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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 7th, 2019

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Astros News

Yesterday’s 11-5 win over the Marlins split squad featured a dominant 7-run 5th inning (Twitter)
There was also a strong start by Peacock, minus some errors, so how will it effect the bullpen if he joins the rotation? (The Athletic, $$$)
And here’s the man himself talking about his changeup and slider (MLB Video)
While we’re at it, let’s preview the whole of the pitching staff for 2019 (Lookout Landing)
In not-good news, Alex Bregman left yesterday’s game with some back soreness (Houston Chronicle)
And here’s Hinch giving an update on him after the game (MLB Video)
Even with Bregman’s early exit Spring Training has been somewhat quiet, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some noise going forward (Texas Sports Nation)
Verlander is nowhere near retirement, and is not ruling out a possible return to Houston next season (Sporting News)
While a Keuchel return could also be in the mix as the Astros and Phillies are reportedly in contact with the lefty (Bleacher Report)
Michael Brantley’s left handed bat is expected to be a strategic weapon in the lineup this season (Houston Chronicle)
Here are some issues that might need solving as the team moves through Spring Training (House of Houston)
AJ Hinch is a fan of Derek Fisher’s aggressiveness, which has been paying off (
The Astros have made their first cuts of Spring (Houston Chronicle)

Around the League

In today’s edition of “Really?” news, apparently the Angels contacted MLB over Bryce Harper’s Trout comments and accused him of tampering (Los Angeles Times)
But Harper don’t care (ESPN)
And, honestly, this might be good for MLB, so let’s not get too caught up in rules (Forbes)
Maybe we should instead focus more on why Harper’s stats are down (538 Sports)
Boston’s Steven Wright will sit out the first half of the season after being caught using PEDs (Yahoo Sports)
MLB is looking to change its All-Star selection process to more of an “Election Day” (Sports Illustrated)
Jose LeClerc will be a Ranger for the foreseeable future as he inks a 4-year deal with an option for two more (FanGraphs)
This group of girls won’t listen to your softball nonsense and are heading to Arlington to play in MLB Grit, a girls-only baseball tournament (San Francisco Chronicle)