Houston Astros

Luhnow: Rotation depth still priority for Astros
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With six weeks remaining until the start of Spring Training, the Astros continue to have an eye on improving the team for 2016, though it appears the heavy lifting is complete.

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Springer thrills fans during Astroline appearance
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It was the kind of reception that would have made Elvis all shook up with envy. Dozens of Astros fans packed a midtown restaurant on Wednesday night for a glimpse of Astros right fielder George Springer, who was the guest on the team’s weekly call-in radio show, Astroline.

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Aside from Bagwell, other Astros improve Hall chances
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While former slugger Jeff Bagwell appears to be knocking on the door of election into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a couple of other former Astros made strides toward Cooperstown on Wednesday, when voting for the Class of 2016 was unveiled by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

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Bagwell's near miss bodes well for Class of '17
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Former Astros slugger Jeff Bagwell fell just short in his bid to join long-time teammate Craig Biggio in getting inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, coming within 15 votes of enshrinement after ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America were revealed on Wednesday.

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Astros announce Minors staff changes, adds
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The Astros on Tuesday announced several additions and changes to their Minor League field staff for the 2016 season.

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Ensberg set for role as Minors mindset coach
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Morgan Ensberg has become the Astros’ first Minor League mindset coach. It was a position created this offseason, and it puts Ensberg in the role of traveling around the system to make sure everyone is on the same page from a philosophical standpoint.

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Astros announce 2016 non-roster invites
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Less than a year after the Astros made him the second overall pick in the 2015 Draft, shortstop Alex Bregman will come to Major League camp with Houston this spring.

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Astros' Top 30 Prospects list
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Who do the Astros have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Houston’s Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com’s Prospect Watch.

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Astros poised to contend again in 2016
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Instead of ending the year with enough questions to fill an afternoon game show, the Astros — fresh off their surprising run to the postseason in 2015 — have positioned themselves to contend in the American League for the next few years.

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Astro-nomical rise for Houston in 2015
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The Astros were baseball’s biggest surprise team in 2015 and nearly took down eventual World Series champion Kansas City in the ALDS. Still, Houston’s out-of-nowhere rise to prominence signaled the start of what should be a prosperous era.

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Source: Astros, Cuba's Sierra agree to deal
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The Astros have agreed to a deal with Cuban right-hander Carlos Sierra, a source told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez on Thursday. Sierra, 21, is subject to international signing rules.

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Holidays all about family for Astros' Giles
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It’s been a whirlwind few months for Ken Giles. He settled nicely into the role as the closer for the Phillies, got married and went on a honeymoon in November, and then had to deal with a week of trade rumors before being sent to the Astros in a seven-player deal earlier this month.

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