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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 28, 2016

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Astros News and notes from Spring Training.

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Astros News

2016 Preview: Houston Astros – HardballTalk
Carlos Correa for a full season and an improved bullpen make the Astros the favorite to win the west.

Padres bats go crazy in rout of Astros | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com
The Padres score unprecedented 21 runs Sunday in Mexico, routing Astros

Padres Get 9 in 1st Inning, Rout Astros 21-6 in Mexico City - ABC News
Padres Get 9 in 1st Inning, Rout Astros 21-6 in Mexico City

In sign of changing times, Astros players buy in to Mexico trip - Houston Chronicle
MEXICO CITY - Two hours before the start of the Mexico City Series, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred stopped Astros superstars Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa after they finished batting practice Saturday night at Fray Nano Stadium.

Castro, Reed, Singleton Lead Astros Split Squad Over Tigers - ABC News
Castro, Reed, Singleton Lead Astros Split Squad Over Tigers

Texas Rangers: Houston Astros preview: One successful season can be a fluke, a repeat performance could prove something bigger | SportsDay
The Houston Astros jumped in class last season. After six consecutive losing seasons, three that included more than 100 losses, the Astros led the...

Astros' Luke Gregerson makes statement against Tigers - Houston Chronicle
If the fifth inning of a late-spring Grapefruit League game could ever contain a statement, Luke Gregerson made one Sunday afternoon on the road against the Tigers.

Astros report: Luke Gregerson fans side on 9 pitches in Grapefruit debut - Houston Chronicle
If the fifth inning of a late-spring Grapefruit League game could ever contain a statement, Luke Gregerson made one Sunday against Detroit in an 8-3 split-squad victory for the Astros at Lakeland, Fla.

MLB News

Cuba is interested in bringing defectors back to its national team - SBNation.com
Sunday's Say Hey, Baseball talks about Cuba being open to the idea of welcoming defectors back to its national team. Plus, Justin Verlander hates running almost as much as a normal person does.

Red Sox, Padres discuss pitcher trade, but not for James Shields - Over the Monster
The Sox want a Padres pitcher, but it's not the one everyone is assuming it is.