Astros spring training is off to a great start

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The Astros were the talk of most of the offseason as the club was exposed for having cheated en route to a championship in 2017. That resulted in its GM and field manager being suspended one year each and subsequently fired. Aside from a handful of players appearing at Astros FanFest, the club hasn’t yet faced the public after its dirty laundry was aired.

Astros pitchers and catchers officially reported to spring training on Tuesday. Wednesday marked the first day of workouts. The club has had ample time to craft its P.R. strategy and figure out how best to address the public. Behold:

The Astros just need a couple more days to figure things out, it seems.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.