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News and notes from Spring Training.

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Astros News

Mexico series shows MLB's commitment to growth | astros.com
We've seen the passion when Mexico plays a game in the World Baseball Classic. Fans show up early and stay late, wear their country's colors and wave its flag. They're on their feet almost from first pitch to last.

This apocalyptic wall cloud led to the Astros-Braves game getting rained out - SBNation.com
Pray for us all.

2016 MLB season preview: Houston Astros | SI.com
Say hello to the American League's best team: The young, powerful and fun Astros may make our 2017 World Series prediction look one year too late.

Braves' Teheran, Astros' Straily Throw Zeroes - ABC News
Braves' Teheran, Astros' Straily Throw Zeroes

Houston Astros' final exhibition game at Osceola County Stadium Saturday night - Orlando News Now - Orlando Sentinel
After 32 springs at Osceola County Stadium, the Houston Astros are leaving Kissimmee. Their final home exhibition game will be Saturday night against the Miami Marlins (first pitch is 6:05).

Source: Cubs, Giants, Dodgers, Astros interested in Anibal Sierra - Baseball Essential
The Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros are showing interest in Cuban free agent Anibal Sierra, according to a source.

Astros' Collin McHugh: Named No. 2 starter - CBSSports.com
Astros' Collin McHugh: Named No. 2 starter

MLB News

Can the Cardinals survive without a true "ace" in 2016? - Viva El Birdos
The Cardinals are not projected to have an "elite"-level starter in 2016. Do they need one to be contenders?

How Carson Smith's injury impacts the Red Sox bullpen - Over the Monster
Many different players on the Red Sox roster will feel the impact of Carson Smith's injury.

Shortstop plans falling into place for White Sox - South Side Sox
Tim Anderson flashed his skills during Cactus League play, but Jimmy Rollins and Tyler Saladino allow the organization to be patient

The Cubs are holding actual bear cubs at spring training because life is beautiful - SBNation.com
Cubs holding bear cubs? CUBS HOLDING BEAR CUBS.