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Gonzalez working to strengthen his righty bat

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:10:10 EDT

A versatile player who can play as many as six positions, switch hitter Marwin Gonzalez is working this spring to become a more proficient hitter from the right side of the plate.



Prospect Tucker clubs 3-run HR in first start

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 19:15:18 EDT

Making his first start of the spring, Astros outfield prospect Kyle Tucker clubbed a three-run home run off Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas in the first inning of Sunday's Grapefruit League game at Roger Dean Stadium.



Car gets stuck leaving field during Astros-Cards

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 17:45:51 EDT

Car gets stuck leaving field during Astros-Cards



Kemp keeps positive attitude in battle for roster

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:17:43 EDT

Tony Kemp got married in Jamaica in the offseason and purchased his first house in Nashville, Tenn. He watched Game 7 of the World Series nervously from his in-laws' house, cheering for his teammates and refusing to draw an easy breath until the final out was made.



McHugh fans five in crisp spring debut

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:51:03 EDT

Considering Collin McHugh didn't make a Spring Training start last year until late March, his crisp performance in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Braves in his Grapefruit League debut was full of encouragement.



Astros welcome Douglas HS coach, sons

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:44:11 EDT

There may never be a return to true normalcy for the students and faculty at Stoneman Douglas High School. Not after the tragedy that struck the school in nearby Parkland, Fla., last week, when 17 people were killed in a horrific shooting.



Astros pitching prospects combine to excel

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:12:36 EDT

Shohei Ohtani covered the headlines on Saturday, but the No. 1 overall prospect wasn't the only one to impress on the second full day of Spring Training.



Astros' Top 30 Prospects list

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:25:12 EDT

Who do the Astros have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Houston's Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.



Armenteros brings heat in spring opener

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:09:38 EDT

His reputation of being a strikeout machine showed early for Astros prospect Rogelio Armenteros when he struck out the first two batters he faced in Friday's 3-2 win over the Nationals in the Grapefruit League opener at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.



'18 Player Preview: Dominate your fantasy draft

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 17:17:41 EDT

From 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.



Glove Day brings new leather for Astros

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:24:35 EDT

One of the few chances a baseball player gets to express himself on the field is with his glove, which is why so many players can't wait for Wilson Sporting Goods -- the official glove of Major League Baseball -- to come through camp.



Despite graduations, trades, Top 30 strong

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:51:32 EDT

Despite recent graduations and trade departures, the Astros' farm system remains in good shape.



Astros have quartet of dark-horse candidates

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:56:49 EDT

As the games get underway, let's take a look a few dark-horse candidates to make the team's 25-man roster, which is all but set barring injuries:



Starter at 1B, Gurriel will play all over diamond

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:03:28 EDT

He made a name for himself as an international superstar while playing third base for the Cuban national team, and this season, Yuli Gurriel will get a chance to return more frequently to the left side of the diamond.



Astros, Nats announce new name for ST park

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:47:06 EDT

The Nationals and Astros unveiled their new Spring Training facility a year ago. Now, on the eve of its second season, the two clubs are announcing a new naming rights partner, unveiling the new name and logo for the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Wednesday afternoon.



Back from thumb injury, Marisnick raring to go

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:42:23 EDT

After posting career highs during the regular season, then being relegated to watching from the sidelines with a fractured thumb as Houston won the World Series, center fielder Jake Marisnick might be the most anxious of all Astros to begin Spring Training.



Opportunity for Reed to earn roster spot

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:51:53 EDT

The Astros still have confidence in first base prospect A.J. Reed, and the club's second round pick in the 2014 Draft remains a viable piece of the 2018 puzzle. Another left-handed bat with power is what Reed hopes to provide for the Astros this season.



Altuve striving for perfection after MVP, WS

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:39:49 EDT

One by one, Jose Altuve's teammates were asked about his impact on the Astros, prompting glowing responses from every corner of the clubhouse. It's easy to measure Altuve's influence by looking at his gaudy numbers, but his importance is better defined by what his peers think about him.



Prospect Whitley suspended for 50 games

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:52:15 EDT

Astros right-handed Minor League pitcher Forrest Whitley, the No. 9-ranked prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline, has been suspended for 50 games without pay by the Commissioner's Office for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.



