums
Astros Shake Off Early Doldrums

Astros post winning streak
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After dropping four of their first five games in the Grapefruit League season, the Astros have posted a week's worth of wins to go 6-4 overall through Sunday. The prospective lineup regulars have seen only spot duty so far with the exceptions of Chas McCormick and Yainer Diaz who expect more playing time this year. Gold Glove utilityman Mauricio Dubon has looked the most dialed in of any Astro. Backup catcher Victor Caratini has also shown well at the plate.

The starting pitchers are taking turns extending what their arms can handle. Cristian Javier and Jose Urquidy tossed three shutout innings each this weekend. Framber Valdez and Ronel Blanco have also stretched out their arms in recent appearances. Hunter Brown did not, which may indicate a bullpen role for him early on.

Justin Verlander continues to rehab his shoulder, throwing pain-free in a 60-pitch session this weekend. J.P. France also continues to progress from early soreness.Verlander has not ruled out being the Opening Day starter against the Yankees but Valdez reports he'll be ready if Verlander is not yet prepared to start.

Houston sent down seven players to minor league camp. None were on the 40-man roster and none were expected to open the season with the Astros. Several are in Houston's long term plans like outfielder Jacob Melton and infielder Will Wagner, the son of former closer Billy Wagner.

After a day off Monday, the club will host the Marlins and Mets followed by visits to the Cardinals and Phillies camps in Florida.

- Bob Hulsey

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Jose Abreu dealing with right knee soreness - Houston Chronicle
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Astros Not In Market For Additional Starting Pitching - MLB Trade Rumors


Date      Opp      Result
2/24     #WSH      W 7-4
2/25      STL      L 3-0
2/25     @NYM      L 3-1
2/26     @DET      L 4-0
2/27     #WSH     L 10-3
2/28     @MIA      W 6-1
2/29      NYM*     W 2-1
3/01     #WSH     W 10-8
3/02      STL      W 7-1
3/03     @NYM      W 5-2
3/04      off        --
3/05      MIA      L 2-0
3/06      NYM       ppd
3/07     @STL      W 6-3
3/08     @PHI      L 6-3
3/09     #WSH      W 9-4
3/10      MIA      L 3-0
3/11      DET      L 5-3
3/12     @MIA      W 9-1
3/13     @NYM*      ----
3/14     #WSH*      ----
3/15      PHI*      ----
3/16      NYM*      ----
3/17     @STL       ----
3/18     @MIA       ----
3/18     #WSH*      ----
3/19      MIA*      ----
3/20      off        --
3/21     @STL       ----
3/22     #WSH*      ----
3/23     @NYM       ----
3/24      STL       ----
3/25      SUG       ----
3/26      SUG       ----
3/27      off        --     

* - night game
# - at W. Palm Beach
3/25,26 at Houston

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