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Schedule

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1:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 3
at PHI
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Fri Mar 4
STL
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Sat Mar 5
NYM
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Sun Mar 6
TOR
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Sun Mar 6
at PIT
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Mon Mar 7
at NYY
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Tue Mar 8
WAS
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Wed Mar 9
ATL
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Thu Mar 10
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Fri Mar 11
DET
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Sat Mar 12
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Sun Mar 13
ATL

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LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Texas77-6588-74
Houston70-7286-76
Los Angeles77-6585-77
Seattle68-7476-86
Oakland57-8568-94
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Astros' Evan Gattis: Undergoes hernia surgery
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Gattis recently underwent surgery to repair a hernia and is expected to miss most of spring training, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Although the injury is not considered severe, Gattis will need 4-to-6 weeks to recover, meaning the Astros will be without the slugger's services for most of the Grapefruit League slate and quite possibly for Opening Day. Jonathan Singleton, Luis Valbuena, Marwin Gonzalez, Preston Tucker, Jake Marisnick and Matt Duffy could all be in the running to pick up at-bats as the designated hitter until Gattis returns.

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Astros' Jason Castro: Loses arbitration hearing
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Castro lost his arbitration hearing and will be paid $5 million in 2016, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Castro was seeking $5.25 million, so he probably won't be too upset. With Hank Conger traded during the offseason, Castro could see a bump from last year's 104 games played, though he'll need to do a bit more with the bat to ensure okaying time. Even if he struggles at the plate, Castro's receiving skills and pitcher management should give him a long leash.

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Astros' Lance McCullers: Will be restricted in 2016
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

McCullers will be placed under restrictions with the intention to keep him ready for the playoffs, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said on MLB Network Radio.

The actual level of restriction was unspecified, but it can be estimated by looking at McCullers' previous workload. After two straight seasons spent throwing approximately 100 innings in the minors, the 22-year-old threw a career-high 157.2 innings between the majors and Double-A. That mark also included a 19-day stint at Corpus Christi in the middle of his tenure at Houston in which he only started one game, the plan being to give him some time to rest. With that 157.2 inning mark in mind, it seems reasonable to think McCullers won't be restricted too much below the 200-inning mark. This definitely hurts his upside, but probably not in a way that a solid backup can't fix for a few weeks.

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Astros' Doug Fister: Signs deal worth $7 million Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Fister's deal with the Astros is for $7 million, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

The deal also includes potential for $5 million more in performance bonuses related to innings pitched. He will presumably begin the year as the No. 5 starter, but his lack of strikeouts gives him a very small margin for error. Fister managed a 2.41 ERA and 1.08 WHIP back in 2014, but he also offered just 98 strikeouts in 164 innings, so he wasn't nearly as useful as those ratios indicate, and it seems far-fetched to expect another sub-3.00 ERA in 2016.

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2015 Team Leaders
AVGJose Altuve , 2B.313
HREvan Gattis , DH27
RBIEvan Gattis , DH88
OBPJose Altuve , 2B.353
SLGEvan Gattis , DH.463
RJose Altuve , 2B86
SBJose Altuve , 2B38
WDallas Keuchel , SP20
ERADallas Keuchel , SP2.48
WHIPDallas Keuchel , SP1.02
KDallas Keuchel , SP216
SVLuke Gregerson , RP31

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