Luhnow: 'I really like the group we have here'

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:19:08 EDT

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow on Monday said he doesn't anticipate his team adding players, despite several top free agents still without jobs. He said bluntly that he doesn't think the Astros need anybody else right now. Most of the club's key pieces from its World Series club returned, and the team added pitchers Gerrit Cole, Joe Smith and Hector Rondon in the offseason.



New year, new outlook for Houston's Giles

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:43:47 EDT

When the final out of the World Series was recorded last year, it was starter-turned-reliever Charlie Morton -- and not closer Ken Giles -- who was getting the final out and being mobbed by his Astros teammates in the middle of the diamond.



MLB announces pace of play initiatives for '18

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:41:47 EDT

Major League Baseball will implement new pace of play rules for the 2018 season, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday, but there will be no pitch clock this season.



Bregman's new regimen: No dad-bod diet

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:31:03 EDT

Alex Bregman has a strict 'no dad bod' diet now



When Verlander speaks, Astros hurlers listen

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:34:45 EDT

In his first Spring Training with the Astros, pitcher Justin Verlander has been spreading tons of knowledge. He was spotted Saturday getting hands-on with pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. during his bullpen session, and on Sunday, he was at his locker talking pitching with Dallas Keuchel and Gerrit Cole.



Hinch: Cole only needs 'tweaks,' not overhaul

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:45:37 EDT

Gerrit Cole has impressive credentials, which is why the Astros traded for right-hander in January. A former first-round pick, Cole won 19 games in 2015 and can throw in the upper 90s with his fastball.



Svelte Martes impressing with velocity, focus

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:46:15 EDT

Francis Martes has stood out in the early days of Astros camp for how hard he's throwing the ball, but that isn't the only thing manager A.J. Hinch noticed about him. The right-hander shred a few pounds in the offseason, and he's focusing on slowing down his delivery.



Out of options, Stassi aiming for roster spot

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:00:34 EDT

It appears the Astros will have one roster spot open for a position player come Opening Day. Max Stassi is hoping to claim it.



Astros weighing left-handed relief options

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:39:10 EDT

There will be an open competition in camp for the Astros to find a left-handed relief pitcher, though there's no guarantees they would carry one.



Sharon Robinson inspires with father's legacy

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:29:53 EDT

It would be impossible to accurately count the number of young people Sharon Robinson has personally encountered during her two-plus decades as an educational programming consultant for Major League Baseball.



Astros, Nats reach spring naming rights deal

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:09:29 EDT

Executives from the Astros, Nationals and FITTEAM Global will announce FITTEAM as the naming-rights partner of The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Wednesday in a ceremony at home plate.



Watson celebrated with youth outreach center

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:43:45 EDT

Bob Watson's life and career were celebrated in grand style in Houston on Friday, with the announcement that soon, a facility dedicated to educating young people will bear his name.



Gose brings confidence, 100-mph heat to camp

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:56:33 EDT

Anthony Gose, the former Major League outfielder, is hoping his electric left arm can keep his career alive in an unlikely second act as a relief pitcher. The Astros took him in the Rule 5 Draft from the Rangers in December, hoping Gose can harness his 100-mph fastball to win a job in the defending World Series champs' bullpen.



McHugh wins arb case; to compete for rotation

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:29:58 EDT

For the second year in a row, right-hander Collin McHugh won his arbitration case against the Astros. McHugh, who had his hearing in Phoenix on Tuesday, found out Thursday afternoon the arbitration panel had ruled in his favor. He will make $5 million this year; the Astros were offering $4.55 million.



Verlander: 'American League goes through us'

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:00:15 EDT

Justin Verlander doesn't care for your opinion. He also doesn't care who the Yankees picked up -- 2017 National League Most Valuable Player Giancarlo Stanton, by the way -- or that the Indians will be a deep and dangerous club. "I think the American League goes through us," Verlander said Wednesday.



Bregman's Valentine's delivery: iPads for kids

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:47:43 EDT

It's almost time for Alex Bregman to head to Florida for Spring Training, but on Wednesday, he dropped by Central Elementary in Angleton, Texas, where he delivered free iPads to a group of young students with special needs.