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Houston Astros News: March 9, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, March 9, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

All the promotional giveaways at Astros games this season - Houston Chronicle
The Astros' promotional schedule this year includes five bobblehead giveaways and one gnome.

Astros' Tony Sipp struggles against Mets - Houston Chronicle
The Astros are relying on Tony Sipp to recapture the splitter that made him so effective in 2015.

Houston Astros: Should They Be Worried About Brian McCann?
The Houston Astros veteran catcher Brian McCann has not gotten up to his usual speed with the bat. Is this cause for worry by the team or the fans?

Tyler White hopes to make Astros' bench |
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The biggest feel-good story emerging from Astros camp last year came when infielder Tyler White made the Opening Day roster. The good vibes continued into the regular season, when White became the first rookie position player in American League history to earn the Player of the Week for the first week. As far as highlights go, that was about it for White, who was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on June 17 and bounced between the Minors and Houston the rest of the summer. White found some success in September, hitting .263 with five RBIs, and he went .462 (6-for-13) for the season as a pinch-hitter.

Takeaways from week 3 of Astros spring training - Houston Chronicle
The major league side of the Astros' spring training complex thinned out some this week but not because players were cut. (Though cuts are coming.)

MLB News

Israel continues to surprise in the WBC -
Thursday morning’s Say Hey, Baseball includes Israel's surprising run to the second round, Loek Van Mil, and the competitive nature of the AL East.

World Baseball Classic 2017 scores: Israel beats Netherlands 4-2 to win Pool A -
The magical run for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic, picking up their third win in as many games with a victory over Netherlands on Wednesday night to win Pool A, on their way to the second round.

Loek Van Mil is a 7’1 pitcher and the story of baseball -
The Dutchman is notable for his height, but he’s also a great way to explain how baseball really works.

I regret to inform you that Tim Tebow played a very bad baseball game -
It is me, a professional baseball writer, writing about Tim Tebow for page views.

World Baseball Classic 2017 live stream: Game times, TV schedule, and how to watch online -
Five games are scheduled in the World Baseball Classic on Thursday, with games from all four pools on the docket, including the first game for defending champion Dominican Republic.