KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Houston Astros are starting fresh.
After 213 losses in two years, they won't be burdened by the pressure of expectations - but this season will be unique for them just the same. Houston is moving from the National League Central to the American League West, and although the short term includes some daunting challenges, this franchise is eager to face them.
The last team to lose 106 games for at least three straight seasons was the New York Mets from 1962-65. The Astros lost 107 last year and 106 in 2011. Now they'll have to contend with a division that includes three teams - Oakland, Texas and the Los Angeles Angels - that won at least 89 games last season.