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Houston Astros News: March 16, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, March 16, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

Jeff Bagwell finishes at Astros camp, Craig Biggio begins - Houston Chronicle
Hall of Famer to-be Jeff Bagwell finishes his five-day stint as a special instructor at Ballpark of Palm Beaches on Wednesday, according to manager A.J. Hinch.

Crystal Ball: Alex Bregman, Houston Astros - Minor League Ball
Here is one possible future for the Houston Astros infielder.

Astros' Joe Musgrove pitches 4 innings in win |
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- To hear right-hander Joe Musgrove tell it, his four innings of work against the Nationals on Wednesday in an 8-2 victory didn't particularly do anything to enhance his chances to make the Astros' starting rotation. "Today kind of seemed like a stalemate," said Musgrove, who allowed two runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out two in his 71-pitch outing (41 strikes). "I didn't have my normal location with my four-seam and my slider, which is kind of my bread and butter, my ability to use those two pitches to get ahead of guys. I really didn't have that today. I got behind too many hitters."

Astros' No. 5 starter still unknown after Joe Musgrove's outing - Houston Chronicle
In a spring when the Astros have positions taken by veterans and young stars, a bullpen of the same pitchers that led the majors last year in WAR and a starting rotation nearly set, the No. 5 starter has been the most prominent opening.

Brian McCann, Jon Kemmer lead Astros vs. Nats |
Jon Kemmer belted a three-run homer and Brian McCann added a solo blast to lead the Astros to an 8-2 win over the Nationals on Wednesday at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

MLB News

Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic showdown is a must-win for both teams -
Thursday’s Say Hey, Baseball features two 0-1 teams facing off, Adrian Gonzalez complaining, and figuring out who the second-best starter in MLB is.

Javier Baez celebrated during a no-look tag in the World Baseball Classic -
What a power move.

Israel baseball’s Mensch mascot is the best mascot in sports -
"And He shall reign forever and ever ... and that’s why the ballgame was cancelled."

Seattle Mariners are looking for the bat flip successor -
Here are their top contenders.