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Team W L Pct GB RS RA Diff Home Road East Cent West L10 Streak
x-Anaheim9864.605-77363014352-2946-3519-1424-943-333-7L 3
y-Oakland (E)8874.5431072957215748-3340-4120-1217-1738-385-5W 1
Seattle (E)8775.537116345548041-4046-3518-1519-1441-355-5W 4
Houston (E)7092.43228629723-9438-4332-4916-1814-1835-413-7L 2
Arlington (E)6795.41431637773-13633-4834-4710-2314-1933-437-3L 1

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2010 - Brad Mills' managerial debut is a 15-5 Astros victory over a split squad of Washington Nationals. Hunter Pence gives the new skipper a happy send-off with two homers in the fourth inning during a nine-run frame which turned the momentum.
1978 - Rodrigo Rosario is born in La Romana, DR. The slender Dominican righthander wins his 2003 big league debut in memorable fashion but lands on the DL after injuring himself in his second start.
1966 - Andy Mota is born in Santo Domingo, DR. A September call-up during the 1991 season, the second baseman bats .189 in 27 games. His father Manny Mota was with the Houston franchise in the spring of 1963 but was traded before the regular season began.

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3/05      PHI*      ----
3/06     @STL*      ----
3/07      NYY*      ----
3/08      ATL*      ----
3/08     @DET*      ----
3/09     @TOR*      ----
3/10      STL*      ----
3/11      off        --
3/12      DET*      ----
3/13     @WSH*      ----
3/14     @ATL       ----
3/15      WSH*      ----
3/16      ATL*      ----
3/16     @WSH*      ----
3/17     @PIT*      ----
3/18      off        --
3/19     @NYM*      ----
3/20      WSH*      ----
3/21     @NYY*      ----
3/22      PIT*      ----
3/23      ATL*      ----
3/24     @NYM*      ----
3/25     @PHI*      ----
3/26      off        --
3/27      MIA       ----
3/28     @MIA*      ----
3/29      NYY*      ----
3/30      TOR       ----
3/31     @ATL       ----
4/01      DET*      ----
4/02     @CC        ----
4/03      KC        ----
4/04      KC*       ----
4/05      off        --
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Houston Astros recap - 02/24/15 - The Gang's All Here*
The Gang's All Here*

Gattis, Hinch talk strategy
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Spring camp has kicked into high gear with the final arrivals to the Astros' facility in Kissimmee, FL. Just down the highway from the Magic Kingdoms of Orlando, this will be Houston's next-to-last rodeo before an expected 2017 move to West Palm Beach, FL and a shared camp with the Washington Nationals.

Non-roster invitee Roberto Hernandez is still confronting visa issues but the rest of the squad are there to stretch their arms and legs, work on their timing, meet new teammates and somehow mesh into what they hope will be the franchise's first winning unit since 2008. Yes, the Astros are oh-for-Obama.

Shortstop Jed Lowrie and third baseman Luis Valbuena hope to add some punch to the lineup as do new outfielders Evan Gattis and Colby Rasmus. AL batting champion Jose Altuve returns to second base while holdovers Chris Carter, Jason Castro and George Springer expect to show improvement.

The pitching staff welcomes new faces too. Dan Straily hopes to win a starting job after he came over with Valbuena from the Cubs for Dexter Fowler. Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek were signed to bolster the bullpen which returns Chad Qualls, Tony Sipp and Josh Fields.

The starting rotation stayed largely intact from last year when Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh posted winning records. Veteran Scott Feldman hopes to turn things around from a frustrating 2014.

All of this will take place under the watchful eye of new manager A.J. Hinch and some new coaches. If all this makes you think they should pass out those "Hello, My Name Is..." tags over the next week or two, it wouldn't be such a bad idea.

If the decision scientists have done their jobs well, the Astros will post a .500 or above record while still paying their players less than 28 other major league teams. This is what the Moneyball meme is all about, fans, - winning games with meager payrolls.

We'll get our first measurements of the new formula on March 5th with the Grapefruit League opener against the Philadelphia Phillies and then they begin playing for keeps on April 6th with a home date against the Cleveland Indians.

There will be some interesting storylines to watch, such as who will become the closer, will Jon Singleton blossom, will Carter or Gattis look worse in the field, will the Astros challenge their own big league record for most strikeouts in a season and will Altuve cement himself as one of the game's best and least-known second basemen with another 200-hit season?

Stick around as Astros Daily hopes to provide the answers. Play Ball!

