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Astros Crawfish Boil: April 3, 2017

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Houston Astros News

It's the opening act for Astros ace Dallas Keuchel

Lefthander says it's business as usual, but no cog more vital in '17

Astros' core four ranks with best in the majors

In Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer and Alex Bregman, the Astros have a core four to reckon with this season and in years to come

Mariners, Astros set out on season of promise

The Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros have much in common as they get set to play each other on Opening Day for a 2017 season that both clubs hope will end in October glory.

5 Statcast storylines for '17 Astros

As the 2017 season begins, so does the third season of Statcast™, the state-of-the-art technology that has tracked every play in every Major League ballpark since Opening Day 2015. And with two full seasons of data now collected, plus advances in applying that data, Statcast™ is better than ever.

Around the MLB

We have our first full slate of baseball today

Sunday served as a great appetizer for baseball fans around the world. After a long offseason that was, admittedly, made better by an exciting World Baseball Classic last month, baseball was finally back. Six teams competed in three games scattered across the day. It was a nice taste of that sweet, sweet baseball we've been craving. Now, we get to dive back into the onslaught of baseball around the league that we will soon be used to but (hopefully) never take for granted.

Here's The 2017 Opening Day Payrolls For All 30 MLB Teams, Total Tops $4 Billion

With the 2017 Major League Baseball season getting underway with three games on Sunday, clubs turned in their 25-man rosters, and with it, their Opening Day payrolls.

MLB Opening Day: Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg take mound for season’s start

The full-fledged opening of the baseball season evokes a similar excitement to the start of a long-distance race, where the competitors know they’re in for an endurance test but still can’t wait to get going.

Grichuk's big night gives Cards 1st '17 win

The Cubs returned to the field as defending World Series champions on Sunday, only to find their rivals waiting with an early statement.