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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 4, 2016

News and notes from Astros Spring Training.

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Astros News

Doug Fister looks sharp in Astros' spring-opening win - Houston Chronicle
Doug Fister said he determined in 2008, the year before he made his big league debut, that the radar gun was more of a distraction than a help.

Astros spring games: 10 key questions - Houston Chronicle
Most people assume that hard-throwing righthander Ken Giles will be given the closer's role, considering the heavy price the Astros paid to acquire him from the Phillies this winter.

Matt Duffy homers in Astros' spring opener - Houston Chronicle
The first ball was to his left and hit the heel of his glove.

Astros new assistant Alonzo Powell a U.S., Japan baseball veteran - Houston Chronicle
Alonzo Powell is the only new face on the Astros coaching staff this year, replacing Alan Zinter, who took the lead hitting coach job for the Padres in the offseason.

Astros 3, Phillies 2: Jake Thompson makes first impression | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
The Phillies on Thursday got a look at one of their highly-touted pitching prospects in Jake Thompson during a 3-2 exhibition loss to the Astros.

MLB News

The 11 genres of baseball photos from Photo Day -
Every photo day has a picture from one of these 11 genres, from baseball holding to bug swallowing.

The Brewers are preparing to say whether their dog mascot is an impostor -
There's trouble afoot at the Brewers' spring training camp.

The Blue Jays and Edwin Encarnacion are talking extension -
Thursday's Say Hey, Baseball includes Edwin Encarnacion negotiations, the fate of Yoenis Cespedes' pig and baseball extensions out of Missouri.

Cardinals sign Kolten Wong to contract extension - Viva El Birdos
The Cardinals locked up one their young player in second baseman Kolten Wong. Derrick Goold had it first.