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Houston Astros News: February 21, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

Astros' Jake Marisnick puts in work on his swing - Houston Chronicle
Gone are the days when Jake Marisnick will get the chance to sink or swim as an everyday player in the Astros' lineup.

Astros looking for Bregman to take next step in 2017
Alex Bregman doesn't regret the difficult start to his major league career, when he went hitless in his first five games with the Houston Astros last July. Bregman said the turnaround began when manager A.J. Hinch sat him down in the dugout before the last game of a three-game series in Detroit

Collin McHugh intent on starting better for Astros this year - Houston Chronicle
The most pressing questions surrounding the 2017 Astros regard whether former Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel can return to his 2014-15 form and whether the electric Lance McCullers can stay on the mound for a full season.

Astros hope Yuli Gurriel can bring stability to first base - Houston Chronicle

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Since Lance Berkman last donned an Astros uniform in July 2010, the only constant regarding the team's first-base position has been its perpetual state of flux.

MLB News

Will 2017 be a year of redemption for Shelby Miller? -
Tuesday’s Say Hey, Baseball takes a look at Shelby Miller’s attempt to make the infamous trade seem less lopsided. Plus, Geovany Soto meets Giovanni Soto on the field.

A spiked bat probably isn’t the best prop for baseball players -
Monday’s Say Hey, Baseball features a bad marketing tie-in idea, a very grateful Sean Rodriguez, and a supremely relaxed David Ortiz.

Yankees president Randy Levine antagonizes Dellin Betances and agent, for some reason -
Sunday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes Randy Levine making inexplicable comments about Dellin Betances, the Pirates’ boring offseason, and Mike Trout’s goal for 2017.

Cardinals' Dexter Fowler expresses disappointment over Trump's travel ban -
His family has been affected by the executive order.