*Here's an unpaywalled interview transcript between Chandler Rome and Jim Crane, in which he addresses bringing back Keuchel/Marwin, extending Verlander/Cole, etc.
*Hinch named the starting rotation for the first slate of Spring Training games.
Saturday: Framber Valdez
Sunday: Rogelio Armenteros
Monday: Justin Verlander
Tuesday: Gerrit Cole
Wednesday: Wade Miley/Collin McHugh
Thursday: Brad Peacock
*Catching prospect Jamie Ritchie noted that Forrest Whitley looks "ready to go."
*Jake Kaplan has a great story about Abraham Toro, the Astros' French-Canadian-Venezuelan prospect. Forrest Whitley, on Toro:
He is like the most underrated prospect in our system. There are a few guys who don't get as much attention as they deserve and I feel like he's the main one.
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*How Tim Donaghy fixed NBA games.
*Urban Organics wants to fix food.
*A Musical Selection. I may be the only dude in America who still listens to the Dandy Warhols regularly: