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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 13th, 2019

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Astros News

Verlander’s start yesterday was not the best as he never really seemed to find a rhythm on the mound (Astros.com)
But that doesn’t change the fact that he’s as dominant as ever, partially thanks to a newly improved changeup (Sports Illustrated)
Francis Martes was pinged for using PEDs and will serve an 80-game suspension (ESPN)
Part of the reason Chirinos signed with the Astros was the friendship he formed with Brent Strom in Japan (FOX Sports)
After an abundance of caution with Altuve’s “left side soreness,” he’ll begin to resume baseball activities (CBS Sports)
The Astros have made their latest round of Spring Training cuts, sending Kyle Tucker and Forrest Whitley down to the minors (Houston Chronicle)
For Kyle Tucker, he’ll get a chance to work on his “subtleties” before the season starts (Houston Chronicle)
Even with the loss of 3/5 of their rotation, the Astros have an embarrassment of riches at the pitcher position (The Ringer)
They also aren’t too bad at basketball players in their clubhouse (Texas Sports Nation)

Around the League

Charlie Morton is ready to ride off into the sunset after his current 2-year deal with the Rays ends (MLB Trade Rumors)
Daniel Mengden’s mustaches will ride off to AAA as he was cut from the big league camp this week (San Francisco Chronicle)
Last year’s ROY Shohei Ohtani will receive just a modest raise this year (ESPN)
The proposed rules changes to baseball feel like a solution in search of a problem (Kansas City Star)
Newly minted Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly injured himself while trying to cook crawfish for his new teammates (The Takeout)
Ken Griffey Jr. and Ricky Henderson will be a part of the festivities as MLB opens the 2019 season in Japan (CUT4)
As Spring Training continues, players are still mindful of the crisis in Venezuela (La Vida Baseball)