KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Top prospect Carlos Correa and Matt Dominguez, Houston's regular third baseman for the last two seasons, are among eight players cut by the Astros from their big league spring training camp.

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Mat Latos followed his worst start of the spring with his best, helping the Miami Marlins play to a 1-1 tie with the Houston Astros. Five days after allowing nine runs in three innings to the Mets, Latos rebounded by limiting the Astros to one run in 5 1-3 innings. ”I think you see night and day,” Latos said. Today everything was downhill.” While Latos’ improvement was significant, it left room for improvement.

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The Houston Astros are looking for a link between the leadoff excellence of Jose Altuve and the business of scoring enough runs to win. George Springer, the free-spirited, free-swinging outfielder who hit 20 home runs in 78 games as a rookie, welcomes the assignment. ”First of all, you’re hitting behind the batting champ, and he’s always on base,” Springer said. ”If he’s on base he’s a threat to run, and that puts me in a better position to hit.” Batting second is an important assignment on the Astros, who wasted Altuve’s phenomenal 2014 season by often failing to drive him in.

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There's a Hall of Famer in the Minnesota dugout and plenty of Cuban talent all over the diamond.

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Chicken and waffles are already a brilliant, yet crazy, food creation. You might initially balk at the idea of combining the two, but you’ll immediately understand the hype after your first bite.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] The Houston Astros understand that sweet and salty, like Biggio and Bagwell, are one of the best combinations of all time. That’s why they’ve decided to take crazy to a new level with the Chicken & Waffle Cone. New at Astros games: Chicken & Waffle Cone w/mashed potatoes & honey mustard drizzle pic.twitter.com/y2vDEjjnjm — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 27, 2015 Your eyes do not deceive you. That’s chicken in a waffle cone, served with mashed potatoes and a honey mustard sauce.  While it’s tough to justify substituting a waffle with a waffle cone, it’s important to note that one of the finest thinkers of our time has endorsed cones of meat. We’ve already seen plenty of ridiculous foods introduced by other teams this spring, but this is the first to come with Ron Swanson’s professional endorsement.  The Astros ought to just go all the way and introduce the ” meat tornado ” next.  If it’s good enough for Ron Swanson, it’s good enough for me. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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”I mean I grew up watching Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs and now guys are talking about 30′s good.” Home runs have hit their lowest rate in more than two decades. The days of bulked-up sluggers like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa topping 60 home runs in a season like they did six times from 1998-2001 are going, going, and gone. ”I remember when guys hit 50 and 60 a year,” said Houston first baseman Chris Carter, who tied for second in the majors last season with 37 homers.

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The Reds acquired first baseman Dan Johnson from the Astros on Thursday for a player to be named or cash, one of two trades involving minor leaguers. They also sent infielder Devin Lohman to the Phillies for a player to be named or cash. Johnson played in 15 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .211 with a homer and seven RBIs. The 35-year-old infielder also has played for Oakland, Tampa Bay, the White Sox and Baltimore.

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The following is a public service announcement from Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. The message: Don’t build your executive offices so close to home plate. We didn’t hear an exact estimate of the distance, but that had to be at least a 460-foot ride for one of the most soundly struck baseballs we’ve seen all spring.  The two-run homer, which came complete with a signature Puig bat flip, happened during Wednesday’s 9-5 victory against the San Diego Padres. And it came against a pitcher whose career has been notable for several unique reasons, including another chapter that was added in this same game.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] The man who served it up was none other than outfielder turned pitcher Jason Lane, who’s also famous for his unscripted role as the home run hitting Houston Astros player in the Oscar-nominated film Boyhood.”  Remarkably, Lane made it back to the big leagues after a seven-year absence in new role last season. It was a brief stint, but he’s hoping to make a longer lasting impression this season.  Unfortunately, the home run was one of three Lane allowed in the ballgame, which will greatly damage his chances. But Lane ended his day on a high note when he turned back the clock and connected for his first big league home run since Aug. 13, 2007.  It’s actually extremely rare that a relief pitcher would even get an at-bat during a spring game. Even starting pitchers chances are limited, though obviously that changes as the season grows closer. That means spring homers from pitchers almost never happen, but Lane made the most of his chance on Wednesday, hitting San Diego’s first since Jake Peavy on March 26, 2006.  Unfortunately, it probably couldn’t wash away the anguish of the three home runs allowed, but it’s still cool to see that Lane can still swing the bat. If need be, maybe there’s even life after pitching, as an outfielder once more.   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Nick Markakis made his debut in the outfield for the Atlanta Braves and said he felt ready for opening day after playing six innings Tuesday in a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Markakis signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Braves in the offseason and had surgery Dec. 17 to repair a herniated disk. Right now, it’s all about my timing.” Markakis won a Gold Glove last year in Baltimore and is going to replace Gold Glover Jason Heyward in right field for Atlanta. ”I just need more plate appearances.” Markakis said he would be playing in minor league games just to get some extra at-bats.

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