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Super Astros Crawfish Boil: March 1, 2015

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Astros news and notes from the past week.

The beard is so big I can't fit it and Keuchel's hat in the same picture.
The beard is so big I can't fit it and Keuchel's hat in the same picture.
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BASEBALL IS BACK, boys and girl. Here are some links to celebrate.

Is J.D. Martinez a One Hit Wonder or the Real Deal? | Detroit Sports Nation
Last season J.D. Martinez enjoyed a career resurgence with the Tigers. Will he keep up the momentum this season?

Why is Carlos Correa so awesome? - Minor League Ball
The 20-year-old Puerto Rican shortstop showed impact potential with the stick at Lancaster last summer and appears a strong bet to make his home up the middle well into the next decade.

Thank You to the Astros Radio Broadcast Team: Robert Ford and Steve Sparks
With the bad TV situation for the Houston Astros the last two years, fans were mainly left to listening to games over the radio. And two men stepped up big

Jon Singleton ready to fight off disappointing 2014 season : Fantasy News
Astros first baseman Jon Singleton is ready to put the 2014 season in his rear view mirror. Singleton hit a woeful .168 with 13 home runs and 44 RBI in 310 plate appearances in 2014.

Young Astros players make morning presentations in clubhouse - Ultimate Astros
The Astros’ 9 a.m. clubhouse meetings seem to fulfill the basic spirit of the "synergistic chemistry lab," the term ex-manager Bo Porter gave his meetings in the same time slot last year.

Astros’ Brett Oberholtzer reviving cutter as he competes for job - Ultimate Astros
Astros lefty Brett Oberholtzer is bringing back an old pitch that could help him nail down a spot in the Astros’ rotation

Flores thrilled for opportunity with Astros | astros.com
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The opportunity to play in Texas for the first time since he was at the University of Houston a decade ago has catcher Luis Flores thrilled to be wearing an Astros uniform.

Rodgers' dream: From Astros fan to part of team - Houston Chronicle
As Brady Rodgers developed into a promising pitcher, he always felt a special tug of nostalgia when he watched the family video taken in 1992, when he received his first baseball glove as a Christmas gift.

Chris Carter to start camp at first base; Astros monitoring Evan Gattis’ knee - Ultimate Astros
Chris Carter’s going to start his spring training at first base, manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday morning. Carter, coming off a 37-homer season, is also going to play some left field — the position that Evan Gattis will be spending most of his time at to start camp.

Astros prospect Tucker a real power broker - Houston Chronicle
Carlos Correa vividly remembers the first time he saw Preston Tucker drill majestic shot after shot in batting practice.

Houston Astros bring giant snake into clubhouse - Extra Mustard - SI.com
Spring training has not been underway very long, but clubhouse hijinks are already in midseason form, with the Rangers crooning R. Kelly, the Cubs sharing selfies and the Astros playing with a gigantic python.

Berkman will report to camp as an instructor Monday - Ultimate Astros
Astros manager A.J. Hinch expects former Astros All-Star Lance Berkman to arrive at Osceola County Stadium on Monday to begin a three-day stint as a special instructor in camp.

Carlos Correa Is the Centerpiece for the Astros' Bright Future | Bleacher Report
Carlos Correa laid on the dirt of a small minor league ballpark in Lake Elsinore, California, his season halted and the future of the Houston Astros much bleaker than it was just seconds before.

Several aces may need to adjust to a low zone loss. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article
Whether or not MLB starts to address the way low strikes are called after evaluating the decline in offense, big league pitchers and coaches would be wise to think ahead. Several aces who rely on keeping the ball down may have to make adjustments.

MLB: Jed Lowrie happy to be back with Houston Astros - Your Houston News: Sports: houston astros, jed lowrie, baseball,
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Jed Lowrie was away from the Houston Astros for two seasons — not by choice.

Houston Astros Set to Hit Many Home Runs in 2015
The Houston Astros still have a lot of questions about the franchise's future. One thing that's certain is the 2015 season will feature lots of home runs.