3/8/2014 | Porter challenges, but out call at first upheld
Manager Bo Porter said prior to Saturday's game against the Yankees, which was the first of five scheduled Astros home games this spring to have instant replay available, that he couldn't wait to try to challenge a call. He wasn't joking.
3/8/2014 | Keuchel tosses hitless ball in loss to Phillies
Three-run homers by third baseman Cody Asche and catcher Carlos Ruiz lifted the Phillies to an 11-3 Grapefruit League win over an Astros split squad Saturday at Bright House Field. Astros starter Dallas Keuchel held the Phils hitless over three strong innings.
3/8/2014 | Carter blasts three-run homer in loss to Yanks
The Yankees rallied for three runs in the sixth inning against Astros relief pitcher Jose Cisnero, taking advantage of a costly error to come from behind and win, 9-6, on Saturday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium. Jarred Cosart struggled in his start, while slugger Chris Carter belted a three-run homer.
3/8/2014 | Armstrong making switch from pitcher to first base
This spring marks a fresh start for Jack Armstrong Jr., who was a hard-throwing pitcher drafted in the third round (No. 99 overall) by the Astros in 2011 following a solid career at Vanderbilt University. Injuries to his elbow and later his shoulder kept Armstrong off the mound for three years and ultimately forced him to decide to make the switch to first base, which he began at spring camp this year in an attempt to resurrect his career.
3/7/2014 | Krauss continuing push for roster spot
No Astros player has helped himself more during the first week of Grapefruit League games than Marc Krauss, who went 3-for-4 with a homer and a lineout in Friday's loss to the Nationals.
3/7/2014 | Oberholtzer working out kinks on mound
At least one of the two home runs Brett Oberholtzer gave up in his first start of the spring Friday against the Nationals was aided by a stiff wind blowing from right to left field, but the left-hander wasn't about to make any excuses.
3/7/2014 | Minor League camp opens in Kissimmee
About 160 players worked out for the first time as a group Friday on the back fields at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla., with the first full-squad workout of Minor League camp. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said he plans to address the group on Saturday.
3/7/2014 | Krauss enjoys big day as Astros fall to Nats
The Nationals scored six runs in the first inning before going on to top the Astros, 8-5, at Space Coast Stadium on Friday afternoon.
3/7/2014 | Astros looking into new Spring Training sites
Officials from the Astros and Nationals were presented with 10 locations for possible Spring Training relocation sites, including eight locations in Palm Beach County -- the Astros' preferred site -- according to county documents.
3/7/2014 | Strom reflects on unique connection to Tommy John
Being the second baseball pitcher to undergo ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery meant that Brent Strom has stayed pretty anonymous throughout the course of his playing and coaching career.
3/6/2014 | Feldman among hurlers who pitch in 'B' game
The Astros were able to get in some work prior to having to cancel Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets. Scott Feldman, the team's likely Opening Day starter, threw 33 pitches in three innings.
3/6/2014 | Astros taking it slow with Appel after appendectomy
It's been slow going for top Draft pick Mark Appel, who has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game or even face hitters during live batting practice.
3/6/2014 | Biggio liking what he sees from Correa
Craig Biggio, who's been in camp as a special advisor to the Astros, spent some time during the week with 2012 No. 1 overall Draft pick Carlos Correa.
3/6/2014 | All players on Astros' 40-man roster under contract
All of the Astros players on the 40-man roster are now under contract after the team said Thursday it had reached deals with 31 pre-arbitration-eligible players.
3/6/2014 | Rain forces cancellation of Mets-Astros game
Heavy rains in central Florida forced the cancellation of Thursday's scheduled Grapefruit League game between the Astros and Mets at Osceola County Stadium. The game will not be made up.
3/6/2014 | How do Astros' top prospects fit Houston's needs?
This series is designed to evaluate the role prospects play in each Major League organization, looking at the short and long-term needs of each club and illustrating how prospects fit in both scenarios. Here's my look at the Astros.
3/6/2014 | Astros eager to see loaded farm system pay dividends
The Astros' loaded farm system can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it's an exciting acknowledgment of strong scouting and player development work. On the flip side, having a great system sounds great on paper, but if it doesn't funnel players through the pipeline to turn things around at the highest level, it's a bit hollow.
3/5/2014 | Porter gets in some replay practice
Astros manager Bo Porter huddled with the umpires following the first inning on Wednesday to discuss whether a play at second base would have been permitted to be challenged under the new expanded replay rules.
3/5/2014 | Astros glimpse future with prospect-laden lineup
The Astros' top three prospects -- shortstop Carlos Correa, first baseman Jon Singleton and outfielder George Springer -- were all in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers at Osceola County Stadium. Seeing them in the same lineup as veterans like Jose Altuve and Jason Castro gives you a glimpse of what the Astros could look like in the near future.
3/5/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Springer too good not to star
After Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, the Astros' George Springer might have as much upside as any prospect in baseball. There isn't another player who can match his considerable power potential and all-around tools, all of which are solid or better.
3/5/2014 | Fowler scratched because of stiff neck
Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler was scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Tigers because of a stiff neck. The team said he was removed from the lineup purely for precautionary reasons.
3/5/2014 | Chambers close to return from hamstring strain
Adron Chambers, a non-roster invitee who has appeared in 84 Major League games for the Cardinals over the previous three seasons, has been slowed by a mild left hamstring strain for more than a week. He participated in baserunning drills on Wednesday and could get into a game in the next few days.
3/5/2014 | Astros' young bullpen ready to carry load
At one point last August, it was up to young arms like Josh Fields, Chia-Jen Lo, Josh Zeid and Kevin Chapman -- all of whom made their Major League debuts last year -- to hold leads and close out games. There were some promising signs and some low points, but the experience the Astros' pup relievers gained in 2013 sets them up to contribute nicely this season.
3/5/2014 | Harrell goes three solid innings against Tigers
Astros right-hander Lucas Harrell, making his second spring start, worked three innings and allowed one run on three hits in a 3-0 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.
3/4/2014 | Crane gears up for spring facility presentation
Astros owner Jim Crane said he is scheduled to meet with Palm Beach County officials on Thursday to be presented with three possible Spring Training locations within the county.
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