Found February 28, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Travis Buck
TEAMS: Houston Astros
Few players in the Astros' clubhouse can say they've been on as many consecutive Opening Day rosters as non-roster outfielder Travis Buck, who is trying to make a team out of spring camp for the sixth year in a row.

Astros name Myers closer

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Astros manager Brad Mills announced on Tuesday he has named Brett Myers as the the team's closer. Mills says the plan to move Myers to that role has been a topic of discussion since before spring training. Mills said general manager Jeff Luhnow initially brought up Myers closing and it took him some time to think about the move but believes it will be good...

Astros move Brett Myers to closer role

Brett Myers, Houston's starting pitcher on opening day last season, will be the Astros closer this year. Manager Brad Mills announced the move Tuesday. The 31-year-old right-hander started 34 games last season, including the season-opener at Philadelphia, and went 7-14 with a 4.46 ERA. Mark Melancon, who replaced the injured Brandon Lyon as the Astros' closer last year...

Schafer working to secure center field job

Jordan Schafer understands the opportunity he has in Houston. It's a young team that's rebuilding and provides fertile ground for young players like Schafer to show what they can do.

The Roster Report – February 29, 2012

Hey there, hardball fans. Welcome to another edition of the Roster Report. With most of the off-season roster movement finished, it’s time to take a long look at a few recent decisions (and an injury) that will affect roster composition for a few squads. If you’re the fan of the Athletics, the Astros, or the Yankees, you may want to keep reading. The Houston Astros name SP/RP...

Astros move Myers to closer

Houston Astros manager Brad Mills told reporters Tuesday that Brett Myers will be making the switch from starting pitcher to closer.

Rotation may be heavy on southpaws

It's possible the Astros could begin the regular season with three left-handers in their starting rotation. Wandy Rodriguez is a lock to be in the rotation if he's not traded, and J.A. Happ has an inside track for another rotation spot. Non-roster invitee Zach Duke will be used in relief and a starter this spring and could crack the rotation.

Latin Astros being afforded English education

Veterans Livan Hernandez and Carlos Lee are leading the charge to stress the importance of learning the English language with more than two dozen Latin Americans on the Astros' roster.

Wandy favorite for Opening Day start

The Astros have yet to name an Opening Day starter, but all signs point towards veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez being on the mound when Houston faces the Colorado Rockies on April 6 at Minute Maid Park. Houston hasn't had a lefty start on Opening Day since Dave Roberts in 1974.
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