Found February 25, 2013 on FatManWriting:
Astros Begin New Era in the American League: When you look out on the field at Minute Maid Park this year and don’t recognize anyone don’t worry about it. You will not be the only one. The 2013 MLB season will mark a new era for the Houston Astros. It will be their second full season under current owner Jim Crane. It will be their first in the American League, first with Bo Porter as the manager, and their first in new uniforms. But is it is likely going to be the same old Astros. There was once a time when they were in contention for their division title on a regular basis. It wasn’t too long ago that they made it to the World Series for the first time in franchise history, but ever since the team was swept by the Chicago White Sox in the’05 World Series it has been all downhill for baseball fans in Houston. Since then the team has only finished above .500 twice (’06 and ’08), but the last two seasons have seen them reach record lows when it co...

Higher salary in 2013: John Lackey or the Houston Astros?

If you’re a Red Sox fan and not already aware of this information, it’s probably going to sting a bit.  Boston’s highest paid player in 2013 will be none other than John Lackey, at $15,950,000.  David Ortiz is second on the Sox at $14,575,000.  Here’s the complete list from ESPN. I came across this after first looking at the payroll for the Houston Astros.  Last summer...

Houston Astros Crush Phillies 8-3 in First Spring Training Game of the 2013 Season

(Photo courtesy of Casey Landman on Twitter/Instagram) Smell that? That's the smell of Phillies baseball. The first official spring training game started this afternoon in Clearwater with Cole Hamels on the mound against Lucas Harrell and the Astros. Cole pitched a solid two innings today allowing just one hit, walking...

Phils error away spring opener against Astros

Chase Utley fans who attended spring training the past couple seasons didn't get to see their hero. This year, they not only saw him, but he drove in a run in his first spring at-bat since 2009. The bad news is that the Phillies dropped their spring opener 8-3 to the Houston Astros.
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