The Astros beat the Phillies 2-1 yesterday with Ken Giles turning in a solid 9th inning performance. Today's game against the Mets will be televised on MLB Network at 12pm Central.
*It was Ken Giles' first 1-2-3 inning of the Spring. James Hoyt got four outs and, after a rough 1st inning, Michael Feliz retired ten batters in a row.
*A.J. Hinch said pretty much what you would expect A.J. Hinch to say in response to the most recent SI cover.
*Evan Gattis: Probably starting the season on the DL. Lance McCullers threw for the first time in two weeks, and was encouraged by the results.
*Brad Peacock was sent to Triple-A.
*The 1B situation is "starting to solidify itself," but no announcement will be made before the Mexico City trip.
*President Obama introduced Jim Crane to Cuban President Raul Castro.
*The Astros' move from Osceola County is not popular with the locals.
*New Forbes rankings say the Astros are worth $1.1 billion. Gone are the days when the Astros were worth $2.13 + tips.
*Your new Chron Astros beat writers: Jake M. Kaplan and Angel Verdejo.
*Matt Bush is the Rangers' ultimate reclamation project.