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Strong second basemen an Astros hallmark [slideshow] - Houston Chronicle
Astros top three LHP prospects - House of Houston
Dominguez welcoming chance to evolve as ballplayer - Astros.com
Hernandez secures visa, on track to report to camp - Astros.com
Berkman to be inducted into college Hall of Fame - Astros.com
Hinch planning to ease veterans into spring games - Astros.com
Neshek boasts impressive cards, memorabilia collection - Astros.com
Astros including shift drills in team fundamentals - Astros.com
Astros getting ready for Grapefruit League opener on Thursday - Houston Chronicle
Checking in from Astros camp - Houston Chronicle
Berkman named to college baseball hall of fame - Houston Chronicle
Hernandez receives visa, to join Astros camp - Houston Chronicle
Astros A to Z: Evan Gattis - Houston Chronicle
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Astros A to Z: Josh Fields - Houston Chronicle
Astros target 7-man bullpen, leaving two spots open - Houston Chronicle
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Padres' Lane makes pitch for roster spot - San Diego Union-Tribune
Progress report: Houston Astros - San Diego Union-Tribune
Astros working on ways to keep Gattis in lineup - Sports Xchange
Altuve searching for more in 2015 - Associated Press
Gattis learning more and more about outfield - Associated Press
Unlikely pair key to Astros' success - Astros.com
Hinch lines up starters for first 5 spring games - Astros.com
Berkman first of former Astros to lend hand at camp - Astros.com
Berkmanís spring break: Special instructor at Astros camp - Houston Chronicle
How the shift changes a teamís spring training routine - Houston Chronicle
Gattis dehydrated; Peacockís plan; Cruz to throw - Houston Chronicle
Astros spring rotation taking shape as McHugh goes first - Houston Chronicle
Houston might have a problem - Fox Sports
Joe Sclafani interview - Climbing Tal's Hill
Astros keeping Gattis away from behind the plate - Astros.com
Gattis to see majority of work in left field during spring training - Houston Chronicle
Astros A to Z: Michael Feliz - Houston Chronicle
Hall of Fame officials visit Astros camp - Houston Chronicle
Berkman eager to teach Astros - Houston Chronicle
Berkman offers fielding pointers - Houston Chronicle
McHugh in line to start Astros' Grapefruit League opener - Astros.com
Wojciechowski pumped up to be healthy, competing - Astros.com
A fanís perspective on Astros spring training in Florida - Houston Chronicle
Torreyes attributes work ethic to big league opportunities - Houston Chronicle
Astros A to Z: Scott Feldman - Houston Chronicle
McHugh likely to take mound in Grapefruit League opener - Houston Chronicle
Appel impresses early - Climbing Tal's Hill
Upton a fit for Astros in 2015? - Climbing Tal's Hill
Astros roster predictions: Outfield - Climbing Tal's Hill
Is 2015 draft the last chance the Astros have to add major talent? - Climbing Tal's Hill
Singleton confident despite last season's disappointment - Astros.com
Berkman to work with Astros as guest instructor - Astros.com
Chapman learning to use changeup effectively - Astros.com
Prospects appreciate opportunity to join big league camp - Astros.com
Rain dampens Astros' workout - Astros.com
Ortiz on rain shortened Astros workout - Houston Chronicle
Swelling forces Cruz to take Saturday off - Houston Chronicle
Peacock pleased with progress after hip surgery - Houston Chronicle
Rain forces Astros to alter schedule - Houston Chronicle
Berkman will report to camp as an instructor Monday - Houston Chronicle
Astros A to Z: Matt Dominguez - Houston Chronicle
Rodgers' dream: From Astros fan to part of team - Houston Chronicle
Lowrie happy to be back with Astros - Associated Press
Astros in fantasy: Colby Rasmus - Climbing Tal's Hill
What about A.J Hinch? - iSportsWeb
Astros offense more than just power? - Climbing Tal's Hill
Astros A to Z: Sam Deduno - Houston Chronicle
Gattis comfortable in new home, role - Fox Sports
Pettis teaching young Astros basics of baserunning, outfield - Astros.com
Hernandez's delay in reporting may leave him behind - Astros.com
Hinch planning for Astros' three spring off-days - Astros.com
Drellich on Astrosí outfield - Houston Chronicle
Ortiz from Astros camp - Houston Chronicle
Hinch keeping close watch on catchers - Houston Chronicle
Days off will be rare for Astros in spring training - Houston Chronicle
Oberholtzer, Deduno get high marks from Castro - Houston Chronicle
Cruz jams fingers during fielding practice - Houston Chronicle
Hernandez wonít make camp until at least Monday - Houston Chronicle

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