We’ll add one special Monday morning tweet from the Astros at the end of our normal Tag’s Tweets segment...hope you enjoy it!
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Story and video: Mayfield making most of first big league camp— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 3, 2018
Astros notebook:— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 3, 2018
▪️Hinch encouraging P/C familiarity
▪️Gose struggles in first outing
▪️ Astros on AL island on S. Fla.
Former Astros manager, coach and player Phil Garner will be in camp beginning Monday as a guest instructor. He was supposed to come last year, but had a death in the family.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 4, 2018
Rich Dauer, former Astros 1B coach who nearly died in the offseason, will be in Astros camp March 9-11 and then travel with the club to the White House on March 12.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 4, 2018
Also, Joe Musgrove (Pirates) and Luke Gregerson (Cardinals) will travel with the Astros to the White House.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 4, 2018
Keuchel makes his first start tomorrow against the Marlins https://t.co/zjYjOYfhDo— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 4, 2018
Jose Altuve hits his first HR of the spring, an opposite-field shot to RF he got up in the wind, which helped it out.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 4, 2018
Astros president Reid Ryan and Hall of Fame 2B Craig Biggio will be parading the Commissioner's Trophy during grand entry at today's Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo performance.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 4, 2018
Brad Peacock aiming to work on changeup more this spring pic.twitter.com/2VdsMrJSoA— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 4, 2018
Tony Sipp with another scoreless innings, pitching around a double.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 4, 2018
Hall of Famer Craig Biggio and Astros president Reid Ryan getting ready to ride in rodeo grand entry parade with trophy. pic.twitter.com/id06FAZXTK— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 4, 2018
Astros manager A.J. Hinch on playing his regulars, Brad Peacock's game and Reymin Guduan getting three strikeouts in 4-1 win over Cards. pic.twitter.com/1Kt5HE8R93— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 4, 2018
Here’s a bonus tweet, from Yulieski Gurriel, that Tags did at least retweet:
And just for kicks, here is a tweet from the Astros showing Craig Biggio and Reid Ryan, in full rodeo regalia, accompanying the World Series Trophy this weekend at NRG Stadium in Houston:
Following Houston’s historical World Series victory last fall, the Astros scattered across the United States as champions. Yuli Gurriel went home to Miami a villain.
Club’s top hitting prospect has 3 HRs this spring, still has work to do in Minors
Teammates testify to difficulty of hitting low-throwing righthander
All-Star reliever allowed 12 stolen bases from the mound in 2017
James Yasko (better known to Twitter denizens as Astros County) makes his debut at The Athletic by taking a look at World Series Hangovers, by the numbers, and how they might portend Houston’s fate this year. Paywall site, but (as always) I highly recommend you take the plunge and subscribe.
The young righty looks to figure more prominently as a starter long-term, and the development of his change up is key.
Eleanor, you lookin’ so fiiiiine.
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