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Super Astros Crawfish Boil: February 8, 2015

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Astros news and notes from the past week.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning boys and girls. Pitchers and catchers reports soon. 12 days to be exact. Until then here are some stories to hold you over.

Astros' answer in center has 3 promising answers - Houston Chronicle
Springer, Rasmusand Marisnickall capable ofanchoring defense

Astros owner eyeing return to postseason for first time since 2005 : Fantasy News
The Astros head into the 2015 season having last posted a winning campaign in 2008. In fact, after going 70-92 in 2014, it was the first time in four seasons the Astros did not finish in last place in their division.

Nationals, Astros move closer to West Palm Beach spring training home - The Washington Post
The Palm Beach County legislative delegation agreed Friday to introduce a bill to the state legislature that would allow use of land the Astros and Nationals need to build their new spring training home in West Palm Beach.

Former Astros closer Jose Veras still looking for a team - Ultimate Astros
If you take away Jose Veras’ rough but brief start to 2014 with the Cubs, the free agent reliever has a 3.02 ERA in 95 1/3 innings the last two seasons, all in the American League.

Biggio up close with history during HOF visit | astros.com
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The chance to hold a baseball bat swung by Babe Ruth was something Craig Biggio was going to enjoy as much as he could, even if it meant picking it up three times while smiling from ear to ear. That was one of many awe-inspiring moments for Biggio, the longtime Astros second baseman who, along with his wife, Patty, was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday as part of his orientation in advance of his induction on July 26.

Bergman, remembered for marathon at-bat, dies
Bergman played 17 seasons in the major leagues, the last nine of them with the Tigers.

Minor League jerseys: Fresno Grizzlies add California flag uniform - Extra Mustard - SI.com
The Fresno Grizzlies, the new Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, are ditching their traditional black and orange uniforms for a special promotion later this year. On April 11, the team will be taking state pride to a new level, with uniforms that look like the California state flag.

EaDo craft beer haven shows off new Astrodome setup: Brewery power! - CultureMap Houston
Working off the idea that nothing says good times like adults gathering to share a couple of cold beers, 8th Wonder Brewery has added a taproom to the collec

Tigers will watch Matt Albers throw next week | HardballTalk
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers have RSVP'd to watch free agent right-hander Matt Albers pitch in front of interested teams February 10 (next Tuesday) in the Houston area.