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Houston Astros News: March 17, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, March 17, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

2017 AL West PreviewThe Greyhound / Loyola University Maryland's Student-Run Publication |
After several years of the Astros being called the "team of the future," the future now appears to be in Houston. Their offense is among the most talented in baseball, and could finally propel them to their long-awaited World Series win.

Loaded Astros have few open roster spots |
HOUSTON -- Prior to the start of Spring Training, we took a shot at predicting the Astros' 25-man roster for Opening Day, which is now less than three weeks away. With no major injuries and the lack of position battles in camp, not much has changed. Houston manager A.J. Hinch did say last week he would like to carry 13 pitchers (and 12 position players) on his roster to start the season, which is bad news for guys like Tyler White, Tony Kemp, A.J. Reed, Teoscar Hernandez and Colin Moran, who are trying to make the team.

In the on-deck circle of life, Craig Biggio's son now a budding pro - Houston Chronicle
Cavan Biggio thinks his dad holds it together. He remembers him as his silent fan in the stands or staid coach in the dugout.

Astros Need to Roll with Joe Musgrove
You may remember an interesting swap of players took place in the summer of 2012 between the Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Bob Bruce, Astros' starting pitcher in first Astrodome official game, dies - Houston Chronicle
Bob Bruce, the man who was the starting pitcher in the last game at Houston's Colt Stadium and the first official official game at the Astrodome, died Wednesday at the age of 83.

MLB News

Grading each round of the Mariners vs. Athletics Twitter beef -
Two teams entered, both team left -- but one of them was clearly the winner.

David Ross will dance to 'Go Cubs Go' on 'Dancing with the Stars' -
Go, Ross, Go!

Manny Ramirez's new contract in Japan includes 'unlimited sushi' -
Best contract in sports?