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Houston Astros News: March 13, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, March 13, 2017.

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Craig Biggio visits new park, says current Astros core like 2000’s crew - Houston Chronicle
After hanging out in the dugout with Jeff Bagwell and the Astros on Saturday, Craig Biggio returned on Sunday to explore the Ballpark of Palm Beaches and laud the burgeoning crop of Astros stars.

Astronaut visits Evan Gattis, Astros |
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch holds a daily team meeting in the clubhouse where much of the attention is focused on team bonding. Players have been assigned to give reports on other random players, and Hinch has forced some to team up and do something away from the facility. Hinch occasionally brings in guest speakers, and astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock talked to the club on Sunday morning. Wheelock befriended catcher Evan Gattis through Twitter, and Hinch asked Gattis if the astronaut would be willing to speak to the Astros.

Astros' A.J. Hinch unhappy about Alex Bregman's playing time with Team USA - Houston Chronicle
Alex Bregman got his first at-bat of the World Baseball Classic in Team USA's 8-0 victory over Canada on Sunday to advance to the second round. With the game out of reach in the eighth inning, Bregman pinch hit for Nolan Arenado and struck out.

Carlos Beltran, Carlos Correa bridging generation gap as Houston Astros teammates
Grandpa Carlos? Beltran has too much swagger for a moniker like that. But baseball's ageless wonder is spending his final years teaching Houston's next superstar the finer points of the game.

Carlos Correa cranks homer at World Baseball Classic - Houston Chronicle
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa cranked a solo blast in Puerto Rico's 11-0 victory over Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic Pool D Game 2 on Friday night at Estadio de Béisbol Charros de Jalisco in Zapopan, Mexico.

Lance Berkman, Andy Pettitte teammates again |
There's something about the passion of playing baseball. Once you start, it gets in your blood and never leaves. Former Major Leaguers Lance Berkman and Andy Pettitte know that and are fueling that passion for the student-athletes of Second Baptist High School in Houston.

Astros' Jeff Luhnow on analytics, career path |
Unlike many general managers, Houston's Jeff Luhnow hasn't been a baseball lifer.

MLB News

Venezuela vs Italy, 2017 World Baseball Classic live stream: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch online -
Venezuela and Italy will collide in a tiebreaker match where the winner will join Puerto Rico in the second round.

World Baseball Classic 2017 scores: Nolan Arenado homers, Team USA advances to 2nd round -
The United States beat Canada on Sunday night to advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic.

Salvador Perez out for rest of World Baseball Classic after home plate collision -
Royals catcher Salvador Perez suffered left knee inflammation in Venezuela’s win on Saturday at the World Baseball Classic.

The win-now and win-later windows of the 2017 baseball season -
Which teams are built to win now? Which teams are built to win later? Who are the desperate, flailing teams caught in the middle?

Canada and Mexico now need to qualify for the 2021 World Baseball Classic -
Monday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at a tough weekend for USA’s neighbors, the ruthless Rob Manfred, and the high cost of the heater.