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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 21, 2016

Astros news and notes from Spring Training.

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Astros News

Hellickson sharp as Phillies edge Astros
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jeremy Hellickson made his case to start on opening day by pitching five hitless innings Sunday as the Phillies rallied to top Houston, 5-4, at Bright House Field. - Matt Breen, Philadelphia Inquirer

Astros' backup catcher spot still wide open - Houston Chronicle
Astros manager A.J. Hinch on Sunday said the competition for the Astros' backup job is wide open and that the team was still exploring outside options. Bert Pena, who got the start Sunday, and Tyler Heineman are the only two catchers left in big league camp, and neither has been to the big leagues.

Astros' Giles absorbs life's lessons through baseball - Houston Chronicle
You find the face, see the arm and hear the mitt smack.

Phillies 5, Astros 4: Tyler Goeddel handles Ken Giles’ heat | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Tyler Goeddel is pretty much a lock to make the opening day roster, but he still has work to do and on Sunday, he showed some of it off against former Phillie Ken Giles.

MLB News

Mexico, Colombia win their way into the 2017 World Baseball Classic -
Monday's Say Hey, Baseball includes two WBC qualifiers, more on Adam LaRoche, and a ridiculous Barry Bonds' record.

Rymer Liriano carted off field, hospitalized after getting hit in face by a pitch -
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Francisco Liriano was carted off the field and taken to a local hospitalized after getting hit in the face by a pitch against the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon.

Dodgers 5th starter competition officially a mess: Bolsinger scratched, Beachy hurt, Lee optioned - True Blue LA
The three candidates for the Dodgers fifth starter job had interesting Sundays: Zach Lee was optioned to the minors, Brandon Beachy will miss a few days with elbow inflammation, and Mike Bolsinger was a late scratch.

Wright's spring debut bodes well for MLB return -
Saturday's Say Hey includes David Wright's first 2016 spring training appearance, Kris Bryant's 2016 college baseball debut and a possible change of heart for Pablo Sandoval.

Cardinals sign Ruben Tejada - Viva El Birdos
In an effort to bolster the shortstop position with Jhonny Peralta out, the Cardinals bring in the former New York Mets shortstop.