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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 21st, 2019

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Astros News

Brady Rodgers kicks it all off this year as he’s named the opener for the first exhibition game (Houston Chronicle)
Which is this Saturday at 5:35, and you can review the full schedule of games here (Astros.com)
And you’ll be able top catch 10 of those games at AT&T Sports Southwest (Houston Chronicle)
Crane is willing to explore an extension for either JV or Cole, and I’m willing to let him (Astros.com)
He’s also not opposed to the possibility of a reunion with Marwin or Keuchel (Texas Sports Nation)
It’s good to see the players getting back into the spirit as Bregman and Marisnick crashed Yuli’s photoshoot (ABC 13)
Introducing the Astros’ under-the-radar French-Canadian-Venezuelan prospect Abraham Toro (The Athletic, $$$)
Garrett Stubbs has the ambition and the diet to be the Astros’ next MLB level catcher (Houston Chronicle)
Meet the baseball lifer who discovered both Carlos Correa and Kike Hernandez (La Vida Baseball)
Speaking of Correa, it will be interesting to see how he performs against the breaking ball this season (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
The Astros are holding a lottery for fans who want the first crack at tickets in 2019 (ABC 13)

Around the League

The first exhibition game of Spring gets underway this afternoon as the A’s and Mariners will meet in Mesa, AZ (MLB.com)
Boston was able to win it all in 2018 thanks to a perfect storm of talent, but can they do the same in 2019? (538 Sports)
The Free Agency market is running just as smooth as it should be, if not a little slow (Forbes)
As Machado’s deal proves, but there are doubts that Harper could get the same (FanGraphs)
Speaking of Machado, it seems that his signing may have caught some Padres’ people off guard (Sports Illustrated)
And maybe some were a little too excited (USA Today)
But it certainly doesn’t solve all the Padres’ problems (Fancred Sports)
In small potatoes news, Josh Harrison has signed with the Tigers on a one-year deal (MLB Trade Rumors)
Old friend Jed Lowrie will undergo an MRI on his knee to start Spring Training, which is never good (Yahoo Sports)
Japanese officials are debating he possibility of capping pitch limits for high school players (ESPN)
This college player is the embodiment of the phrase “Sacrifice the body” (CUT4)