KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - There hasn't been much to be optimistic about for the Astros as they piled up 324 losses over the last three seasons.
But spring training is a time for hope and Houston has plenty of that as the team expects to start turning things around in 2014.
Second-year manager Bo Porter says: ``It's our goal to be the most improved team in major league baseball (and) I believe ... we have the group together and we can actually accomplish that.''
The Astros expect to get a boost from some prospects who should be major-league ready this season. And they think the young guys who got their first major-league experience last year will be much better, too. Porter also believes the revamped bullpen will help get things on track.