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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 8, 2023

The WBC begins and Spring Training continues.

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Houston Astros News

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Non-Houston Astros AL West News

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Spring training update: Adrian Morejon labors in Padres’ loss to Angels (

Non-AL West MLB News

Report: Houston Astros fan favorite Yuli Gurriel in talks with NL team (

Yankees using playoff loss to Astros as motivational fuel (

Rodgers Out, Moustakas In as Rockies Are Forced to Rearrange the Infield (

A Definitive List of League Losers – The Hitters (

Giants’ Davis has 3 goals for himself in ‘23 (

MLB shift limits raising batter spirits and averages so far (

MLB Insider ‘Basically Heard’ Oswald Peraza Will be Yankees Opening Day Shortstop (

Non-MLB Baseball News

Samurai Japan’s WBC Squad Brings the Best of NPB (and MLB) (

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2023 World Baseball Classic: Five bold predictions, including early Team USA exit and Matt Harvey comeback

Netherlands open the WBC with 4-2 win over Cuba. (gameday)

Astros Birthdays

Right-handed relief pitcher Jim Dougherty (55) pitched 80 23 innings for the Houston Astros in 1995 and 1996. He was 8-6 with a 5.58 ERA, 55 strikeouts, and a 1.562 WHIP.

Fellow right-handed reliever Joshua James (30) pitched 106 23 innings for the Astros between 2018 and 2021. Of particular note was his 13.3 K/9. He also put up a 1.322 WHIP, going 8-1 with a 4.64 ERA. He’s currently a free agent.