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Houston Astros News: February 28, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

Houston Astros 2017 season preview: Making the jump to World Series contender -
The Astros imported several veterans this offseason to supplement their young core

Astros, Nationals to open new ballpark Tuesday - Houston Chronicle
Fifteen months after the Astros and Nationals broke ground here on the site of a former landfill, the teams are set to play the first game at the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Tuesday afternoon.

Collin McHugh behind other Astros in throwing program - Houston Chronicle
Collin McHugh, the Astros' presumed No. 3 starter, is behind in his throwing program compared to the rest of the team's pitchers after coming into spring training experiencing arm soreness.

Astros Reid Brignac becoming switch-hitter |
In an effort to help him stay on the field longer, Astros infielder Reid Brignac has started taking up switch-hitting. Brignac, who's hit left-handed his entire career, has been batting right-handed against left-handed pitchers early in spring.

MLB News

A stickier baseball could have unintended consequences -
Tuesday’s Say Hey, Baseball features a stickier baseball, a flooded ballpark, and massive public screw-ups.

The Royals may wait until the offseason to deal with their free agents. -
Monday morning’s Say Hey, Baseball includes the Royals new strategy for their free agents, Jackie Bradley’s career path, and Tyler Glasnow’s new repertoire.