-Jack Mayfield hit his 1st homer of the Spring.
-Nick Tanielu hit his 3rd homer of the Spring.
-Collin McHugh: 2IP, 3H/3ER, 2K:0BB
-Brandon Bielak: 3IP, 1H/0ER, 1K:0BB
-Reymin Guduan: 1IP, 0H/0ER, 2K:0BB
*Big news of the day was that Altuve was a late scratch with "continued left side soreness" and "won't play for a few days." Altuve:
I don't think it's anything major. This is in a window of three days, not like one time and then a month later the same. I'm feeling good.
Wonder when they'll put the statue up of Altuve to commemorate his greatness.
*A.J. Hinch was complimentary of Reymin Guduan.
...which reminds me of this Twitter Masterpiece from The Batguy:
*Aledmys Diaz is looking to be the Astros' superutility player in 2019.One big difference between the old, bad Astros teams and this one is that we went from Abad bullpen to a Guduan.— I'm Batguy (@The_Batguy) May 31, 2017
*Here's a look from FanGraphs at the 2019 Dead Money pile. Amazing to me that the Astros are going to get $8m from Detroit in order to help pay for Justin Verlander.
*Shoutout to Mike F. Fiers, who was named the A's Opening Day starter. Manager Bob Melvin:
Seemed like every game he went out there, we won.
Hahaha dumb ol' Bob Melvin who forgets that the A's went [checks notes] hmmm 8-1 in Fiers' starts.
*Scott Boras backtracked on yesterday's note that the Astros offered Martin Maldonado 2yrs/$12m before he signed with the Royals on a 1yr/$2.5m deal.
*Beyond the Box Score: The 2019 Rangers are the Team of What Could Have Been.
*Former White Sox pitcher Esteban Loaiza got a three-year deal with a prison.
*I literally had no idea that Dan Jenkins (RIP) was Sally Jenkins' father.Huge shoutout to this fan who claimed Mt. Everest in his #Astros gear and planted a flag at the base camp! Incredible stuff. 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/1104KDCPoC— Houston Astros (@astros) March 9, 2019
*Vox: Explaining Jacob Wohl
*A Musical Selection: