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Houston Astros

Stadium: Minute Maid Park | Manager: Tom Lawless
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Astros.2426291634.11
AL West4th5th1st4th
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Standings

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Oakland5-519-9
Houston3-310-9
Los Angeles6-613-12
Seattle6-411-15
Texas4-79-15
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Astros want one more look at pitcher Brett Oberholtzer before committing
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Astros manager A.J. Hinch is still not certain about pitcher Brett Oberholtzer for the starting rotation when the season begins, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Hinch believes Collin McHugh will be the starter for Houston's fourth game of the season, but wants to see Oberholtzer's "readiness" before making his official decision.

"We'll play our guys" Hinch said. "We're going to take some backups, both to Corpus and to Houston with the idea Friday night I feel good about our guys that are on our team are going to play.

"Saturday it'll be a blend of some of the bench, some guys that want maybe an at-bat or two to finish that spring. Then the back half of that game will be some guys that won’t be on our team."

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Hinch: 'Getting tough' for Josh Fields to make Astros
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Astros pitcher Josh Fields missed another day with a strained groin and is running out of time to make the team. 

"It's getting tough," manager A.J. Hinch said, per MLB.com. "At some point, we're going to run out of time. Now that we're a week away from Opening Day and he hasn't been on the mound for a long time, it's getting dangerously close. At the same time, we have to make sure that there are no setbacks and no length into the season that he wouldn't be available."

"We've got the depth and quality people that can fill in if he can't make it," Hinch added.

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Astros' Springer OK with Marisnick starting in center field
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Astros outfielder George Springer has started 15 times in right field this spring and has yet to play an inning in center field. It appears the Astros are going to name Jake Marisnick the starter in center field, and that's fine with Springer, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“I’m going to go out there and I’m going to play the only way I know how," Springer said of starting in right field. “He obviously is extremely skilled. He’s extremely fast. I understand his range, he understands mine, and I think this spring has been good just because he’s so aggressive. I understand that and I’ m just going to let him run. He’s there when I need him to be and it’s the same way for him.”

Still, in the long run, Springer sees himself as a center fielder.

“I think I consider myself a center fielder playing right field, but I think anybody who has some speed considers that,” Springer said. “I’ve obviously had more repetitions there and kind of more game experience now (this spring). So it’s kind of one of those things where I can kind of also slow myself down more."

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Astros' Hinch: Jason Casto 'a well-rounded player'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Catcher Jason Castro is the longest-tenured member of the Astros and optimistic about the direction of the team, MLB.com reports.

"It's a great time for this organization," Castro said. "It's exciting to have been here and weathered the storm a little bit through the middle of that and see it through to the other side. It's exciting and hopefully we can play up to the type of baseball we're capable of playing. We have some guys in here who can do some pretty special things on the baseball field."

Manager A.J. Hinch is a fan of the different things Castro brings to the lineup and behind the plate.

"Jason's a well-rounded player," Hinch said. "There's a reason he's an All-Star, there's a reason he can contribute in every facet of the game. For us, being a left-handed bat, we have some right-handed bats that we're going to rely upon… and he'll offer us something different than those that hit in front of him. I like his balance, his composure, his steadiness of how he approaches the game. I look forward to his leadership. As he's entering these years of his career, he's got a track record under his belt to provide some steady leadership and have a good year for us."

Castro is 9 for 34 with two home runs this spring.

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Luis Valbuena to open season as Astros' starting third baseman
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

With the demotion of Matt Dominguez to the minors on Sunday, Luis Valbuena will officially open the season as the Astros' starting third baseman.

"One of our goals this offseason was to give ourselves more options," general manager Jeff Luhnow said, per the Houston Chronicle. "Our infield production last year, with the exception of (Jose) Altuve, was below what we really needed it to compete in this division.

"So we went out to address upgrades at shortstop (accomplished with the signing of Jed Lowrie) and options at third and first base, and I think we're seeing the results of that. Valbuena had an amazing spring so far and is basically going to be our third baseman."

Valbuena is batting .405 (17 for 42) with two home runs, five doubles, four runs, eight RBI, four walks and six strikeouts in 15 spring games.

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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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