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Astros learning to be aggressive on basepaths


JUPITER, Fla. -- The Astros have not been shy about stealing bases early in Spring Training, and they've had great success doing so.

The team entered play Monday 6-for-6 in attempts, with six different players -- Trevor Crowe, Delino DeShields, Marwin Gonzalez, Tyler Greene, Jose Martinez and Justin Maxwell -- recording a stolen base.

"We want our players to be aggressive and we want to provide them with information that allows them to be aggressive," manager Bo Porter said. "Like I explained to the whole team, everyone has the green light."

Houston last year was led by second baseman Jose Altuve, who swiped 33 bases. As a team, the Astros were sixth in the National League with 105 steals.

Porter said it's not necessarily a reflection of his style as manager, but mostly him allowing players to be aggressive during Spring Training games, and also putting some of the team's best skills to work.

"I think what he's doing is getting to know his own team and utilizing Spring Training for the original purpose, which is to try things out and see what works with our team and our personnel," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "You don't want to give away all your secrets during Spring Training, but you certainly want to try different things."

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