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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 6, 2016

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Astros news and notes from Spring Training.

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Astros News

LOOK: Seagulls swarm field, interrupt Astros-Pirates spring game - CBSSports.com
Sunday afternoon's Astros vs. Pirates game was temporarily interrupted by a swarm of seagulls.

Top Prospects Lead Astros Split Squad Past Pirates 11-8 - ABC News
Top Prospects Lead Astros Split Squad Past Pirates 11-8

Impressive spring starts create logjam of Astros 1B candidates - Houston Chronicle
The Astros' big boys made noise all at once Sunday in two different games, at last bringing intrigue to the team's most watched race of spring: first base.

Mechanics drive Marisnick's homer; Astros pick up two wins - Houston Chronicle
A dragging game that was taken over by flocks of seagulls in the late innings finished with the Astros' second win of the day Sunday afternoon, 11-8 over the Pirates.

Astros have case for best outfield in baseball - Houston Chronicle
Before the Astros stretched Saturday morning, George Springer walked out of the clubhouse in half his uniform: an undershirt tucked into unfastened pants.

Mets hand Astros first loss of spring - Houston Chronicle
Ken Giles' Astros debut included, technically, a blown save as well as the loss.

Astros' Brad Peacock, Scott Feldman pleased coming off injuries - Houston Chronicle
Scott Feldman's performance was better than Brad Peacock's on Sunday — a split-squad day for the Astros — but in the big picture, the club can be happy just knowing those two are healthy and pitching in games.

MLB News

Tommy John research could help Yankees pitching staff - SBNation.com
Sunday's Say Hey, Baseball includes injury risks for the Yankees rotation, the Mariners' new Ichiro Suzuki, and the Blue Jays' path to the World Series.

White Sox sign Austin Jackson - South Side Sox
The footnote to this morning's post just became very relevant.

Cubs players and coaches shave their heads to raise money for pediatric cancer research - SBNation.com
It's all to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

Cubs players and coaches shave their heads to raise money for pediatric cancer research - SBNation.com
It's all to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

Braves fan miraculously saves kid from getting hit with an flying bat - SBNation.com
What a close call!

Hank the dog is alive (and the Brewers have proof) - SBNation.com
"There is only one Hank, The Ballpark Pup."

Jacob deGrom is upset with his 2016 salary - SBNation.com
Saturday's Say Hey, Baseball includes Jacob deGrom's refusal to sign his 2016 contract, Jenrry Mejia's conspiracy theories, and Ruben Amaro's reflections on the Cole Hamels trade talks.