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Houston Astros News: February 24, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, February 24, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

Astros' Tony Kemp taking most of his reps at second base - Houston Chronicle
With the outfield much more crowded than last season, the Astros have the versatile Tony Kemp taking most of his repetitions at second base this spring.

Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel shows off new lock screen
Fan shows off new lock screen of pitcher Dallas Keuchel, and the Astros' ace responds with a sweet lock screen of his own.

84-year old MLB catcher visits Astros camp - Houston Chronicle
J.W. Porter once had a major hand in Bob Gibson's first Major League win. He also hit a pinch-hit home run as a substitute for Roger Maris.

Takeaways from Astros spring training: Week 1 - Houston Chronicle
The 59 players in Astros spring training will work out Friday for the last time before Grapefruit League games begin on Saturday. Pitchers are early in the process of building up their arms for the long season and hitters are busy ironing out their swings as they ready for competition.

The Closer Role and How the Houston Astros Should Handle It - Houston - Scout

The Houston Astros have a lot of good weapons in the bullpen, so how should A.J. Hinch use them?

MLB News

Spring training schedule 2017: Real, live MLB baseball games start Friday -
The spring training schedule officially starts on Friday, with five major league games on the schedule, including four in the Grapefruit League in Florida and one Cactus League game in Arizona.

‘Homer at the Bat’ will have its day at the Hall of Fame -
Friday’s Say Hey, Baseball features a celebration of one of the finest Simpsons episodes, umpires touching Phillies history, and an ex-NFL player in the MLB.

Ranking what we’ll miss the most about intentional walks -
It’s not all about intentional walks gone awry, you know. There are other, simpler things to miss.