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Houston Astros News: March 7, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

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Astros' Dallas Keuchel nears first spring start - Houston Chronicle
The next step for Dallas Keuchel should be to make his Grapefruit League debut.

Red Sox, Astros tie in Chris Sale's debut |
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) in two innings in his Grapefruit League debut, and Sam Travis blasted a three-run homer in a 5-5 tie between Boston and Houston on Monday afternoon at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Sale gave up an unearned run in the first inning when Travis dropped a popup off the bat of George Springer that swirled in the wind, with Springer eventually scoring. Springer's RBI single in the second made it 2-0 against Sale, who threw 26 of his 37 pitches for strikes.

Astros' Alex Bregman heads to World Baseball Classic - Houston Chronicle
At 22 years old, Alex Bregman is the youngest member of Team USA and also its player with the least major league service time.

Astros in Fantasy: Ranking draft-worthy position players
With the 2017 season nearly upon us, the fantasy baseball world gears up for another exciting year. After deepening their lineup in the offseason, the Astros may have more fantasy-relevant players this season than they have had in quite some time.

Astros' Mike Fiers faces Giancarlo Stanton for first time since '14 beaning - Houston Chronicle
Astros righthander Mike Fiers' matchup with Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning Sunday carried more significance than your typical Grapefruit League at-bat.

MLB News

Israel’s surprise World Baseball Classic wins have Korea in trouble -
Tuesday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes the latest from the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Dodgers’ injuries, and a groundbreaking baseball executive.

World Baseball Classic 2017 schedule: Start times, TV coverage, and live stream info -
The World Baseball Classic resumes with three games on Tuesday from two different cities (Seoul and Tokyo), highlighted by Japan vs. Cuba from the Tokyo Dome.

Mariners players hire personal mariachi band to follow Leonys Martin all day on his birthday -
The Mariners are having too much fun at spring training.

Nagging injuries starting to mount for Dodgers - True Blue LA
Some injury updates from Dodgers camp on Monday, including Andre Ethier, Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez, and even Henry Ramos.