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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:44:49 EDTCommissioner Rob Manfred will help usher in a new era of Grapefruit League baseball at 1:05 p.m. ET Tuesday afternoon when the Astros and Nationals meet in the inaugural game at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the jewel of the new Spring Training facility the clubs began sharing this year.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:32:54 EDTMets infielder Wilmer Flores outshined countryman Jose Altuve on Monday, hitting a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning, but the Astros came from behind to score a 5-2 win over the Mets at First Data Field.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:45:35 EDTAstros manager A.J. Hinch conceded earlier this spring that the team's best pitching staff likely includes right-hander Joe Musgrove as a part of it. However, that doesn't mean that Musgrove isn't going to have to prove himself to Hinch during the course of spring.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:24:51 EDTMLB.TV is back, and it's better than ever. Watch live out-of-market games -- including almost 300 Spring Training games and the World Baseball Classic (in U.S.) without blackouts -- on more than 400 devices.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:39:27 EDTWhile every Astros pitcher has thrown at least one round of live batting practice, right-hander Collin McHugh has yet to throw off the mound this spring because of what manager A.J. Hinch described Monday as general soreness.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:43:59 EDTIn an effort to help him stay on the field longer, Astros infielder Reid Brignac has started taking up switch-hitting. Brignac, who's hit left-handed his entire career, has been batting right-handed against left-handed pitchers early in spring.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:16:53 EDTFreddie Freeman recorded two hits and his former Atlanta teammate Evan Gattis enjoyed his return to ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex on Sunday, as the Astros used Max Stassi's two-run homer in the eighth inning to claim a 3-2 win over the Braves.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:01:59 EDTAstros manager A.J. Hinch wasn't quite able to let outfielder Norichika Aoki play a full nine innings -- pulling him from Sunday's game against the Braves after he was grazed on the shoulder by a pitch -- but the veteran squeezed in enough work to make him feel comfortable as he leaves camp for the World Baseball Classic.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:25:12 EDTWho do the Astros have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Houston's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:12:18 EDTBrady Rodgers could be a late bloomer like Dallas Keuchel, but he'll have to crack a crowded rotation first.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:47:42 EDTAfter missing the first few days of camp because he had all four wisdom teeth removed, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa made his Grapefruit League debut Sunday against the Braves at ESPN Wild World of Sports, going 1-for-3 with a walk in the Astros' 3-2 win.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:25:21 EDTGear up for Spring Training with updated authentic caps, jerseys, socks and more, and wear what your favorite Astros are wearing.
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:59:47 EDTColin Moran spends his offseason in south Florida, living just a few miles away from Astros hitting coordinator Jeff Albert in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The Astros prospect took advantage of that proximity to refine his swing this winter after bumpy Major League debut last year.
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:53:17 EDTAndrew Romine, Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez powered the Tigers' offense out of an early slump with back-to-back-to-back home runs in a four-run third inning, sending Detroit to an 11-4 win over the Astros on Saturday at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:25:34 EDTFrom baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on the Astros' depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:01:30 EDTWith a booming, raspy voice, infectious laugh and enough stories to fill a dozen memoirs, Jamie Hildreth was one of the most beloved figures within the Houston Astros' organization.
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:29:26 EDTThe Astros' first game of the Grapefruit League season wasn't without some drama.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:56:32 EDTWith general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch watching from the field, top Astros prospect Francis Martes cranked up the heat for his first live batting practice session of the spring Friday morning at the team's complex at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:17:15 EDTAstros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. faced hitters for the first time this spring when he threw live batting practice on a back field Friday morning at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:33:20 EDTThe upcoming World Baseball Classic is an exciting time for those participating, but it can also be somewhat of a challenge for managers trying to prepare their teams for the 2017 season.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:57:53 EDTThe Astros are hoping to return to the playoffs and make a deeper run than they did two years ago, and once again their farm system should be able to help.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:00:00 EDTThey have everything. But do they have enough? The question pervades the state-of-the-art scene where the Astros and Nationals -- two win-now teams with new facilities but one obvious source of roster uncertainty apiece -- get ready for 2017.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:03:05 EDTFan's phone honors Keuchel, who returns favor
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:33:15 EDTRight-hander Brad Peacock is relaxed and ready to make a push to become the Astros' fifth starter.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:54:49 EDTAstros manager A.J. Hinch on Wednesday laid out his starting pitchers for the team's first five Grapefruit League games.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:10:36 EDTAstros players and staff were invited by owner Jim Crane to take part in a dinner Wednesday night at his Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, Fla., which sits about 30 minutes north of the team's new Spring Training complex.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:32:12 EDTWhile Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he will reserve comment on the reported changes to how an intentional walk is implemented until he meets with senior vice president of baseball operations Peter Woodfork on Friday, his players had mixed opinions.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:28:34 EDTJerry Dipoto knows that the Astros are favored to win the American League West, and if baseball analysts aren't talking about Jose Altuve's budding powerhouse, they're focused on the Rangers. Why not? They've won the AL West two years in a row.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:00:09 EDTAstros manager A.J. Hinch invited Roy Oswalt to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches as a guest instructor with hopes that Oswalt's competitiveness on the mound will rub off on some of the club's young pitchers.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:00:31 EDTFive months removed from undergoing right shoulder surgery, Astros outfielder Preston Tucker is progressing as normal, but he has been limited to hitting flips during the first week of spring camp. He's been able to do all the defensive drills, though.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:30:25 EDTStill recovering from having four wisdom teeth removed, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is slowly working his way into baseball drills. On Tuesday, Correa worked out at the team's complex, where he took about 50 swings in the cage and said he felt good.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:52:49 EDTAre Gattis and McCann planning a 'Parent Trap?'
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:15:39 EDTHe was named Indiana high school player of the year and won the Golden Spikes Award in 2014 as the top amateur player in the country. He led all the Minor Leagues in home runs, RBIs and OPS in 2015 en route to being named the Astros' Minor League Player of the Year.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:45:09 EDTYou'll be hard-pressed to find a more hands-on president of business operations in baseball than Reid Ryan, who one minute is greeting fans in the stands and the next is doing interviews with the press on the field.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:57:37 EDTAstros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. took the opportunity to get some new gloves for the start of Spring Training to pay tribute to his close friend, Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident last year.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:55:58 EDTThere's nothing like the sound of a thrown ball hitting the bat, unless you're a pitcher. Regardless, the Astros' first round of live batting practice was another step closer to pitchers being ready to throw in exhibition games, which begin Saturday.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:13:17 EDTThere has never been a question about Jake Marisnick's defensive ability and baserunning, both of which are at elite levels. His swing continues to be a "work in progress," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said, and the 25-year-old outfielder admitted Sunday he spent more time refining his swing this winter than ever before.