Astros hope to improve before leaving NL

NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Published:

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Houston Astros are entering their final season before moving to the American League in 2013, and that's not the only transition the franchise is facing. After 106 losses last year, Houston has a new owner, a new general manager and a bit of a clean slate as spring training begins.

Houston's pitchers and catchers have their first workout Monday, and the Astros are eager to put last season behind them as quickly as possible. They never even lost 100 games before 2011.

Change has been swift since then. After the season, the sale of the team from Drayton McLane to Jim Crane was completed, and the Astros agreed to move from the NL Central to the AL West. Jeff Luhnow was then hired to be the team's general manager.