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Houston Astros News: February 27, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, February 27, 2017.

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Evan Gattis, Max Stassi strong in Astros' win |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Freddie Freeman recorded two hits and his former Atlanta teammate Evan Gattis enjoyed his return to ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex on Sunday, as the Astros used Max Stassi's two-run homer in the eighth inning to claim a 3-2 win over the Braves.

Astros' Dallas Keuchel faces hitters for first time in spring - Houston Chronicle
Dallas Keuchel took the next step in his progression toward the regular season on Sunday morning when he pitched against hitters for the first time since August.

Astros' Brady Rodgers' spring debut yields mixed results - Houston Chronicle
Unless a rash of injuries beset the Astros, Brady Rodgers faces extremely remote odds at cracking the team's opening day rotation.

Astros' Nori Aoki ready to play for Japan, third WBC title - Houston Chronicle
Astros manager A.J. Hinch had planned for outfielder Nori Aoki to play at least seven innings if not the entirety of Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves.

Longtime Houston Astros executive Jamie Hildreth dies at 72
Longtime Houston Astros executive Jamie Hildreth has died at 72.

Carlos Correa comfortable in spring debut |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- After missing the first few days of camp because he had all four wisdom teeth removed, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa made his Grapefruit League debut Sunday against the Braves at ESPN Wild World of Sports, going 1-for-3 with a walk in the Astros' 3-2 win. "It was good," Correa said. "I felt comfortable, especially on the defensive side of it. I felt really comfortable reading balls off the bat and stuff like that. Offensively, I felt good. I saw the pitches really well. I have to clean up the strike zone a little bit, but other than that, I feel good."

Astros manager impressed with early results from Colin Moran - Houston Chronicle
At a training facility no more than 15 miles north of the Astros' new spring training complex, Colin Moran worked in the offseason to revamp his swing.

Astros senior VP Jamie Hildreth dies at 72 |
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Jamie Hildreth, a member of the Astros' front office for the last 30 years, died suddenly on Friday night in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 72 years old. Hildreth, who most recently served as the Astros' senior vice president of broadcasting and alumni relations, joined the club in 1987 as director of broadcasting. In his three decades with the team, Hildreth worked in sales, sponsorship and broadcasting.

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