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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 15, 2023

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Houston Astros News

Houston Astros Given Incredible Odds to Win AL West in 2023 (

Framber Valdez, Astros haven’t talked extension yet, agent says ($$)

Houston Astros fans react to lack of contact between team and pitcher Framber Valdez, countering rumor of sides nearing deal: “Get it done Astros” (

Alex Cora shrugs off new book on Astros 2017 cheating scandal (

An inside look at how the new rules will work (

AL West News

New rule change should disappoint Angels fans (halo hangout)

Both Marlins and A’s Win in Exchange of Former Top-10 Picks (

Why the Mariners might be better in 2023, and why they might not be (

Greg Maddux, Bochy bring accolades and wisdom to Rangers camp (

Other MLB News

New MLB bases ‘look like a pizza box,’ Alex Cora says (

MLB’s renewed focus on balks and illegal pitches may affect quirkiest deliveries ($$)

MLB.TV returns for ‘23 with a big new feature (
This isn’t a “big new feature,” it’s a game-changer.

The 50 most interesting people in baseball (

Why MLB’s extra-innings runner-on-second rule is better for baseball — and its fans — than marathon games (