By Brian McTaggart
Wallace, Castro stay hot in win over Tigers
What happened: The split-squad Astros got a two-run homer from Jason Castro — his second in as many games — and a solo shot from Brett Wallace to pull away from the Tigers for a 9-4 win on Tuesday afternoon at rainy Osceola County Stadium (boxscore).
For the game story and boxcore on the Astros’ 7-2 split-squad loss to the Rays in Port Charlotte.
Wallace tries out tweaks to swing
There were moments when Brett Wallace felt right last season. His stroke was smooth, his swing was solid, and his bat cracked upon contact. Wallace was too often off-balance, though, hitting .253 and striking out 73 times in 66 games.
A strong 2013 spring training could make Wallace the opening-day first baseman. He arrived at Osceola County Stadium prepared for the challenge.