We are exactly 28 days away from G1 against the Yankees. More immediately, the Astros play the Yankees at 12:05pm today - Mike F. Fiers gets the start.
*A flock of seagulls interrupted the Astros/Pirates game yesterday. (CBS Sports)
*2016 Single-game tickets go on sale at 9am today.
*Matt Duffy hit two homers. Jon Singleton hit a homer and just missed a grand slam. Tyler White hit a homer. A.J. Reed went 3x5. This first base competition thing is lit. (Astros.com)
*...Except A.J. Reed (and Colin Moran) hasn't played at Triple-A. (Chron)
*Matt Duffy is "right in the thick" of the 1B toss-up. (Chron)
*Brad Peacock can't remember the last time he was healthy. (Astros.com)
*Jake Marisnick is working on a more efficient swing. (Astros.com)
*How much is your team's all-star worth in prospects? (Hardball Times)
*Take everything you hear about player's health from player with a grain of salt. (Hardball Talk)
*What are the Diamondbacks doing? (Fox Sports)
*Now that Daniel Murphy is a National, the Mets have changed their signs. (NY Times)
*Female reporters open up about their safety (Sports Illustrated)
*Corruption and neglect at SMU (NY Times)
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