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Super Sunday Astros Crawfish Boil: October 26, 2014

Astros news and notes from the past week.

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Good morning boys and girl. The wheels are turning toward next season even with the World Series on going. The Triple-A team in place, new manager is in place, and the Arizona Fall League is in full swing. Lets take a look a some news and notes from the Astros universe.

Appel dominates, continues scoreless streak in AFL |
After a disappointing start to the season at Class A Advanced Lancaster, right-hander Mark Appel righted himself in the last month of the season at Double-A Corpus Christi.

Baseball fever, it’s hard to catch in S.A. - San Antonio Express-News
SAN ANTONIO — A Houston Astros fan here who wants to follow the perpetual cellar-dwellers on cable is out of luck — unless he is willing to pony up for a pricey satellite TV sports package.

Astros have 90 days to find spring training site in West Palm Beach area - Ultimate Astros
The Astros and Nationals received an encouraging vote on funding for a new spring training facility in the West Palm Beach, Fla., area, but are now on the clock to find a site to build a new complex for the two teams.

Mark Appel is thriving in the Arizona Fall League | HardballTalk
Mark Appel had a weird season, as the former No. 1 overall pick was awful at Single-A with a 9.74 ERA in 12 starts and then made headlines over the weird quasi-controversy of him throwing a bullpen session in Houston.

Astros' prospect Velasquez untouchable in AFL action |
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Salt River Rafters are following a really simple recipe for success: Start a Houston prospect and win a well-pitched game. Vincent Velasquez did the trick Tuesday, following up a gem by Mark Appel with four shutout innings in a 5-0 victory over the Peoria Javelinas. Velasquez, ranked Houston's No. 8 prospect by, allowed just one hit against a star-studded lineup for Peoria. The Javelinas had three of the top 100 prospects ranked by in Tuesday's lineup, but Velasquez and three Salt River relievers held Peoria to just two hits for the day.

At the heart of A.J. Hinch, a baseball player's drive - Houston Chronicle
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Erin Hinch was a little embarrassed to see her husband rummaging through the garage, surfacing one major league baseball jersey after another, even though she shouldn't have been. Everyone has an unsorted pile somewhere at home, waiting for someday - big leaguers included.

The Collegian " Astros front office meets Fresno fans
The Fresno Grizzlies’ transition as the Houston Astros’ Triple-A affiliate got a big push Thursday night when the team unveiled designs for new home uniforms and held a meet-and-greet between fans and the Astros’ front office.

Astros brass promise Fresno great baseball
Representatives from the Houston Astros held a press conference at Chukchansi Park this afternoon to say they are eager to begin playing in Fresno next spring.

Houston Astros say Tony DeFrancesco to return as manager of relocated Triple-A franchise in Fresno | Fresno Grizzlies |

Tony DeFrancesco, a three-time Pacific Coast League title-winning manager and a former skipper at Visalia of the Cal League, will lead the Fresno Grizzlies during their inaugural season as the Houston Astros' Triple-A affiliate.

Astros to add Cardinals scout Charlie Gonzalez as special assistant - Ultimate Astros
The Astros have poached another Bird.

One-time Astro Cody Clark reaches World Series as a bullpen catcher - Ultimate Astros
SAN FRANCISCO – The Astros jersey Cody Clark wore in his major league debut on Aug. 23, 2013, still hangs proudly at his home in Arkansas along with the framed lineup cards from his debut, his first start and the game in which he finally collected a hit. The ball from his first major league hit sits atop a mantel.

Ex-baseball All-Star returns to alma mater Rice - The Eagle: Texas
HOUSTON (AP) — A silver Porsche sedan pulls into the parking lot next to Reckling Park.