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Houston Astros tour the state of Texas to meet and greet fans

By Kyle R. Cotton

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

With the National Football League winding down, Super Bowl 49 on the horizon, and winter soon turning to spring, the Houston Astros are gearing up for spring training.

Before they head to Kissimmee, Florida, they are touring Texas on their annual winter caravan. The Astros will make stops in San Antonio tomorrow from 1:45-2:30 p.m. at the HEB, 20935 US Highway 281 N, and 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Academy Sports and Outdoors, 714 W. Loop 1604 N.

The Astros visiting those locations will be catcher Hank Conger, who will be in his first season with the Astros after signing with the team this off-season; relief pitcher Tony Sipp, who will be in his second year with the Astros after finishing the year with a 4-3 record, 3.38 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 50.2 innings pitched; starting pitching prospect Asher Wojciechowski, who was one of the Astros’ top 10 prospects before injuries kept him out most of the year; former Astro starting pitcher J.R. Richard, who compiled a 107-71 record with 1,493 strikeouts in just 1,606 innings pitched before his career was cut short in 1980 due to a stroke caused by a blood clot in his pitching arm; and former relief pitcher and current Astros radio broadcaster Steve Sparks.

The Astros are coming off a 70-92 record last year, breaking a three-year streak of setting the worst record in franchise history with more than 100 losses.

Astros’ General Manager Jeff Lunhow, in an interview with MLB Network’s Chris Russo, said, “The Astros in my opinion will have a winning record this year. … I believe this is a winning team and I think this is the beginning of many years of winning Astros’ teams.”

The Astros will make stops this week in Alvin, Friendswood, Jersey Village, Brenham, Austin, Kingwood, The Woodlands, Katy, Corpus Christi and Galveston before returning to Minute Maid Park in Houston for Fanfest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, which allows free admission with a voucher from Astros.com.

For more information on the Astros’ Winter Caravan, visit Astros.com, or call 713-259-8000.

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