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Super Astros Crawfish Boil: March 8, 2015

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Astros news and notes from the past week.

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Good morning boys and girls, Spring Training is in full swing. Here is some of the excellent daily coverage has received for the past week.

Game Over for the Astrodome, ‘Stadium of the Future’
The stadium was a gargantuan advertisement for the possibilities suggested by American technology, and yet was rendered a relic within decades.

Changes in offseason program a boost for Astros' Springer
Already strapping, George Springer arrived at Astros camp 10 pounds heavier than last year, at 225 pounds. The gain, without question, is all muscle, aside from whatever amount is owed to the bizarre Mohawk he's grooming on his head.

With Dexter Fowler gone, Jose Altuve could be permanent fixture atop Astros’ batting order
Jose Altuve’s the likely but not singular candidate to be the Astros’ leadoff hitter. With Dexter Fowler and his .375 on-base percentage traded away, there’s no one on the Astros who gets on base at a remarkable clip except for Altuve.

Correa makes return as Astros fall to Cardinals in exhibition
Top Astros prospect Carlos Correa returned to game action Friday, notching an RBI single in Houston’s 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Nolan Ryan says a power arm not a must for Astros’ success
Power can help you win, but you don’t necessarily need power to win.

Astros catchers looking to figure out how to hit southpaws
Having a pair of catchers who do not complement each other as a platoon isn’t ideal, but Astros manager A.J. Hinch wants to see how Hank Conger, a switch-hitter and the back-up to starting catcher Jason Castro, can fare against lefthanded pitching before making any playing time determinations.

Houston Astros might have a problem, a good problem
Are the Houston Astros suddenly progressing too fast for their own good? Unless the team finds spots for all their promising youngsters and new acquisitions, they just might.

Unsigned Astros picks Aiken, Nix move past draft debacle
Astros owner Jim Crane and general manager Jeff Luhnow made the trip to Jupiter, Fla., to watch the Astros take on the Cardinals on Friday.

Camp sights: Astros expect more than a whiff of success
The Astros are hopeful of – you won't get anyone to officially admit to counting on – what general manager Luhnow calls, "A couple of interesting debuts" in shortstop Carlos Correa and pitcher Mark Appel

Houston Astros boast toughest early AL schedule - MLB - ESPN Insider Required
Buster Olney ranks the toughest early-season schedules in the American League. He leads with the Houston Astros.

X-rays negative after Astros prospect Preston Tucker hit by pitch
X-rays taken on Astros outfielder Preston Tucker’s right hand came back negative Saturday after he was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning and exited a 9-4 Astros loss to the Yankees.

Astros scout turned away from Venezuela
The Astros will have to wait to watch the next Jose Altuve.