Short one today - I'm exhausted.
*The Astros lost 7-4 to the Marlins. Chas McCormick (21st Round - 2017) hit a grand slam. Taylor Jones, Jeremy Pena, and Drew Ferguson had the other hits. Chris Devenski and Jared Hughes saw their first action of the Spring and combined for 2IP, 3H/0ER, 1K:0BB.
*Chris Devenski dropped 20 pounds this offseason and is looking to return to his All-Star form. Devenski:
I worked this offseason on getting my fastball right, getting my command right and spinning the ball out of my hand the right way. I went back and did a bunch of drills on that. I think everything for me is mental. I know the way my body feels and when I'm in the shape I'm in right now.
*In this McTaggart piece, we find:
-Dusty Baker really likes the young pitchers.
-Dustin Garneau is settling into the analytics side of being an Astros catcher.
*Myles Straw is among the fastest players in MLB. Straw:
(Astros Strength & Conditioning Coach Brendan) Verner would wear me out about it last year and kind of pushed me and motivated me. I'll probably work with him a lot this year and try to be the quickest in the league.
*Abraham Toro was supposed to start on Tuesday but was scratched with an eye irritation.
*The Astros play a split-squad game against the Mets and the Cardinals. Jose Urquidy and Forrest Whitley will be on various mounds, George Springer and Michael Brantley will play. I'm sure Boos are coming.
*The Ringer: The Astros' Trash-Can Cheating Scheme is a Window Onto Human Nature.
*Texas Southern beat #6 Mississippi State in Starkville.
*A Red Sox prospect arrived at Spring Training from Taiwan...and was immediately quarantined.
*The New Yorker: Survivor's Guilt in the Mountains.
*Esquire: How a former mechanic became one of America's best bread wizards.
*A Musical Selection: