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Astros weekend roundup: Dog Day roundup, and a new Twitter for the seamhead population.

The sight of hundreds of dogs walking around the warning track is entertaining enough, but the added element of the sparkly doggie costume only enhances the festive nature of Dog Day at Minute Maid Park.

Whether it’s sunglasses and rock star fur-dos or the Astros logo shaved onto a dog’s side, this promotion always brings out the creativity in our dog-loving fanbase that participates in the Pooch Parade every year.

The promotion is popular among players as well — spotted at the Pooch Parade were Bailey Brutus Norris, Harley Johnson, Sophie Buck and Daisy Bogusevic. (I think there’s a trend among your Astros, considering the majority of their pups are of the bulldog variety.)

Bud and Bailey Brutus Norris.

Travis and Summar Buck and Sophie.

Chris Johnson and Harley.

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Sunday’s ceremonial first pitch involved a Cocker Spaniel named Jenny, a foster dog who was diagnosed with bone cancer last December. With the help of the volunteers at the Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas, Jenny created a bucket list and since then has made appearances throughout Texas helping to bring attention to the program and raise awareness for animal rescue.


With the help of retired NASA astronaut Michael J. Forman, Jenny was at Minute Maid Park on Dog Day to check the final box on her bucket list, a ceremonial “first fetch” with the Astros.

Starting pitcher Lucas Harrell was more than accommodating:


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The amount of statistical information available these days to not only teams, but also to the fans who follow them, can be a little overwhelming. But if you’re a seamhead, you can’t get enough of it: the WAR, the VORP, the OPS, the BABIP…and if you know what they actually mean, you’re even more ahead of the game.

In other words, you’d fit in well with the Astros’ baseball operations staff.

To share their insights, select staffers on the baseball side have created a new Twitter handle: @AstrosAnalysis. They’ll post info they find interesting, whether it’s a cool stat or a detailed article that breaks it all down, seamhead style.

Give them a follow if you please…

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Players and their pooches to gather at Minute Maid Park. Life is ruff.

Rollie Castro

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about ballplayers over the years, it’s they’re unwaveringly loyal to two groups: their moms, and their dogs.

Dog Day at Minute Maid Park is this Sunday, May 6, and you can bet you’ll see Bailey Brutus Norris, Rollie Castro, Harley Johnson and Sophia May Buck in attendance. They might linger around the Astros dugout a while, but for good reason: their owners (fathers?) play for your Astros, and they’re more than a little excited for this doggone fun promotion.

Rollie Castro, named after the Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers, is a rambunctious little guy who covered a lot of territory in the outfield at Minute Maid Park once the leash came off. Bailey Norris is still learning how to fetch — he’s got the running-after-the-ball part down pat, but once he gets to the ball, he just keeps running. They’re working on it.

As for Harley Johnson and Sophia May Buck, drooling and snorting appear to be their top two favorite activities, followed by drinking water, finding shade and fighting over a pink frisbee.

What a week.

Dog Day on Sunday will begin with the Pooch Parade around the field, which gives owners and their dogs an opportunity to flaunt their Sunday best while being captured on the giant scoreboard. (Pooch poopie picker-uppers will follow in the back, just in case.)

Dog Day offers two price packages. The $40 Dog Day Bullpen Box Package includes two Bullpen Box tickets — one for the owner, one for the pup, with access into the “Barking ROom Only” section in Conoco Alley. The tickets also include entrance to the Dog Zone at KBR Plaza and the Pooch Parade.

The $20 dog Standing Room Only ticket includes SRO tickets for you and your dog, plus access to the “Barking Room Only” area in Conoco Alley, the Dog Zone in KBR Plaza and the Pooch Parade.

To order tickets, click here. And when you’re parading around the warning track, be sure to look for your Astros players and their pups. Woof!

Jason Castro and his dog, Rollie, during a calm moment (there weren’t a lot of those).

Bailey Brutus Norris and his pal, Bud.

