#win the #watercooler and #rovell your #brand with your Friday morning hot links:
*The Orioles are a little butthurt over the safe Castro call at the plate last night.
*ESPN Stats & Info takes a closer look at George Springer. Scott Feldman says that Springer's run reminds him of Josh Hamilton.
*Bo Porter is going to keep the six-man rotation for now;
*Jesse Crain is looking at a late-June return.
*The headline is atrocious, but here's a great article from Jeff Sullivan on the month the Astros are having.
*Here is a longer story on Conrad Gregor's dad catching his first homer of the season.
*Mark Appel is rejoining Lancaster this weekend. Scott Boras, Appel's agent, had this to say about Appel and the tandem pitching plan:
I don’t think there’s one approach for everybody. And in Mark’s
case … He’d been pitching on a once-a-week schedule for a long time,
dating back to high school, so that’s what he was used to. … It was just
a cumulative thing, where after a few starts on the four-day
(schedule), I don’t think it worked for him. They had a conversation
*Hall of Famer, and Houston resident, Monte Irvin laments the lack of African-Americans in baseball.