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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 26, 2016

News and notes from Astros Spring Training.

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Astros News

Roger Clemens gives Astros pitchers a split-finger tutorial - Houston Chronicle
Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, a special assistant to general manager Jeff Luhnow, capped his three-day stint as a special instructor in camp by holding a tutorial session on the split-finger fastball.

Progress report: Houston Astros |
An offseason review of who’s new, who’s gone and what to watch for at each team’s camp this spring.

Farmhand Kemmer hitting his way up Astros chain - Houston Chronicle
As Ed Kemmer milked cows one morning at his family's small dairy farm five decades ago, he asked his father if he would let him play Little League. It was a bold request by the oldest of seven children to play baseball instead of helping around the farm in tiny Kingsville, Penn.

Optimism running high among Astros - Sports - Stripes
Fortified by the additions of starting pitcher Doug Fister and reliever Ken Giles, the full squad that worked out together for the first time has an entirely different set of expectations.

MLB News

MLB's changes to takeout slides are obvious, sensible -
The changes to protect middle infielders make so much sense, you have to wonder why they weren't in place 100 years ago.

Let's all vacation at this minor league baseball team's lazy river -
The Frisco RoughRiders will have a river inside their stadium, because why not?

No car windshields are safe at spring training -
If you're going to spring training, do not park near the outfield.

This baseball team's name is Bananas. No literally, Bananas. -
Introducing the Savannah Bananas.

'Better Call Saul' night in Albuquerque is the best minor league theme of the season -
Finally Bob Odenkirk's face will be on a minor league baseball jersey.