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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 6, 2023

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MLB: MAR 01 Spring Training - Red Sox at Astros
Ryan Pressly

Houston Astros News

AL Notes: Astros, Kahnle, Abreu (

How Astros’ center-field battle is shaping up (

Houston Astros get final tuneup before World Baseball Classic (

Houston Astros Star Primed for Bounce-Back, Monster Season (

Could Houston Astros beat Dominican Republic’s WBC team? Comparing the World Series Champions roster against star-studded WBC favorites (

Non-Houston Astros AL West News

Las Vegas makes pitch to Athletics with ‘a better opportunity’ (

A’s option Luis Medina, Cal Stevenson to Triple A, reassign 14 others to minor league camp (

Julio Rodriguez, five other Mariners leave camp to start preparation for WBC (

MLB pitchers adjusting to quick pace of new pitch clock (

Angels roster projections 2.0: Who makes the Opening Day roster? (

Angels’ Reid Detmers makes crucial change that will fire up Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout (

The Maddux Brothers Want Their Pitchers to Laugh (

Injured Niners QB Brock Purdy Turns to Rangers for Help (

Non-AL West MLB News

Old-school Bumgarner likes pitch timer, new rules (

Every MLB Team’s Worst Contract Heading into 2023 Season (

30 prospects who have turned heads this spring (

White Sox’s Mike Clevinger avoids discipline as MLB closes probe into claims of domestic, child abuse (

As MLB cracks down on balks, rule change ‘poster boy’ Kevin Gausman taps new delivery

Sunday Notes: Alejandro Kirk Comps to Luis Arraez & Matt Strahm Compliments Tek (

Astros Birthdays

Thirteen-year MLB veteran Clint Barmes (44) played shortstop in 123 games for the 2011 Houston Astros. He hit .244/.312/.386 with a dozen home runs and 39 RBI.

Erik Bedard (44) has his birthday listed as March 6 on and as March 5 on Since I link with BBREF, I’ll go with them. Eleven-season vet Bedard was a lefty pitcher out of Canada who was 4-12 with a 4.59 ERA for the remarkable 2013 Astros (51-111). leading the team with 138 strikeouts. That team had 23 pitchers finish with at least one decision, and only one escaped with a winning record, the 1-0 mark of David Martínez.