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Two Victoria baseball teams have made schedule changes for Tuesday night. East baseball has moved up its start time against Terry in 27-5A action at Riverside Stadium to 6:15. UHV baseball will now host Texas College at Riverside Stadium in Red River Conference action Friday and Saturday. Friday's single game will be at 5:00. Saturday's doubleheader starts at noon.

The scheduled spring training finale between the Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds was canceled because of inclement weather Tuesday.
    
Rangers officials announced the decision several hours before the scheduled first pitch of the day game, when it was already raining. There was a significant chance of more rain and possibly thunderstorms throughout the afternoon.
    
Both teams open the regular season at home Thursday.
    
The Reds were headed back to Cincinnati, where there is a chance of rain for their opener against the Washington Nationals. The rainy weather is supposed to clear out of North Texas before the Rangers open a four-game series against the World Series champion Houston Astros.
    
 

New York Yankees star Aaron Judge is switching his equipment supplier to Adidas from Under Armour.
    
Adidas said Tuesday it had agreed to a multiyear partnership with the AL Rookie of the Year, who set a rookie record with 52 home runs last season.
    
Judge came up to the major leagues with the Yankees in August 2016 and homered in his first plate appearance. He has been wearing Adidas equipment since the start of spring training last month.
     Top Astros prospect Kyle Tucker hit a grand slam in his first-ever at-bat at Minute Maid Park to lift Houston over the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 in an exhibition game Monday night.
    
Tucker, the fifth overall pick in the 2015 draft, went deep in the seventh inning after replacing Josh Reddick in left field. It was Tucker's fifth homer of the spring and gives him 21 RBIs and a .439 average.
    
Reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve had two hits, and Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed his first runs since March 11 by giving up two with three hits. He also struck out three in three innings.
    
Christian Yelich drove in two runs for Milwaukee. The outfielder was acquired this offseason from the Marlins and leads the Brewers with 12 RBIs heading into the final game before opening day.
    
Brewers starter Brent Suter bounced back from recent struggles with five innings of one-run ball. He stuck out seven and had no walks, a big turnaround after allowing 10 runs in his previous 8 2/3 innings.
    
GURRIEL MAKING PROGRESS
    
Less than a month after having the hook of the hamate bone removed from his left hand, Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel is close to returning.
    
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Gurriel hit again Monday morning, and the team hopes to get him into game competition at minor league spring training in the next day or two.
    
"Right now he's trending in a good direction that he's pain free," Hinch said. "He's taking good swings. He's facing live competition in terms of the high-velocity machine. So far so good."
    
The team will decide by opening day whether to put Gurriel on the disabled list or have him join the team. Once with the team, Gurriel will begin serving his five-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball during the World Series last year. The suspension was for an inappropriate gesture directed at former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish.
    
UP NEXT
    
Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (2-0, 2.38 ERA) starts against Houston on Tuesday in his final tune-up before the regular season. In his last start, Davies gave up no runs in five innings against Kansas City.
    
Astros: RHP Charlie Morton (1-1, 6.92 ERA) will try to bounce back in his final start of the preseason Tuesday. Last time out, Morton gave up nine runs and 11 hits against Miami on Thursday.
    
 

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