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Saturday Space City Scoop: March 18, 2023

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MLB: Spring Training-Washington Nationals at Houston Astros
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Hello and welcome to the weekend. Here’s your Saturday Scoop!

Houston Astros News

3 Astros contracts We Were Happy to See End, And 2 We’re Still Eager to See Expire (climbingtalshill.com)

Nationals’ Darren Baker hits clutch grand slam in win over his father Dusty’s Astros: ‘Dinner on me tonight pops’ (sg.news.yahoo.com)

Will these Astros prospects impact Houston’s World Series defense? (chron.com)

Key Astros return from WBC, eager to compete in it again despite injury risk (houstonchronicle.com)

Astros World Series MVP Jeremy Peña dismisses WBC criticism after Edwin Diaz injury (yardbarker.com)

Hunter Brown Set To Play Bigger Role For Houston Astros in 2023 (justbaseball.com)

AL West News

Angels Avenge the Irish by Destroying the Royals 12-1 (crashingthepearlygates.com)

Elephant Rumblings: Four A’s are out of options (athleticsnation.com)

Mariners and Giants celebrate Father’s Day early with gift of a tie (lookoutlanding.com)

2022 in review: Ezequiel Duran (lonestarball.com)

Several Angels prospects among next group of roster cuts (halohangout.com)

Trevor May strikes out the side (mlb.com)

Seattle Mariners fans excited as scouts predict that catcher Cal Raleigh will have breakout season in 2023: “The secret is out” “Big Dumper for life”(sportskeeda.com)

John Smoltz on why facing Rangers’ Jacob deGrom is ‘not even close to fair’ for hitters (dallasnews.com)

MLB News

Domínguez reassigned, but Yankees say ‘it’s get after it time’ (mlb.com)

2023 MLB season: Five non-playoff teams who could make leap, including Carlos Correa and the Twins (cbssports.com)

Top prospect’s blast powered by ... hard-boiled egg? (mlb.com)

How Zoom will help MLB umpires make replay calls in 2023 season (foxnews.com)

Díaz likely out for season after knee surgery (mlb.com)

Mexico’s comeback thriller over P.R. sets up date with Japan in semifinals (mlb.com)

Astros Birthdays

Eleven-season major league veteran Raúl Chávez (50) appeared in 136 games from 2000 through 2005. He hit .212/.255/.296 with four homers and 38 RBI while serving as Houston’s number two or three catcher.

Seven-year vet Brian Fisher (61) was a right-handed pitcher who appeared in four games for the Astros in 1990. He pitched five innings and allowed four earned runs on nine hits.

After playing his first six major league seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, outfielder Trey Mancini (31) hit .176/.258/.364 with eight homers and 22 RBI in 51 games with the Astros in 2022.