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3/5/2015 | Top talent to square off in Houston College Classic

It's an early-season college baseball tournament, but based on the caliber of this year's field, the Houston College Classic has the look of an NCAA regional. Second-ranked LSU, eighth-ranked Houston and undefeated Texas A&M highlight the 15th annual event, which also features Baylor, Hawaii and Nebraska.


3/5/2015 | Springer singles in first game action since July

With his family watching in the stands, Astros right fielder George Springer went 1-for-3 with a single in a 6-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.


3/5/2015 | Appel notches win, makes most of first opportunity

It was only two innings during a Grapefruit League game in early March, but for Mark Appel, it was another step towards Houston. He made his first appearance on Thursday afternoon, tallying a win and gaining some valuable experience.


3/5/2015 | Berkman aids Gregerson in approach to lefty hitters

Astros pitching coach Brent Strom set up a meeting between pitcher Luke Gregerson and former slugger Lance Berkman on Wednesday so Gregerson could get a better idea how left-handed hitters view sinkers.


3/5/2015 | Conger expected to start for Astros on Saturday

Backup catcher Hank Conger should play this weekend after he was held out of some bullpen sessions in recent days as he recovers from what manager A.J. Hinch described as a sore left wrist.


3/5/2015 | Hall of Famer Ryan optimistic about Astros' young talent

Nolan Ryan was with Houston when it had three underwhelming Drafts nearly a decade ago, but he is back for a potential team turnaround due to high Draft picks and trades for prospects.


3/5/2015 | Veteran Hernandez reports to Astros camp

Despite feeling under the weather, veteran right-hander Roberto Hernandez reported to Astros camp on Thursday morning and threw in the bullpen. Hernandez, who arrived two weeks late because of visa issues, flew from his native Dominican Republic on Wednesday night.


3/4/2015 | Berkman to be inducted into college Hall of Fame

Former Astros slugger Lance Berkman, who won the National Player of the Year Award at Rice University in Houston, was named to the 2015 National College Baseball Hall of Fame induction class on Wednesday.


3/4/2015 | Hinch planning to ease veterans into spring games

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he's going to ease his veterans into action when Grapefruit League play begins. The Astros open their spring season against the Phillies on Thursday at Osceola County Stadium, but Hinch said American League batting champion Jose Altuve and shortstop Jed Lowrie won't play until Saturday.


3/4/2015 | Dominguez welcoming chance to evolve as ballplayer

The trade that brought veteran third baseman Luis Valbuena to the Astros forced incumbent Matt Dominguez to order a first baseman's mitt. The way Dominguez viewed things, it was a chance to add another apparatus to the toolbox.


3/4/2015 | Hernandez secures visa, on track to report to camp

Right-hander Roberto Hernandez, who has yet to report to Astros camp, has received his visa and was scheduled to travel to Florida from his native Dominican Republic on Wednesday night. He will take a physical at Osceola County Stadium on Thursday.


3/3/2015 | Astros including shift drills in team fundamentals

The Astros have incorporated the shift into team fundamentals this spring in an effort to make sure their fielders grow more comfortable fielding balls and throwing to bases from areas on the field that aren't typical of their position.


3/3/2015 | After winding road, Hoyt moving closer to Majors

The two players the Astros received from the Braves in a January trade that sent three prospects to Atlanta have done some soul-searching away from the game -- slugger Evan Gattis working odd jobs that range from ski lift operator to janitor, and pitcher James Hoyt working on sailboats.


3/3/2015 | Neshek boasts impressive cards, memorabilia collection

On any given morning at spring camp, Astros reliever Pat Neshek can be spotted at his locker signing dozens of baseball cards with a discarded stack of envelopes at his feet. He rips them open, scribbles his name on each card and sends them back to where they came from.


3/3/2015 | Hinch lining up seven-man bullpen

Fla. -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday it's likely the club will open the season with a seven-man bullpen, which is not a surprise. It's possible they'll use one of those spots on a long reliever, which means Alex White, Samuel Deduno, Jake Buchanan, Dan Straily, Brad Peacock and Asher Wojciechowski will be considered for the bullpen as well as the fifth spot in the rotation.


3/2/2015 | Hinch lines up starters for first 5 spring games

Astros manager A.J. Hinch set up his starting pitching for the upcoming week of Grapefruit League games, confirming that right-hander Collin McHugh will pitch the opener on Thursday against the Phillies at Osceola County Stadium.


3/2/2015 | McHugh, Keuchel proving building blocks of success

The Houston Astros say it started with the two pitchers, Collin McHugh and Dallas Keuchel. They're the ones who deserve the credit for the Astros' success, because they were the ones who embraced change and executed every single pitch.


3/2/2015 | Berkman first of former Astros to lend hand at camp

The Astros have a long line of former players coming into training camp this spring at the urging of new manager A.J. Hinch. And first up on Monday was first baseman Lance Berkman, who played the bulk of his 15 seasons in Houston.


3/1/2015 | Pair of Matt Duffys creates double trouble

When Matt Duffy made his Major League debut for the Giants last Aug. 1, a certain Astros prospect started receiving congratulatory messages from a couple of his distant relatives. There was no confusion on his part, though. He knew exactly what was up.


3/1/2015 | Astros' prospects report for mini-camp duty

About 30 of the Astros' most promising prospects, including several members of the 2014 Draft class, reported to the Minor League complex at Osceola County Stadium on Sunday morning in advance of a mini-camp that begins Monday.


3/1/2015 | Astros keeping Gattis away from behind the plate

Evan Gattis has been sitting in on catchers meetings this spring, but don't expect to see the new Astros slugger behind the plate this season.


3/1/2015 | Wojciechowski pumped up to be healthy, competing

Right-hander Asher Wojciechowski may have been one of the most excited players to hit Astros camp this year, for no other reason than he was finally healthy after missing all of last year's camp with a strained right lat muscle.


3/1/2015 | McHugh in line to start Astros' Grapefruit League opener

With the Astros' Grapefruit League opener against the Phillies set for Thursday, manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday it's "trending towards" right-hander Collin McHugh starting the game on the mound for the Astros. Cliff Lee is set to start for Philadelphia.