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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 26th, 2019

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Astros News

Though they made it interesting in the 9th, the Astros ultimately came away with a tie in yesterday’s game (Amazin’ Avenue)
Though the game was worth watching if only for the innings by both Verlander and Whitley (
And you can watch some of Whitley’s lights-out performance here (Twitter)
The game was also a chance for Chirinos and Whitley to continue developing a rapport (Houston Chronicle)
Myles Straw has a solid chance to make the team out of Spring Training this season (House of Houston)
And here he is talking about his highlight-worthy catch against Tim Tebow (Houston Chronicle)
The Astros are definitely in a good position to take the West again this year (Texas Sports Nation)
And a big step towards that goal could be Jake Marisnick finally having his breakout season (House of Houston)
But either way you can look forward to these sweet Game of Thrones bobbleheads this year (KHOU 11)
Though the team might have already won with its gloriously belligerent tagline for 2019 (The Runner Sports)

Around the League

I agree with Kris Bryant that it is past time to have a hard look at the shady practice of service time manipulation (The Athletic, $$$)
It looks like Aaron Hicks will be in pinstripes for quite a while as the Yankees have signed him to a 7-year extension (
Andy Pettite will also be working with the Yankees this season, but in the front office (MLB Trade Rumors)
Keuchel isn’t panicking over his lack of a contract to start the year (Sporting News)
Baseball’s resident cranky old man Jon Lester is not surprising anyone with his take on pitch clocks (NBC Sports Chicago)
Excessive relievers may be ruining the game, but there’s a plan to fix the issue (538 Sports)
Let’s have a look at the current state of Dustin Fowler’s lawsuit against the White Sox (FanGraphs)
MLB asked the Nevada Gaming Commission not to bet on Spring Training games, which they politely declined (ESPN)
There’s something special about the first glove you buy for a child (La Vida Baseball)