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Houston Astros News: April 1, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Saturday, April 1, 2017.

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It's not baseball but still cool...

Mississippi State and UConn gave us a Final Four finish we'll remember forever -
Morgan William’s buzzer-beater snapped UConn’s 111-game winning streak, but this was a classic before that shot ever went through the net.

Houston Astros News

Digital. That's the ticket for Astros - Houston Chronicle
For generations, faded photos and torn tickets personified nostalgia - memories, in the words of the melancholy '60s ballad, in bits and pieces.

Astros' Joe Musgrove breezes through spring training finale - Houston Chronicle
Joe Musgrove threw 58 pitches and four easy innings in the Astros' spring training finale against the Chicago Cubs at Minute Maid Park on Friday afternoon. The Cubs won 6-3.

Houston Astros 2017 preview | FOX Sports
Their World Series hopes rest on the rotation's shoulders

A.J. Hinch says Astros players eager to start season - Houston Chronicle
Manager A.J. Hinch settled in to the dugout before the Astros spring training finale on Friday against the Chicago Cubs at Minute Maid Park.

Former Astros scout Ruben Amaro Sr., dead at 81 - Houston Chronicle
Ruben Amaro Sr., 81, who scouted domestically and internationally for the Astros from 2010 to 2016, died in Miami on Friday.

MLB News

How close is baseball to possibly returning to Montreal? -
Saturday’s Say Hey, Baseball takes a look at the rumors swirling around MLB’s possible return to Montreal. Plus, more 2017 predictions and even some simulations!

Ranking the 15 Opening Day matchups around baseball -
Opening Day is when the aces come out from their ace caves. Which starting-pitcher matchup is the best?

Tampa Bay Rays field has new turf that doesn’t look like day-old guacamole -
Goodbye to the Breaking Bad-credits-lookin’ field.

Yadier Molina just got paid (and that’s OK) -
Friday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at Yadier Molina’s new contact extension, Mike Trout on being a superstar, and a candid interview with the Braves’ GM.