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2/11/2016 | Gonzalez leads deep bench bunch

The Astros feel good about the versatility and skill on their bench heading into the season, beginning with the return of Marwin Gonzalez.


2/10/2016 | Giles, Fister have chance to make big impact

Considering the success the Astros had a year ago, they didn't have many holes to fill in the offseason, and two of those needs were addressed by re-signing outfielder Colby Rasmus (he accepted a qualifying offer) and left-hander Tony Sipp.


2/10/2016 | Gattis' surgery frees up spring at-bats for others

The loss of designated hitter Evan Gattis, perhaps until the start of the regular season or beyond following surgery to repair a sports hernia, will free up some at-bats this spring. The Astros will get a better gauge on up-and-comers like Matt Duffy, Tyler White, A.J. Reed and Colin Moran.


2/9/2016 | Gattis to miss 4-6 weeks after hernia surgery

Evan Gattis told MLB.com on Tuesday that he will miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a hernia.


2/9/2016 | Arbitration panel rules $5M salary for Castro

The Astros won their arbitration case against veteran catcher Jason Castro on Tuesday, when a three-person panel determined he will be paid a $5 million salary this year. Castro was seeking $5.25 million.


2/9/2016 | Around the Horn: Relief pitching

This is the fifth of a six-part Around the Horn series that will take a position-by-position look at the Astros' projected starters and backup options heading into next season. Up next: Relief pitching.


2/8/2016 | Astros have 3 eyeing rebound '16 seasons

The Astros will hit the field at Osceola County Stadium next week for the start of their final Spring Training in Kissimmee, Fla., with much anticipation. The team is coming off its first playoff berth in 10 years and was six outs away from eliminating the Royals in the American League Division Series.


2/6/2016 | 7-run eighth sparks St. Mary's at Minute Maid

Zach Johnson tripled and doubled in St. Mary's seven-run eighth inning to propel the Rattlers to a 10-5 win over Henderson State in the first of three games on Saturday in the 2016 Houston Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park.


2/5/2016 | Crane ready for another Astros playoff run

It was this time a year ago that Astros owner Jim Crane raised a few eyebrows by making the bold proclamation his team would make the postseason in 2015. Crane didn't beat his chest about his prediction when speaking to the media Friday at Minute Maid Park, but said he's pleased with the direction of the club and looks forward to big things in 2016.


2/5/2016 | McCracken reflects during Black History Month

Quinton McCracken, the former Major League player, was promoted last year to Astros director of player personnel. He recently offered his thoughts on the importance of Black History Month.


2/5/2016 | Ark-Monticello, St. Cloud St. shine at Houston Winter Invitational

Travis Steinke singled in the go-ahead runs in a four-run ninth inning to lift Arkansas-Monticello past Tarleton State 10-6 in the opening game on Friday of the fourth annual Houston Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros.


2/5/2016 | Around the Horn: Starting pitching

The addition of veteran right-hander Doug Fister to a one-year deal last month rounded out the Astros' offseason moves, giving them another proven arm to add to what is the deepest starting rotation they've had in years.


2/4/2016 | Astros' Urban Youth Academy works wonders

It's not only about those six young people and their college scholarships. It's what they represent. "Our program works," said Daryl Wade, director of the Houston Astros' Urban Youth Academy (UYA). That's the larger lesson. On Wednesday, the Astros held a ceremony to honor the five boys and one girl who signed letters of intent to play college baseball and college softball.


2/4/2016 | Around the Horn: Outfield is rock solid

HOUSTON -- The Astros will enter Spring Training camp with a set outfield, including the three starters and the two bench players.


2/3/2016 | Astros UYA celebrates 6 receiving scholarships

The Houston Astros Urban Youth Academy celebrated having six players receive scholarship offers to play baseball and softball in college in a signing ceremony Wednesday.


2/1/2016 | Feldman expects to be ready by Spring Training

The signing of right-hander Doug Fister last week gives the Astros enough rotation depth to weather an injury to one of their starters. Veteran right-hander Scott Feldman is coming off a shoulder injury that cost him the final month of last season, and he expects to be ready to compete when Spring Training starts in two weeks.