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Altuve had three hits Thursday to raise his batting average to .417 this spring.

Altuve doubled among his three hits and also drove in a run and stole a base against the Tigers. The reigning AL batting champion enters 2015 as one of the top fantasy options at second base this season.

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Altuve won't play in any Grapefruit League games until Saturday, as Astros manager A.J. Hinch wants to ease his veterans into action this spring, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

The 2014 AL batting champion will be spectator for the Astros' Grapefruit League opener against Philadelphia on Thursday, as Marwin Gonzalez will man the keystone and bat second in his stead.

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With two hits during Sunday's season-ending loss to the Mets, Altuve secured the AL batting title with a .341 batting average.

The 24-year-old second baseman became the first Astros player to capture the batting crown, finishing six points ahead of runner-up Victor Martinez (.335). Altuve led the majors with 225 hits, most by second baseman in a single season since 1936. His 67 multi-hit games also led the league, while his 56 stolen bases were tops in the AL. Quite simply, Altuve had one of the greatest offensive seasons in club history.

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Updating a previous report, Altuve is back in the starting lineup Sunday against the Mets.

Altuve was originally in line to sit Sunday's finale, but the 24-year-old approached interim manager Tom Lawless prior to the game, and "was passionate about playing" with his batting title on the line. He'll replace Marwin Gonzalez at the keystone, presumably batting second in the order.

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Altuve is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.

Altuve and most of the rest of the Astros' regulars will get the day off on the season's final day. By not playing Sunday, he will almost certainly lock up the AL batting title, as his .340 average currently sits three points better than Victor Martinez's mark.

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Altuve went 1-for-3 with a walk and two stolen bases during Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.

Altuve leads the AL with 56 steals and will finish the season as the category leader since Jacoby Ellsbury (39 steals) has been shut down and Jarrod Dyson (36) is too far off the lead with only four calendar days remaining in the regular season.

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Altuve set an Astros record for hits in a season Tuesday by going 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored in a 4-2 loss to the Indians.

Altuve surpassed Craig Biggio's club record of 210 hits set in 1998 with a single in the seventh inning off Indians starter Corey Kluber. The two-hit performance was his sixth straight multi-hit game and raised his batting average to .343 for the season.

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Altuve recorded his fifth consecutive multi-hit game in Monday's 3-1 win over the Indians, going 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored.

He was also caught stealing in the game, but moved within one hit of tying Craig Biggio's franchise record for a single season. Altuve has 63 multi-hit games this season, which leads the majors.

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Altuve had two hits and a walk in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Angels.

The two-time All-Star leads the major leagues in hits (206) and batting average (.339), while his 52 stolen bases rank third. Not only is Altuve two and a half weeks away from becoming the Astros' first batting champion, he's five hits shy of breaking Craig Biggio's single-season club record.

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Altuve went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday's loss to the Angels.

Altuve, who is hitting a remarkable .338 for the season, picked up two hits again for the third game in a row and now finds himself six hits away from Craig Biggio's 1998 Houston Astros franchise record of 210 hits in a season.