It’s all business for Marwin Gonzalez against ex-Astros teammates

Former Astros player Marwin Gonzalez said he exchanged calls and text messages this week with three former teammates on topics that had nothing to do with the Astros-Twins wild card series beginning Tuesday at Target Field.



a baseball player holding a bat: Marwin Gonzalez (center) returned to Houston with the Twins last season after playing seven years with the Astros. He started at third base Tuesday in the Astros-Twins wild-card series opener at Minneapolis.


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Marwin Gonzalez (center) returned to Houston with the Twins last season after playing seven years with the Astros. He started at third base Tuesday in the Astros-Twins wild-card series opener at Minneapolis.


One player, Gonzalez said, wanted to know if there was a barber at the Astros’ team hotel. Two more checked in to express their displeasure with the weather in Minneapolis, where the game-time temperature was expected to be in the low 60s.

Gonzalez was scheduled to start Tuesday at third base, which would position him in front of the Astros’ dugout, in the absence of injured Josh Donaldson. However, he said he didn’t expect much

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