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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 8th, 2019

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Astros News

Justin Verlander faced a challenge for the first time this Spring during the 4th inning of yesterday’s game (Houston Chronicle)
And he would talk about his outing after the game (MLB Video)
He would also talk about the need for the remaining free agents to find teams (Houston Chronicle)
And then he let his views known on Vernon Wells talking smack about pitchers (CUT4)
McTaggart opened up his mailbag yesterday, starting with a question on Jake the Rake (
Turns out Keuchel and the Astros have been talking and he has turned down at least a couple of short term deals (MLB Trade Rumors)
Altuve was a late scratch yesterday after experiencing general left side soreness (Houston Chronicle)
The Astros are testing out Brantley and Reddick’s versatility ahead of the 2019 season (Texas Sports Nation)
Let’s keep up the Lookout Landing preview parade with an eye on the Astros’ prospects and 2021 outlook (Lookout Landing)
And while we’re previewing, let’s have a look at Osuna’s 2019 fantasy impact (NBC Sports)
The Astros have revealed all the freebies coming in the 2019 season (ABC 13)

Around the League

It’s a sad day for baseball legends as Hall of Famer Tom Seaver has been diagnosed with dementia (ESPN)
Let’s rank the top divisions in all of baseball (The Athletic, $$$)
Boston’s depth is going to be tested as they lose Steven Wright to a PED suspension (FanGraphs)
Manipulation of service time is starting to get ridiculous and the time has come to address it (The Ringer)
A new player transfer agreement will open the door a little wider for Mexican players to enter the American league (La Vida Baseball)
Baseball is changing its lineup rules in order to combat gambling (Fortune)
This is probably the best sandcastle you could make (CUT4)