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Houston Astros

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

Last Game

Fri, March 6
Roger Dean Stadium
Houston Astros
at
St. Louis Cardinals
HOU2Final5STL

Pitching

W: M. Gonzales (1-0)
L:
B. Oberholtzer (0-1)
S:
K. Siegrist (1)

Home Runs

HOU - None  
STL
- None

Schedule

*
1:05 pm EST
Today
L 5 - 2at STL
Recap
*
1:05 pm EST
Sat Mar 7
NYY
*
1:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 8
at DET
*
1:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 8
ATL
*
1:07 pm EDT
Mon Mar 9
at TOR
*
1:05 pm EDT
Tue Mar 10
STL
*
1:05 pm EDT
Thu Mar 12
DET
*
1:05 pm EDT
Fri Mar 13
at WAS
*
6:05 pm EDT
Sat Mar 14
at ATL
*
1:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 15
WAS
*
1:05 pm EDT
Mon Mar 16
ATL
*
1:05 pm EDT
Mon Mar 16
at WAS
*
1:05 pm EDT
Tue Mar 17
at PIT

Standings

AL
West
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Seattle0-02-0
Oakland0-02-0
Los Angeles0-01-0
Houston0-01-1
Texas0-20-2
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Astros' Mark Appel goes two innings in spring debut
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Astros pitcher Mark Appel tossed two innings in his spring debut on Thursday.

Appel allowed one run on three hits during the outing. He struck out two batters. The 23-year-old is expected to begin the season in the minors, but is considered one of the team's top prospects. The former top overall pick experienced some struggles last season, posting a 6.91 ERA over two minor-league levels. 

Appel made it clear that every inning counts this spring. "It's two innings in spring training, so I'm going to need innings if I want to show why I deserve to be here and hopefully have a shot at being in Houston at some point this season," he said. 

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Astros' McHugh strikes out three in two innings during spring debut
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh was oustanding in his spring debut Thursday against the Phillies. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings, allowing just one walk.

He also had strikeouts of Domonic Brown, Cody Asche and Aaron Altherr.

“I think there are a couple things that I want to do,” McHugh said, per the Houston Chronicle. “Obviously, I’d like to develop my changeup a little bit more, figure out where to throw it in counts a little bit better. But overall, just kind of you work through your routine.

“Then, whatever the game kind of throws at you, you make adjustments as you need to. Today I threw a more cutters ’cause they had four lefties in there in the first six hitters. If they had more righties, I’d probably throw more curveballs. You see what the lineup gives you and you go from there.”

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Lance Berkman helps Astros' Gregerson on approach vs. LH batters
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Astros pitching coach Brent Strom had reliever Luke Gregerson meet with retired MLB slugger Lance Berkman to get a better idea on how left-handed batters view Gregerson's sinker, per MLB.com.

"Everything's always helpful when you get to talk to someone who has such success as a hitter," Gregerson said. "From a pitcher's standpoint, it's interesting to hear what gets in your head and what messes with them as a hitter and what keeps them off balance. Hopefully, it's something that I can transition to the mound against other guys down the road."

Berkman, who spent three days in Astros' camp as a guest instructor, liked hitting against sinkerball pitchers during his career, so he had a lot of wisdom to share with Gregerson, who is competing for the closer's role.

"You always hear lefties are low-ball hitters and most lefties don't want balls in on their hands or anything on the inside part of the plate," Berkman said. "Generally with sinkerballers, that's where they're trying to throw it, is down and out over the plate.

"Those are fun conversations to have, because then there's back and forth. It's a cat-and-mouse game all over again. That's the part of the game I really enjoyed."

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Astros' Brad Peacock (hip) expected to face batters next week
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Astros pitcher Brad Peacock (hip) is slated to throw to batters around March 10-12, according to the Houston Chronicle. Still, Peacock might not have enough time to get ready by the season opener.

“I don’t know,” manager A.J. Hinch said when asked if Peacock will be ready by opening day. “I’m so happy with where he’s at and he’s happy with where he’s at. The No. 1 goal is to get him healthy. … I’m still not sure until we see how he responds to all this.”

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Astros' Roberto Hernandez arrives at camp, throws in bullpen
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Astros starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez arrived for spring training Thursday and threw in the bullpen. Hernandez missed the first two weeks of camp due to visa issues.

Hernandez, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, said he will throw in the bullpen again Saturday and then should be ready for his spring debut.

“We’ve got to get him off the bullpen mound and then gauge,” manager A.J. Hinch said, per MLB.com. “He’s prepared. He’s been working out at the main stadium in Santo Domingo. When he tells me he’s ready, he’ll be inserted. I’m just glad he’s here. Let’s get through one day first and then we’ll plan it out.”

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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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