Houston Astros

Glove Day brings new leather for Astros
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One of the few chances a baseball player gets to express himself on the field is with his glove, which is why so many players can’t wait for Wilson Sporting Goods — the official glove of Major League Baseball — to come through camp.

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Armenteros brings heat in spring opener
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His reputation of being a strikeout machine showed early for Astros prospect Rogelio Armenteros when he struck out the first two batters he faced in Friday’s 3-2 win over the Nationals in the Grapefruit League opener at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

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Despite graduations, trades, Top 30 strong
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Despite recent graduations and trade departures, the Astros’ farm system remains in good shape.

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Astros welcome Douglas HS coach, sons
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There may never be a return to true normalcy for the students and faculty at Stoneman Douglas High School. Not after the tragedy that struck the school in nearby Parkland, Fla., last week, when 17 people were killed in a horrific shooting.

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Bregman among 3 regulars slated to start Friday
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Alex Bregman, Evan Gattis and Jake Marisnick will be the only regulars in the starting lineup for the Astros in Friday’s 12:05 p.m. CT Grapefruit League opener against the Nats at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Bregman will play shortstop, Gattis will be the designated hitter and Marisnick will be in center field.

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Astros have quartet of dark-horse candidates
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As the games get underway, let’s take a look a few dark-horse candidates to make the team’s 25-man roster, which is all but set barring injuries:

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Prospect Whitley suspended for 50 games
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Astros right-handed Minor League pitcher Forrest Whitley, the No. 9-ranked prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline, has been suspended for 50 games without pay by the Commissioner’s Office for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

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Prospect Armenteros to start Grapefruit opener
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Right-hander Rogelio Armenteros will start the Astros’ Grapefruit League opener on Friday against the Nationals at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, manager A.J. Hinch said Wednesday morning.

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Astros, Nats announce new name for ST park
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The Nationals and Astros unveiled their new Spring Training facility a year ago. Now, on the eve of its second season, the two clubs are announcing a new naming rights partner, unveiling the new name and logo for the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Wednesday afternoon.

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Back from thumb injury, Marisnick raring to go
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After posting career highs during the regular season, then being relegated to watching from the sidelines with a fractured thumb as Houston won the World Series, center fielder Jake Marisnick might be the most anxious of all Astros to begin Spring Training.

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Opportunity for Reed to earn roster spot
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The Astros still have confidence in first base prospect A.J. Reed, and the club’s second round pick in the 2014 Draft remains a viable piece of the 2018 puzzle. Another left-handed bat with power is what Reed hopes to provide for the Astros this season.

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Luhnow: 'I really like the group we have here'
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Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow on Monday said he doesn’t anticipate his team adding players, despite several top free agents still without jobs. He said bluntly that he doesn’t think the Astros need anybody else right now. Most of the club’s key pieces from its World Series club returned, and the team added pitchers Gerrit […]

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