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News and notes from Spring Training.

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Astros News

Detroit Tigers 7, Houston Astros 3: Zimmermann strong, Fulmer not
Jordan Zimmermann overcomes nail issue to pitch three scoreless innings as Tigers improve to 9-6 in exhibition

Lance McCullers of Houston Astros to start season on disabled list
Astros manager A.J. Hinch says Lance McCullers will start the season on the disabled list.

Astros' A.J. Hinch sick of seeing his players get plunked - Houston Chronicle
One day after George Springer was hit by a pitch for the team-leading third time, Astros manager A.J. Hinch couldn't hide his frustration after the Tigers hit Carlos Gomez and Jason Castro with pitches.

Astros' Carlos Gomez just goes and goes and goes and … - Houston Chronicle
You look for a nearby electrical plug. You search for a portable charger. Then you turn your eyes upward and stare into the blinding overhead sun.

Astros shut down former Tampa Jesuit star McCullers | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
Right-hander Lance McCullers won’t start the season in the Astros’ rotation because of shoulder pain. He has not pitched in a spring training game. An MRI taken Friday ruled out structural damage.

MLB News

Two World Baseball Classic qualifying rounds begin Thursday - SBNation.com
Thursday's Say Hey, Baseball includes the World Baseball Classic, the reason for Adam LaRoche's sudden retirement, and Cam Newton giving Goose Gossage nightmares.

Use baseball to pick your 2016 NCAA tournament bracket - SBNation.com
Which baseball players did the 2016 NCAA tournament teams produce? You might as well use the answers to fill out your bracket.

Gay Cardinals Minor League player quit baseball when teammates said gays should be killed - Outsports
Tyler Dunnington wants to get back into baseball after spending one season in the Minor Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals. He quit in 2015 after hearing a coach and teammates talk about killing gay people.

Yasiel Puig cleared in MLB investigation of Miami bar fight - True Blue LA
Major League Baseball concluded its investigation into Yasiel Puig's involvement in a bar fight in Miami on Nov. 26, 2015, and he will not face any discipline per the sport's new domestic violence policy.

Panthers respond to Goose Gossage by proudly tweeting a Cam Newton GIF - SBNation.com
This is pretty great.

This one in a million pitch bounces off an umpire and lands perfectly in his bag - SBNation.com
You have to see it to believe it, but the pitch bounced in the dirt, didn't touch the batter or the catcher, and still managed to land precisely in the pocket hanging from the ump's hip.