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PORT ST. LUCIE Jorge Posada Jersey , Fla. (AP) — After spending his entire career with the Cleveland Indians, Michael Brantley likened joining the Houston Astros to going to a new high school.Those first day butterflies quickly dissipated, and the outfielder is fitting in famously with his new teammates. He has already moved into a leadership role on this veteran team.“One of the best things about this locker room is when I came in, everybody was willing to help and make me feel comfortable and talk,” he said. “You come in every morning, you look around and everybody’s smiling and playing cards, and it’s just a great atmosphere all-around that they created.”The free agent outfielder signed a $32 million http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , two-year contract with Houston in December after spending his first 10 seasons with the Indians.Manager AJ Hinch has admired Brantley and is just as impressed after seeing him up close for the past couple of weeks.“He fits in perfectly,” Hinch said. “He could walk in all 30 clubhouses and immediately garner the respect that he deserves. He’s very professional. He’s very consistent.”Houston wasn’t lacking in veteran leadership with a team which includes Jose Altuve, George Springer, Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel. Brantley has still managed to make a mark.“He’s quickly become a very important person in our clubhouse,” Hinch said. “He’s someone I know our position players will look up to or will look to when it comes to maintaining the balance that it takes to be a position player for us.”The career .295 hitter gives the Astros an upgrade to an outfield anchored by Springer and adds a left-handed bat to a predominantly right-handed lineup. He’s enjoyed camp so far and used it as a chance to bond with his new teammates on and off the field.“The whole goal of spring training is developing a relationship with your teammates and getting comfortable with reads and breaks and just getting back into baseball shape,” he said. “But also learning what the guy wants next to you and learning how you can help and what you can do to make your teammates better.”The three-time All-Star hit .309 with 17 homers, 36 doubles and 76 RBIs in 143 games last season Johnny Damon Jersey , making 134 starts in left field. His best season came in 2014, when he finished third in AL MVP voting after hitting 20 homers with 97 RBIs — both career highs.He’s excited about the possibility of helping the Astros win another World Series after they took their first title in 2017. And with the group of guys he’s joining, he will be careful to simply be himself instead of trying to do too much to wow his new teammates.“You know how good everybody is in this locker room so I’m just going to come in and try to do exactly what I’m doing, and if that helps the team win games that’s all I care about,” he said. PHOENIX (AP) — It didn’t take long for the Milwaukee Brewers to start enjoying the benefits of a $60 million renovation to their spring training facility.As rain fell in Phoenix on Thursday, Milwaukee’s pitchers and catchers headed out to new covered mounds for the first official bullpen session of the spring.“It’s awesome,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s absolutely remarkable.”The upgrade is one of the few things that’s new for the Brewers as they begin their quest to defend their National League Central Division title. With few exceptions — most notably catcher Yasmani Grandal — the players in the new clubhouse Thursday morning were the same ones who left the home clubhouse at Miller Park wondering what might have been after a Game 7 loss to the Dodgers in the NLCS.Still Masahiro Tanaka Jersey , Counsell was quick to point out that while last year was special, it’s a new year with new challenges and goals.“This team — underline ‘this’ — hasn’t accomplished anything yet,” Counsell said. “This is a new team and we kind of have to make our own tracks here.”That will include new roles for some of Milwaukee’s returning players.Erik Kratz will open camp third on the catching depth chart behind Grandal and Manny Pina, leaving him likely to open the regular season in Triple-A. It’s a difficult situation for someone who contributed down the stretch as much as Kratz did, but Counsell was confident the 39-year-old journeyman could handle the challenge.“He’s seen a lot, he understands a lot and he’s capable of handling a lot,” Counsell said. “That’s why he’s still going strong at age 39 — because he’s able to adapt.”Right-hander Junior Guerra will get stretched out during camp but appears headed for a bullpen role once the season begins. Guerra lost his spot in the rotation after allowing four runs over three innings of a 9-4 victory over the Nationals on Sept. 2 but closed the season strong Paul O'Neill Jersey , throwing six scoreless innings of relief and another 4 2/3 scoreless innings in the postseason.Nearly everybody reported to camp healthy and ready to go. Left-hander Brent Suter, recovering from Tommy John surgery, is Milwaukee’s only unavailable player at this point, while right-hander Jimmy Nelson is set to throw his first official bullpen session Friday and infield prospect Mauricio Dubon is as close to full strength as possible after tearing his ACL last May.“We’re in a really healthy spot,” Counsell said. “So far, so good.”

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