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Houston Astros

Stadium: Minute Maid Park | Manager: Tom Lawless
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Astros.2426291634.11
AL West4th5th1st4th
American League 10th13th3rd10th

Schedule

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1:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 5
PHI
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1:05 pm EST
Fri Mar 6
at STL
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1:05 pm EST
Sat Mar 7
NYY
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1:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 8
at DET
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1:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 8
ATL
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1:07 pm EDT
Mon Mar 9
at TOR
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1:05 pm EDT
Tue Mar 10
STL
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1:05 pm EDT
Thu Mar 12
DET
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Fri Mar 13
at WAS
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6:05 pm EDT
Sat Mar 14
at ATL
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1:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 15
WAS
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Mon Mar 16
ATL
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1:05 pm EDT
Mon Mar 16
at WAS

Standings

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W-L
Oakland0-01-0
Texas0-00-0
Seattle0-00-0
Los Angeles0-00-0
Houston0-00-0
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Astros' Hernandez on his way to camp after receiving work visa
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Astros starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez, who will compete for a spot in the rotation this spring, has received his work visa and will travel from the Dominican Republic to the team's spring complex in Florida on Wednesday, per MLB.com. Hernandez will undergo a physical Thursday.

Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow said Hernandez has been throwing at the Astros complex in the Dominican Republic. But he also added that Hernandez is behind after missing close to two weeks of camp.

“You could argue this is the perfect way to do it, to show up on the first day of games,” Luhnow joked.

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Hinch: Astros 'likely' to use seven-man bullpen in 2015
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated that the team is likely to use a seven-man bullpen this season, leaving two spots open for competition this spring, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Likely," Hinch said of a seven-man bullpen. "There’s always a chance that (changes) depending on how the schedule plays out, and there’s always a debate on how many pitchers to carry during interleague. Now interleague is pretty much year round, so I mean, in a perfect world with our roster, it’s likely to carry a seven-man ‘pen. If we feel like we need an extra pitcher or injury happens, there’s different ways to shape our roster, then we will, but likely 12."

The two open spots will likely be filled by a left-handed pitcher and a long reliever. The competition for the second lefty in the pen likely comes down to Kevin Chapman and nonroster invitees Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs. The long relief role has a broader list of candidates, including Alex White and Asher Wojciechowski, who will prepare both as starters and relievers.

"We’re going to stretch out a lot of our guys," Hinch said. "Some of them are because they’re competing in that fifth starter spot, some of them are bullpen guys. Will Harris is going to throw multiple innings. Obviously (Sam) Deduno has been a starter in the past, he’s in a competition for the fifth man spot. Wojo, White, those guys are going to need to, going to plan for the season on both fronts, whether it’s a starter or reliever. But we’re preaching multiple innings. It’s important if you have a seven-man bullpen that you have a couple of guys that can get four, five, six outs if needed and be a bridge to the rest of the bullpen."

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Astros' Asher Wojciechowski moves to opposite side of pitching rubber
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

In an attempt to improve his delivery, Astros right-hander Asher Wojciechowski has moved from the third-base side of the pitching rubber to the first-base side, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"I'm really pleased with Wojciechowski, coming off his health issues and everything," pitching coach Brent Strom said. "He's throwing the ball extremely well.

"Wojo was a right-handed pitcher throwing from the third-base side of the rubber, slightly across body, which created a tough angle. We moved him to the far first-base side of the rubber, freed his arm up."

Strom advised Wojciechowski's new position this spring after the 26-year-old was slowed down by a lat injury in 2014. Wojciechowski is on the 40-man active roster and is considered an outside candidate for the rotation. He's competing against Dan Straily and Roberto Hernandez for a spot on the opening day roster.

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Astros' Luis Cruz hoping to throw on Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Astros pitcher Luis Cruz is hoping to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, according to the Houston Chronicle

Cruz jammed his fingers while fielding a ground ball on Friday, but wasn't expected to miss much time. 

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Astros' Brad Peacock to throw live batting practice in 8-10 days
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Astros pitcher Brad Peacock is hoping to throw live batting practice in 8-10 days, according to the Houston Chronicle. 

Peacock had offseason hip surgery, but has been able to take part in bullpen sessions. He's still a bit behind the other pitchers in camp, but the team is aiming for mid-March for his first batting practice. Manager A.J. Hinch said Peacock will need to throw a few of those before he's ready for game action.

The 27-year-old Peacock posted a 4.72 ERA over 131 2/3 innings last season. 

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJose Altuve , 2B.341
HRChris Carter , DH37
RBIChris Carter , DH88
OBPJose Altuve , 2B.377
SLGChris Carter , DH.491
RJose Altuve , 2B85
SBJose Altuve , 2B56
WDallas Keuchel , SP12
ERADallas Keuchel , SP2.93
WHIPDallas Keuchel , SP1.18
KCollin McHugh , SP157
SVChad Qualls , RP19

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