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The Houston Astros are one cut away from finalizing their first American League roster.
Brandon Barnes and Fernando Martinez won the backup outfield spots Monday as the Astros reduced the roster to 26 players. They will cut one more pitcher before they open the major league season Sunday night against the Texas Rangers.
''We still have a couple more decisions to make with the last two spots in the rotation and finalizing the bullpen,'' manager Bo Porter said. ''We're going to let that just play itself out.''
The Astros optioned pitcher Chia-Jen Lo to AAA Oklahoma City and informed pitchers Kevin Chapman and Jose Valdez, catcher Rene Garcia, infielders Brandon Laird and Jose Martinez and outfielder Trevor Crowe that they will not be on the roster for the start of the regular season.
Erik Bedard, Alex White and Brad Peacock are still competing for final two spots in the rotation behind Bud Norris, Lucas Harrell and Philip Humber.
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The Houston Astros are exploring trade opportunities for
infielder Tyler Greene, according to Bryan T. Smith of The Houston Chronicle.
Astros exploring trade possibilities with Tyler Greene.
— Brian T. Smith (@ChronAstros) March 24, 2013
Luhnow making it clear Cedeno likely to start for Astros. Tyler Greene won't make Astros.
— Brian T. Smith (@ChronAstros...
The Houston Astros signed shortstop Ronny Cedeno to a one-year contract Sunday and informed shortstop Tyler Greene he will not make the season-opening roster.
The 30-year-old Cedeno is an eight-year major league veteran who hit .259 in 78 games with the New York Mets last season. He is in the Astros' lineup for Sunday's exhibition game against the Miami Marlins.
The Houston Astros recently signed Ronny Cedeno and announced on Sunday that he will be the teams shortstop to open the season.
Cedeno spent almost all of spring training with the St. Louis Cardinals attempting to win the starting gig there when Rafael Furcal became sidelined. Pete Kozma earned the starting spot with the Cardinals while Cedeno was released.
The team is also looking...
Ronny Cedeno tripled hours after signing with the Houston Astros, who beat the Miami Marlins 4-1 Sunday in a game shortened to 4 1-2 innings because of rain.
Released by St. Louis on March 19, Cedeno agreed to a one-year deal with Houston and immediately was inserted into the lineup at shortstop. He went 1 for 2, grounding into an inning-ending forceout in the second and tripling...
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Ronny Cedeno tripled hours after signing with the Houston Astros, who beat the Miami Marlins 4-1 Sunday in a game shortened to 4 1-2 innings because of rain.
Released by St. Louis on March 19, Cedeno agreed to a one-year deal with Houston and immediately was inserted into the lineup at shortstop. He went 1 for 2, grounding into an inning-ending forceout in...