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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 31, 2016

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Astros news and notes from Spring Training.

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Texas Rangers: National columnist: The Astros are the AL West favorites, but this factor could vault the Rangers to the top | SportsDay
MLB.com columnist Richard Justice recently joined Shan and RJ on KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan to preview the AL West and the budding rivalry between the...

Astros look at outside options as they finalize pitching staff - Houston Chronicle
Righty Michael Feliz was optioned to Class AAA on Monday, but he's still in the mix for a final spot in the Astros bullpen and is to be in Houston for a pair of exhibitions against the Brewers.

Why Rangers, Astros are poised to rule the wild AL West | www.myajc.com
The Houston Astros or the Texas Rangers led the American League West for 139 days last season.

Projecting the Houston Astros' win total for the 2016 season - MLB
The Houston Astros slugged 230 home runs in 2015, but can they repeat that success in 2016? Joe Peta gives his season preview.

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A.J. Preller's job is not in danger - SBNation.com
Thursday's Say Hey, Baseball includes A.J. Preller's job security, Jon Lester's magical home run and stampeding children.

Astros set rotation for season-opening series vs. Yankees - Houston Chronicle
The Astros on Wednesday announced their rotation for next week's season-opening series in New York, revealing Mike Fiers will start the third game against the Yankees following Dallas Keuchel on opening day and Collin McHugh in game No. 2.

Jose Reyes' domestic violence charge to be dropped, per report - Purple Row
Because of an uncooperative witness, prosecutors are dropping the charges against Jose Reyes.

Every last scrap of Cubs magic this year was just wasted on a Jon Lester spring home run - SBNation.com
That's it. That's it for 2016. Wait 'til next year for more magic, Cubs fans.

Lost home run ball sparks tiny child stampede in Arizona - SBNation.com
RIP, flowers.