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Super Astros Crawfish Boil: February 22, 2015

Astros news and notes from the past week.

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Good morning boys and girls. Baseball is back! Well at least pitchers and catchers are on the field. Enjoy some stories coming out of Kissimmee.

Exclusive: Jeff Bagwell talks career, future with Astros |
Just days before some of this year's pitchers and catchers report for Astros Spring Training, Eyewitness News Anchor Dave Ward sat down with a former Astros great to talk about his new role with his old team.

Houston Astros players build bonds, memories at spring training - Orlando Sentinel
The Houston Astros began spring training for pitchers and catchers Saturday, and players such as Chad Qualls and Pat Neshek and a former player, Roger Clemens, shared early spring training memories.

Astros report: Closer still to be determined - Houston Chronicle
"Competition" may not accurately describe the Astros' closing situation.

Astros searching for right formula for strong team chemistry - Houston Chronicle
The Astros were guaranteed a slide down the chemistry rabbit hole from the start of the offseason, when new manager A.J. Hinch was hired and the assembly of a coaching staff began.

Evan Gattis to see early work in left field - Ultimate Astros
New Astros masher Evan Gattis is a man without a surefire position. He’ll be in the lineup, certainly, but at what spot isn’t known.

Brett Oberholtzer leading candidate for No. 4 spot in Astros’ rotation - Ultimate Astros
The first three spots in the Astros rotation are secure barring injury. Whatever the order ends up being, Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh and Scott Feldman are sure things.

Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Houston Astros | FOX Sports
The Astros are improving in real life, but in fantasy terms, their hitters are much more interesting than their pitchers.

Franchise bests/worsts: Houston Astros -
Up next in our franchise bests/worst series are the Houston Astros, who were once known as the Houston Colt .45's.

Offseason moves bring hope to Houston as camp opens |
HOUSTON -- After an offseason filled with moves to improve the bullpen, starting pitching rotation and lineup, as well as the hiring of a new manager in A.J. Hinch, the Astros are hoping 2015 is the season winning baseball returns to Minute Maid Park.

Astros' Double-A affiliate to host Texas League All-Star Game |
HOUSTON -- The Corpus Christi Hooks, the Astros' Double-A affiliate, will play host to the 2015 Texas League All-Star Game, the team announced Tuesday. The 79th installment of the Texas League All-Star Game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT June 30 at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Larry Dierker confirmed as guest speaker for Pearland’s biggest literacy annual event - Your Houston News: Living
Planning of 2015 Red Hat Literacy Luncheon hosted by the Adult Reading Center starts with the speaking confirmation of Astros’ star and literacy advocate