The Mets claimed Fernando Nieve off waivers from the Astros. Link
Scott Lauber of the Wilmington News Journal has excerpts from a press conference with Astros GM Ed Wade. Wade, the former Phillies GM, talks about last year's World Series and discusses the Brad Lidge trade.
There seems to still be some buzz on Pudge and The Astros. MLBTR . CBS
Five were optioned to Triple-A Round Rock: infielder Drew Sutton, outfielder Yordany Ramirez, right-hander Sammy Gervacio and lefties Tyler Lumsden and Polin Trinidad.
The Astros also reassigned infielder Mark Saccomanno to Minor League camp. MLB.com
Braves 3 Astros 2. Capellan shows signs of brilliance.
Clay Hensley is out of the mix for a job in the Astros' rotation, manager Cecil Cooper revealed Sunday morning.
The race for the fifth-starter job appears to be down to three, although realistically, Felipe Paulino and his 12.60 spring ERA is, for all intents and purposes, barely a realistic candidate. That leaves Jose Capellan and Russ Ortiz, with the edge probably going to Ortiz only because of the tremendous success he's had as a starter through his career before injuries set in.
Roy Oswalt was a work horse for the USA team.
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