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Altuve returns to Astros, works on turning double plays
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Mar 15, 2019 10:39 PM 1+ week ago

"The only thing I've asked him to focus on for the rest of the spring is his turns at second base," Hinch said. "He's really, really good, and we're trying to make him even better."

A six-time All-Star and the 2015 AL Gold Glove winner, Altuve was part of 63 double plays turned by the Astros last season. That's down from 86 in only 19 fewer games the year prior.

"Those plays are huge for us," Hinch said. "Our infield, the acrobatic plays that (third baseman Alex) Bregman makes and (shortstop Carlos) Correa makes on the left side of the infield, to complete the play with a double play is a small point of emphasis."

Left side soreness kept Altuve from playing in exhibition games since March 6. He returned on Friday night against the Cardinals, going 1 for 2 with a walk.

Swinging unencumbered, Altuve hit a ball that caromed off the right leg of St. Louis pitcher Daniel Ponce de Leon and into right field. ...

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