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With too many starters, Houston's Hinch must make decision

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) With virtually every position already a lock for the Houston Astros at the beginning of spring training, the toughest decision manager A.J. Hinch might have to make this spring is which of his talented pitchers won't make the rotation.

On a championship team with Cy Young winners Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel, newcomer Gerrit Cole and Lance McCullers, Hinch will likely have to send one or more of his other starters into the bullpen to open the season.

"Poor me to have too many starters that need to be in the rotation," Hinch joked.

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Leaders
AVG: J. Altuve.346
HR: G. Springer34
RBI: M. González90
SB: J. Altuve32
W: D. Keuchel14
ERA: J. Verlander3.82
Saves: K. Giles34
K: J. Verlander176
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .282 (1)
Runs: 896 (1)
Hits: 1581 (1)
Home Runs: 238 (2)
Stolen Bases: 98 (8)
OBP: .346 (1)
SLG: .478 (1)
Total Bases: 2681 (1)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.12 (11)
Runs Allowed: 700 (9)
Saves: 45 (6)
Strikeouts: 1593 (2)
OpBA: .240 (6)
OBP: .313 (8)
SLG: .407 (9)
Run Support: 5.58 (1)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
2/15 C. McHugh Signed ( 2018)(wins arbitration)
2/5 G. Springer Signed ( 2018-2019)(two-year contract, avoids arbitration)
2/3 K. Giles Signed ( 2018)(wins arbitration)
1/23 J. Singleton Suspension Announced By League (100 games for violating MLB drug program)
1/22 B. Boshers Acquired Off Waivers Minnesota
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Injuries
Date Player Status
2/14 J. Gustave Recovery from right elbow surgery (day-to-day)
2/14 B. Rodgers Recovery from right elbow surgery (day-to-day)
10/1 D. Paulino off 60-day DL
9/13 J. Marisnick Fractured right thumb (day-to-day)
8/31 B. Rodgers off 60-day DL
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