Welcome to the Thursday Boil!
For the first time in 2023’s version of Spring Training, Astros faithful get to go a-Frambering. Framber Valdez will take the hill for Houston to oppose the hosting St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.
Houston Astros News
Astros Justin Dirden Continues to Turn Heads With Strong Spring (houstonchronicle.com)
Other AL West News
Mariners’ Servais: How depth beyond MLB roster is shining for Seattle (sports.mynorthwest.com)
Huff leaves game with shoulder tightness (lonestarball.com)
Non-AL West MLB News
MLB lobbies to exempt minor leaguers from Florida wage law (theathletic.com)
MLB sets up local media group, could broadcast 17 teams (abcnews.go.com)
Houston Astros Birthdays
Bud Norris (38) was initially a sixth round pick of Houston in 2006. A right-handed starting pitcher, Norris spent the first four-and-a-half seasons of his eventual 10-season MLB career with the Astros. In 119 games with the club, he was 34-46 with a 4.33 ERA, 643 strikeouts in 689 2⁄3 innings, and a 1.404 WHIP.