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Astros serve as warning for Phillies

So far, Houston is proving that acquiring prospects for veterans might not be best way to rebuild.
Houston Chronicle 15 hours ago

Astros A to Z: Marwin Gonzalez

Each day the Astros are in Florida for spring training, we will profile a different member of the 40-man roster. Today, we look at Marwin Gonzalez. MARWIN GONZALEZ Position: Infielder Bats/throws: Both/right Height/weight: 6-1, 202 Opening day age: 26 Hometown: Bolivar, Venezuela How acquired: Trade...

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Astros 6, Phillies 3

The Phillies fell, 6-3, to the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla. on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

Make it a double: Mark Appel allows three in two innings

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The first Grapefruit League outing of Mark Appel’s career included three doubles, one run and a pair of strikeouts over two innings Thursday in the Astros’ 6-3 win over the Phillies. The Astros righty pitched the third and fourth innings in relief of starter Collin McHugh. Appel was invited to major league […]
Houston Chronicle 9 hours ago

Astros win opener as Robbie Grossman homers

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Robbie Grossman, a sometimes forgotten outfielder, refreshed everyone’s memory Thursday in the Astros’ first Grapefruit League game of the season, a 6-3 win over the visiting Phillies. The switch-hitter drove in a pair of runs as one of three Astros to hit solo homers at Osceola County Stadium. Grossman, 25, seems to be […]

Collin McHugh racking up Ks already

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Collin McHugh started for the Astros and struck out three in two scoreless, no-hit innings against the Phillies on Thursday. He walked one. The three Ks were nice, but McHugh acknowledged pitchers are typically ahead of hitters to start spring training. “I think there are a couple things that I want to […]

Nolan Ryan says a power arm not a must for Astros’ success

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Power can help you win, but you don’t necessarily need power to win. Roger Clemens said in October that he thought the Astros would eventually need to add a rocket arm to their rotation. “And then eventually, I still think we’re gonna have to go out there, and Mr. (Jim) Crane, Jeff […]

Roberto Hernandez arrives, throws first bullpen

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Righty Roberto Hernandez took a physical and then threw his first bullpen in an Astros uniform Thursday morning, after flying in from the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night. Both the timing of Hernandez’s signing, on Feb. 12, and the fact that he went by an assumed name previously in his career, Fausto […]

Hank Conger delayed by wrist soreness

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — New Astros catcher Hank Conger, who is slated to share the load of the catching duties this season behind primary backstop Jason Castro, has been coping with left wrist soreness lately, manager A.J. Hinch said. But the situation appears minor, with the Astros planning to use Conger as a catcher in-game this weekend. […]

Astros getting ready for Grapefruit League opener on Thursday

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Astros scaled back practice some Wednesday morning ahead of their first Grapefruit League game of the season Thursday. Lefty Cliff Lee is slated to start for the Phillies in a 12:05 p.m. CT start at the home of the Astros, Osceola County Stadium, opposite Astros righty Collin McHugh. McHugh is slated to […]
Houston Chronicle Mar 4, 2015

The Sports Update: Checking in from Astros camp

Astros beat writer Evan Drellich checks in as the team took it a little easier than normal before Thursday’s Grapefruit League opener.
Houston Chronicle Mar 4, 2015

Lance Berkman named to college baseball hall of fame

Former Astro Lance Berkman was named to the National College Baseball Hall of Fame today. Berkman, who was in Astros camp for three days this week as a special instructor, led Rice to its first College World Series appearance before embarking on a stellar Major League career. Frank Viola, a lefthanded  pitcher  who led his […]

Roberto Hernandez receives visa, to join Astros camp

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The only missing player from Astros camp, righthander Roberto Hernandez, has received his visa. Hernandez has a 5:30 p.m. flight Wednesday night from the Dominican Republic. Hernandez actually had his visa approved Friday, but the process wasn’t completed until this week because of a holiday in the Dominican Republic. “I need to […]
Houston Chronicle Mar 4, 2015

Astros A to Z: Evan Gattis

Each day the Astros are in Florida for spring training, we will profile a different member of the 40-man roster. Today, we look at Evan Gattis. EVAN GATTIS Position: Catcher/infielder/outfielder Bats/throws: Right/right Height/weight: 6-4, 260 Opening day age: 28 Hometown: Forney How acquired: Trade with Atlanta, January 2015 MLB experience: Two seasons 2014 recap: Gattis […]
Houston Chronicle Mar 3, 2015

The Sports Update: Drellich on Astros’ bullpen options

Astros beat writer Evan Drellich discusses manager A.J. Hinch’s bullpen plans from spring training in Kissimmee, Fla.

Astros pitchers aim to be quicker to plate to cut down on steals

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Holding runners has been emphasized to Astros pitchers this spring training, because even if defensive shifts and the low strike have sapped offense league-wide, foot speed still doesn’t slump. The 109 bases stolen against Astros pitching in 2014 was tied with the Marlins for fifth most in the majors. The Padres, coincidentally the […]

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