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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1:05 pm EDT
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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1:05 pm EDT
Mon Mar 16
ATL
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1:05 pm EDT
Mon Mar 16
at WAS

Standings

AL
West
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Los Angeles86-5698-64
Oakland75-6788-74
Seattle78-6487-75
Houston65-7770-92
Texas57-8567-95
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Hernandez's absence could hurt chances of making Astros' rotation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Astros starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez, who is expected to compete for a spot in the rotation, has still not arrived for spring training due to visa issues.

While he is throwing bullpen sessions in the Dominican Republic, manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that Hernandez's absence could cost him a chance to earn a spot in the rotation.

"It's going to depend upon him showing up ready to go," Hinch said, per MLB.com. "He is a veteran guy, so I don't sense that he's going to come in unprepared. But once games start, we're starting to get a little bit behind."

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Astros manager A.J. Hinch offers advice to C Max Stassi
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

During a batting practice session Friday, Astros manager A.J. Hinch noticed he could assist with some fundamental work behind the plate with catcher Max Stassi

With Stassi catching pitcher Chad Qualls, Hinch advised him to turn his shoulder on certain pitches, according to the Houston Chronicle

“There’s some angles you try to create both for the visual for the pitcher and also for the benefit of the umpire,” he said. “With all the talk of the framing stuff, we want to get the most strikes out of our pitchers. There’s certainly techniques to pay attention to even in side sessions and live BPs.”

For Stassi, it appears he was happy with the advice from Hinch, a former major-league catcher. 

“He’s caught in the big leagues," Stassi said. "He’s been there and done that. He was just giving me a few tips. It’s just framing and the positioning of your body too. It’s just real simple, a better presentation of the pitch for your pitcher and the umpire.

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Astros' Castro impressed with BP sessions by Oberholtzer, Deduno
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Astros catcher Jason Castro was behind the plate while Brett Oberholtzer and Samuel Deduno threw live batting practice Friday and liked what he saw from both pitchers, per the Houston Chronicle

“Obie looked good,” Castro said. “He had some good movement today, some late life on his sinker. He’s working on throwing changeups to lefties and righties, so it will be good for him. His curveball’s got some good bite on it too. For him at this point it’s just about finding that command because the movement is definitely there.

“Deduno was good. He’s the kind of guy that’s got unbelievable movement. He impressed me with his changeup actually today. I think that was a pitch that has probably improved the most since what I remember from him last year. Both of those guys look pretty good.”

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Astros P Luis Cruz jams fingers during practice
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

When attempting to field a grounder, Astros pitcher Luis Cruz jammed his fingers, according to the Houston Chronicle

However, Cruz is expecting to be OK for a Saturday throwing session. 

“It feels a bit swollen, but they are icing it,” Cruz said. “It felt like my fingers went back on the grounder. Because the climate is so cold that’s why it hurts me so much, but it wasn’t so hard.”

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Astros prospect Mark Appel happy with first live BP session
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Astros starting pitcher prospect Mark Appel was happy with the way he threw during his first live batting practice session Thursday, according to the Houston Chronicle. Appel threw his two-seam and four-seam fastballs, changeup and slider.

“I have zero clue how hard I was throwing. I’m not too concerned about the velocity,” Appel said. “I just want to throw the pitches more where I want to. I felt pretty good. It was the first time out.

“You’ve just been preparing for the season, so it’s just another day closer to the start of the season and reaching my goal of making the big leagues. I felt pretty good about it. A couple of inconsistencies here and there, but overall I felt it was a pretty good day.”

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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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