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Spring Training Game Thread No. 1: Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies

It begins!

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Houston Astros (0-0) at Philadelphia Phillies (0-1-1), 12:05 p.m. (CST)

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The Astros take on the Phillies for the first Spring Training game of the 2016 season.  WOO HOO!

The game begins at 12:05 and may be watched on MLB.TV or listened to on KBME Houston, SportsTalk 790 AM.

The Astros trot righty free agent Doug Fister to the mound for his first start in an Astros uniform.  The Phillies counter with right-hander David Buchanan.


Astros' starting lineup:

CF Jake Marisnick

RF George Springer

LF Preston Tucker

3B Matt Duffy

1B Jon Singleton

DH Tyler White

SS Danny Worth

C Max Stassi

2B Nolan Fontana

RHP Doug Fister


Phillies' starting lineup:

CF Roman Quinn

SS J.P. Crawford

3B Maikel Franco

1B Darin Ruf

LF David Lough

RF Aaron Altherr

C Cameron Rupp

DH Darnell Sweeney

RHP David Buchanan

2B Cesar Hernadnez


The Astros regulars who were lineup mainstays during the 2015 season are likely to only play a couple innings, while players vying for a 40-man roster spot (White, Worth) or competing for a full-time role (Singleton, Duffy, Stassi) may get a longer look this afternoon.

The Astros currently are tied for first place in Grapefruit League play, with zero losses.  The Phillies are in last place, with zero wins.