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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 1, 2016

News and notes from Astros Spring Training.

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Astros News

Astros set spring rotation for first six games - Houston Chronicle
A day after announcing that righthander Doug Fister will start the first Grapefruit League game, Astros manager A.J. Hinch revealed his starting rotation for the first six games.

Rasmus, Gomez do their best to make younger Astros feel at ease - Houston Chronicle
When Colby Rasmus broke into the majors as a 22-year-old on a veteran Cardinals team in 2009, the clubhouse culture was anything but welcoming to him. He felt isolated and different.

Astros' Correa on brink of superstardom
Carlos Correa is 21 years old and already perhaps the best shortstop in all of baseball.

Astros' Luke Gregerson progresses in recovery from injury - Houston Chronicle
Astros reliever Luke Gregerson, who has been limited this spring by left oblique soreness, felt good Monday after he participated in pitchers fielding practice and other activities with the rest of the healthy pitchers for the first time this spring.

New Astros reliever Neal Cotts settled into clubhouse - Houston Chronicle
Lefthanded reliever Neal Cotts finally settled into the Astros' clubhouse with his teammates on Sunday morning after throwing a bullpen session the previous afternoon long before his teammates left Saturday.

Astros' James Hoyt draws praise - Houston Chronicle
Righthander James Hoyt, 29, drew praise after his live batting practice session Sunday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.

Prospect Chris Devenski garners praise from Astros manager A.J. Hinch - Houston Chronicle
Manager A.J. Hinch praised minor-league righthander Chris Devenski after watching the 2015 Class AA Corpus Christi Pitcher of the Year throw his second live batting practice session of camp Monday.

MLB News

Which bad MLB team would you watch on purpose in 2016? -
We have a pretty good idea of which MLB teams are going to have abysmal seasons. But which one will be the most fun to watch on a daily basis?

The Orioles banned postgame pies in the face -
Monday's Say Hey, Baseball includes a pie ban, John Axford's Oscars picks, and a college baseball bat flip.

Phillies make statement to college team: You can't beat us TWO years in a row - The Good Phight
Phillies make statement to college team: You can't beat us TWO years in a row.