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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, March 6, 2017.

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Astros' Collin McHugh to pitch off mound Monday - Houston Chronicle
he first true gauge of Collin McHugh's readiness for the season will come Monday morning when he pitches off a mound in a bullpen session for the first time this spring.

Astros' Correa willing to play third base in WBC - Houston Chronicle
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa said he's told Team Puerto Rico he's willing to play third base in the World Baseball Classic, a means of getting both him and Francisco Lindor in the same lineup.

Astros anticipating World Baseball Classic | MLB.com
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Mets at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches marked the final appearance in Grapefruit League play for pitchers Luke Gregerson and Kevin Chapman and outfielder Carlos Beltran before heading to the World Baseball Classic. Gregerson, who threw a scoreless inning on Saturday, will be representing the United States in the Classic for a second time. He'll leave Monday and make the short drive to Miami to being workouts Tuesday and Wednesday in advance of games starting early next week.

Astros' Lance McCullers to make spring debut on Thursday - Houston Chronicle
Lance McCullers will make his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter.

Mets win with doubles, Jacob deGrom's debut | MLB.com
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Mets starter Jacob deGrom breezed through two innings in his Grapefruit League debut Saturday afternoon, retiring all six Astros batters he faced while striking out three in a 3-1 win at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. deGrom, who did not pitch after Sept. 1 this past season and had surgery to reposition the ulnar nerve in his right elbow on Sept. 21, threw 19 of his 26 pitches for strikes and was hitting the mid-90s with his fastball. P.J. Conlon followed with two scoreless innings.

MLB News

The 2017 World Baseball Classic has begun - SBNation.com
Monday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes the start of the WBC, the Rangers’ luck, and the coming end for David Wright.

WBC 2017 schedule: Game times, TV coverage, and how to watch Monday online - SBNation.com
2 games are scheduled to open the 2017 World Baseball Classic on Monday, with Israel facing Korea in the opening contest from Seoul.

World Baseball Classic 2017: Schedule, scores, highlights, and more - SBNation.com
Every score and result from the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the 16-team international tournament with several of the best baseball players on the planet involved.

Will 2017 really end up being the year for the Houston Astros? - SBNation.com
Sunday’s Say Hey, Baseball takes a look back at 2014 to see if 2017 could be the year that the Houston Astros finally win it all. Plus, Kris Bryant delivers a grand salami.

There might be actual progress on pace of play - SBNation.com
Saturday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes an actual good suggestion about pace-of-play, great news about David Price, and the Mariners’ team building exercises.