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Game 17: Relievers on display in rain-shortened loss

The fact: Dan Uggla hit his third home run of the spring in the second inning Monday afternoon and added a two-run triple an inning later to lead the Braves to a 4-0 short-shortened win over the Astros in five innings at Osceola County Stadium (boxscore).

What we learned: LHP Brett Oberholtzer and RHP Jerome Williams are progressing nicely as they battle for a spot in the rotation. Oberholtzer is pretty much a lock to get a rotation spot at this point it appears, and Williams should have a spot on the club as either a starter or a reliever.

Both pitchers started a Minor League intrasquad game between the team’s Double-A and Triple-A affiliates at 9 a.m. ET Monday. Oberholtzer threw 75 pitches in five innings, and Williams threw 75 pitches in six innings.

“The last thing you want in Spring Training is to get your starters backed up and you’re trying to find innings as you go along and you can’t get an opportunity to get them built up,” manager Bo Porter said. “It’s been great to have these camps games and allow these guys to stay on turn and get their work in and get built up.”

More on Oberholtzer and Williams can be found here.

Player of the game: LHP Darin Downs. Starting the game in place of Oberholtzer, Downs worked two innings and gave up a solo homer to Dan Uggla. Regardless, it was a strong outing for the veteran in his quest to win a rotation spot.

What went wrong: LHP Kevin Chapman, who hadn’t allowed a run in his first four spring starts, was hit for three earned runs and five hits in one inning. … The Astros were 2-for-18 with six strikeouts against Braves starter Alex Wood.

Notable: RHP Ross Seaton, who was in Major League camp with the Astros last year, pitched an inning in relief and looked sharp. … IF Jio Mier, the club’s former first-round Draft pick, had a double a single against Williams in the morning intrasquad Minor League game. … CF Dexter Fowler went 1-for-2 with a bunt hit and a strikeout and had a nice diving catch to end the first inning.. … LF Robbie Grossman had the Astros’ only other hit.

Quotable: “Once we talked to the grounds crew and the umpire and myself and Fredi [Gonzalez], we walked out there and it was standing water at third and they had no plans to cover the field. At that juncture, you don’t want to put our players or their players in jeopardy of somebody suffering an injury with the grounds just not being safe,” — Astros manager Bo Porter on decision to call the game after five rain-soaked innings.

Up next: Left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who hasn’t allowed a run in three spring outings covering nine innings, tries to fortify his spot in the rotation when he starts against the Marlins in Jupiter, Fla., at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday. Keuchel is scheduled to throw about five innings.

Injuries: RHP Mark Appel (recovering from appendectomy), RHP Asher Wojciechowski (lat strain), RHP Jesse Crain (biceps tendon surgery recovery).

Links of the day:

Story and video: Feldman named Opening Day starter

Video: Carlos Correa giving his Quad Cities teammates an impromptu speech Sunday

Bass ready for closer role if asked

Chapman bullish on Gators in NCAA Tourney

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Picture of the day:

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Jio Mier hitting a single against Jerome Williams


Astros Spring Training schedule

Houston Astros 2014 Spring Training Schedule

Day, Date, Opponent (road site), Time ET

Friday, Feb. 28, at Atlanta (Lake Buena Vista), 6:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 1, at Detroit (Lakeland), 1:05 p.m.

Sunday, March 2, vs. Atlanta (SS), 1:05 p.m.

Monday, March 3, at Miami (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4 at New York Mets (Port St. Lucie), 1:10 p.m.

Wednesday, March 5, Detroit, 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, March 6, New York Mets, 1:05 p.m.

Friday, March 7, at Washington (Viera), 1:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 8, New York Yankees, 1:05 p.m./at Philadelphia (SS) (Clearwater), 1:05 p.m.

Sunday, March 9, Toronto, 1:05 p.m.

Monday, March 10, at Washington (Viera), 1:05 p.m.

Tuesday, March 11, OFF

Wednesday, March 12, Washington, 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, March 13, at Toronto (Dunedin), 1:05 p.m.

Friday, March 14, St. Louis, 1:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 15, at Detroit (Lakeland), 1:05 p.m.

Sunday, March 16, Washington (SS), 1:05 p.m.

Monday, March 17, Atlanta, 1:05 p.m.

Tuesday, March 18, at Miami (at Jupiter) 1:05 p.m.

Wednesday, March 19, at Washington (at Viera) 6:05 p.m.

Thursday, March 20, Philadelphia (SS), 1:05 p.m.

Friday, March 21, Miami, 1:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 22, St. Louis, 1:05 p.m.

Sunday, March 23, at St. Louis (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.

Monday, March 24, at Atlanta (Lake Buena Vista), 6:05 p.m.

Tuesday, March 25, OFF

Wednesday, March 26, New York Mets, 6:05

Thursday, March 27, OFF

Friday, March 28, vs. Texas, San Antonio, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 29, vs. Veracruz of Mexico, Minute Maid Park, 6:10 p.m./ vs. Texas, San Antonio, 1:05 p.m.

Sunday, March 30, Veracruz of Mexico, Minute Maid Park, 1:10 p.m.

Game 15: Astros held to one hit in loss to Phils

What happened: SS Tyler Greene‘s double to start the game against Phillies starter Cole Hamels was the only hit the Astros managed en route to losing, 7-1, to the Phillies at Osceola County Stadium (boxscore).

What we learned: RHP Brad Peacock is working on a sinker. Peacock, who threw three scoreless innings, said people have told him all his life he needed to add a two-seamer, and this year he’s going through with it. He says it’s been difficult, but he knows that adding that to his four-seam, sinker, changeup and curveball will be beneficial.

“I’ve always tried it and it just didn’t do anything,” he said. “This year, I talked to some of the coaches and what they do when they throw a sinker and I took that advice. It’s working good. Hopefully I can keep it going.”

What else: RHP Hector Ambriz retired the only batter he faced in his second outing of the spring.

What went wrong: RHP Jarred Cosart scuffled against his former team, allowing three hits and four runs and one walk in 1 2/3 innings while struggling with control. Cosart dusted Phillies hitter Josh Fields with a pitch, nearly emptying the benches. … SS Jonathan Villar made an error at shortstop.

What they said: “Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to good pitching. Guys put some good swings on some balls and hit some balls hard, but the plays were made by the Phillies and some days you have days like this.” — Astros manager Bo Porter after his team was held to one-hit.

What’s next: The Astros are off Monday and will return to action Tuesday when RHP Bud Norris starts against the Miami Marlins at 12:05 p.m. CT at Jupiter, Fla. Norris, a candidate to start on Opening Day, threw four innings in a simulated game on Monday. This will be his first appearances in a Grapefruit League game since March 1.

Who’s injured: RHP Lucas Harrell (right groin strain) is improving and listed as day-to-day. … LHP Erik Bedard (right glute strain) threw in the bullpen on Saturday and should be close to game action. … IF Jake Elmore (left oblique strain) is day-to-day

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Links of the day: The Astros notebook has more on Delino DeShields Jr. and George Springer being among the team’s first cuts, as well as reaction to the Mexico-Canada brawl in the World Baseball Classic, Porter talking about how to respect the game and a look at how the Astros came to contract agreements with all 40 players on their roster.

The day in photos:

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Bo Porter poses with kids

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Jordan Lyles works on mechanics with Dennis Martinez

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Telvin Nash

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Vincent Velasquez

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Brian Holmes

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Carlos Correa

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Travis Ballew was nasty

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Carlos Correa

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Carlos Correa