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Houston Astros News: March 15, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

Jeff Bagwell aiding Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel's transition to first
Switching to first base isn't easy for Houston's Yuli Gurriel, but Jeff Bagwell, who made the move from third base on his way to the Hall of Fame, is trying to help during spring training.

Astros' Andrew Aplin: Optioned to minor league camp - CBSSports.com
Astros' Andrew Aplin: Optioned to minor league camp

Astros Spring Notes: Young Players Continue to Impress
The Astros projected Opening Day roster doesn't have much room for up-and-coming players from the minor leagues this year.

Astros' Lance McCullers pitches better than stat line suggests Tuesday - Houston Chronicle
Astros power pitcher Lance McCullers looked sharp for the most part in a mixed outing against the New York Mets on Tuesday.

Bat-flip by Rangers’ Odor in WBC miffs Astros’ Bregman | The Star-Telegram
Rougned Odor thought he had hit a homer Monday night for Venezuela but had to settle for a single, and Houston’s young star, Alex Bregman, took his dismay to Twitter.

Astros' Alex Bregman slams Rangers' Rougned Odor for WBC bat flip - Houston Chronicle
The Astros-Rangers rivalry is starting a little early this season.

MLB News

Here’s what’s wrong with the World Baseball Classic, and here’s what can be done to fix it. - SBNation.com
The WBC is meaningful baseball in March, and it’s fantastic. There are some problems, though.

Israel's World Baseball Classic dream ends while Japan advances - SBNation.com
Wednesday’s World Baseball Classic includes the end of the line for Team Israel, Puerto Rico getting a leg up on their pool, and a Javier Baez special.

World Baseball Classic 2017 scores: Puerto Rico upsets the Dominican Republic - SBNation.com
Second-round play kept moving on Tuesday.

WBC 2017 live stream: Times, TV schedule, and how to watch Wednesday's baseball online - SBNation.com
The World Baseball Classic continues on Wednesday and the United States will be in a pivotal matchup with Venezuela.