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Day 6: Feldman among those throwing to hitters

The goal for Astros pitcher Scott Feldman was to simply not hit anybody. Feldman and a handful of other pitchers faced live hitters for the first time Friday, throwing for about 15 minutes on the back fields against teammates.

“You’re just getting reacquainted with the mound and seeing hitters out there and trying to get all my pitches over and work with the catchers a little bit,” Feldman said. “Trying not to hit anybody is probably the most important thing.”

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Feldman throws to hitters

In years past, hitters would typically stand in the box during the first days of live batting practice and simply track the pitches with their eyes. The Astros this year gave hitters certain in-game scenarios to focus on when they stepped into the box.

“Throughout the years, it’s been called pitching practice, and the hitters would get in there and see their five pitches and get out,” manager Bo Porter said. “It’s something as a staff we talked about and wanted to try to get a little bit more out of that situation, so our hitting coaches put together a program that put these guys into situations and counts to intensify it for the hitter.”

Porter says it allows the hitters to sharpen their mind while the pitchers get their work in, as well.

“You train yourself from a mental standpoint of executing that situation,” he said.

Here’s the day in pictures:

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Dave Trembley and Adam Everett

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Bullpen coach Craig Bjornson sounds the horn

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Cesar Izturis

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Bench coach Dave Trembley talks to pitchers

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Adam Everett works with Matt Dominguez

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Matt Albers and Peter Moylan

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Marc Krauss

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Astros work on rundowns

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Tony DeFrancesco hits grounders

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More rundowns

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Doug Brocail and J.D. Martinez

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Rene Garcia

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Dave Trembley and Bo Porter talk

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John Mallee talks to hitters

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Chia-Jen Lo does an interview

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