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Houston Astros News

Astros hopeful Yulieski Gurriel ready to blossom, one year after fleeing Cuba
At 32, Cuban veteran Yuli Gurriel is ready for a major league opportunity after realizing he had to flee Cuba to receive it.

Jose Martinez hits 4th spring homer for Cards | MLB.com
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Alberto Rosario hit a go-ahead RBI single in a two-run seventh inning and Jose Martinez hit his fourth homer of the spring as the Cardinals rallied for a 12-6 win over the Astros on Monday night at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Martinez, who launched a two-run blast in the fourth inning, scored on Greg Garcia's inside-the-park homer in the eighth inning. Martinez and Garcia added RBI singles in a four-run ninth as they both finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Astros' Charlie Morton solid in 4-inning outing - Houston Chronicle
Veteran righthander Charlie Morton was solid in his Saturday start, surrendering two unearned runs in four innings in the Astros' 5-4 victory over the Washington Nationals. Morton, who signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Astros in November after having his 2016 season with the Philadelphia Phillies limited to four starts by a hamstring injury, allowed three hits and a walk while striking out seven. With a spring ERA of 1.38, Morton has solidifed his status as the Astros' No. 4 starter.

How Astros players are doing in the World Baseball Classic - Houston Chronicle
The Houston Astros are making an impact in the World Baseball Classic. With the WBC down to its final three teams, the Astros have players in key roles on all three squads.

Checking Out the Top Five Performers Thus Far in Houston Astros Spring Training - Houston - Scout
With a little under two weeks remaining until Opening Day, let's take a look at the top five performers during Spring Training for the Houston Astros.

MLB News

The United States might have built the best lineup in baseball history - SBNation.com
The World Baseball Classic roster features a gobsmacking collection of talent. And it still might not be enough.

USA must defeat the most successful WBC team to make the championship game - SBNation.com
Tuesday’s Say Hey, Baseball prepares you for USA vs. Japan, look at Puerto Rico’s victory, and a night for Javier Baez.

Puerto Rico vs. Netherlands final score, World Baseball Classic: Carlos Correa scores in 11th inning - SBNation.com
Puerto Rico is heading to the WBC championship game.

Wladimir Balentien gave us the best bat flip of the World Baseball Classic - SBNation.com
Was more of a bat-helicopter, really.

David Ross' 'Dancing With the Stars' debut was full of baseball and sassy butt bumps - SBNation.com
He did really well too!