Chris Johnson, Travis Buck and their snortin’ bulldogs.

Ruff! Ruff! Ruff! for your Astros

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Morning roundup: Bagwell debuts on ‘Grey’s’, single game tickets on sale, and Bobblehead news.

The only connection that ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy has to our fair city of Houston, that I can think of, is Chandra Wilson, who plays the outspoken yet lovable Dr. Miranda Bailey and has been a staple of the show since it first aired six years ago. She grew up in Houston, attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and performed at a very young age at the Theatre Under the Stars.

I have no idea if Wilson’s allegiance to her hometown had anything to do with Jeff Bagwell getting a mention on last night’s show — in fact, it’s highly doubtful, considering Wilson is not one of the show’s writers — but it was pretty cool nonetheless.

I was well on my way to falling into a wonderful Ambien-induced slumber when the scene aired, so forgive me if the details are fuzzy. Scene: two guys, both of whom seemed to be fighting over Teddy, got to talking amongst themselves. One of them had briefly pitched in the Major Leagues. Guy 1 to Guy 2: “Did you ever pitch to Jeff Bagwell?” Guy 2 to Guy 1: “Once. It wasn’t pretty.”

That would be the second time the Astros have been mentioned on a hit medical drama. Remember back in 1997 when “ER” aired a live episode? The Astros-Cubs game was playing in the background. It happened to be the night the Astros clinched the division, and if I remember correctly, Brad Ausmus’s home run was playing when the cameras panned on the television.

So, even if our guys are sometimes ignored on the national sports landscape, it’s nice to know we’ve got the prime time, hospital-themed drama market cornered.

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Single-game tickets go on sale today at 9 a.m. CT and can be purchased online at astros.com, at the Astros Spanish website, astrosdehouston.com, at the ballpark Box Office on Texas Avenue or by phone toll free at 1-877-9ASTROS (1-877-927-8767).

You can find a full list of promotional giveaways on astros.com, but here are a few highlights to whet your whistle:

On Opening Day (April 8), the Astros are giving away 2011 schedule magnets to the first 40,000 fans. Michael Bourn Bobbleheads — celebrating his second consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Award — will be given away on April 10.

The Astros are hosting two Dog Days this year: April 17, and Sept. 9. Fans can enjoy the game with their canine friends in designated areas of the ballpark and partake in in a pregame “Pooch Parade.” (Complete with real-live poopie picker-uppers.)

The Astros will again “Play Green” in 2011 and will celebrate Green Week April. 26-May 1. A reusable grocery tote bag will be given away on April 28, followed by a Play Green Bobblehead featuring Play Green ambassador Hunter Pence (April 30).

In early May, the Astros will celebrate Pink in the Park Week (May 9-15) as the ballclub raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research. A variety of events, including a Ladies Golf Tournament, Brunch and Bazaar, Ladies Night (May 13) and Wine and Cheese Night (May 14) are planned. Giveaways that weekend include a Pink Tote Bag (May 13), and a bobblehead featuring Chris Johnson with a pink bat (May 14), which has become synonymous with the league-wide commitment to women’s health and breast cancer research.

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FanFest will take place Opening weekend, April 8-10. We’ll reveal the details as it gets closer, but among the highlights will be current player and alumni autograph sessions, Talkin’ Baseball seminars and silent auctions.

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On to today’s links:

MLB.com

In Brian McTaggart’s notes roundup, we learn that Ryan Rowland-Smith has chucked his signature glasses in favor of contact lenses and that Jeff Keppinger hopes to get his walking boot off by next week.

Tags also features a brash and bold Brett Myers, now a senior member of the starting staff.

Chronicle

Justice: Jason Castro gets high praise from coaches

I thought it was interesting, but not at all surprising, that it was pitching coach Brad Arnsberg who first took Castro into the video room to study opposing hitters and also familiarize himself with his battery partner for that day’s game. Arnie spends hours studying tape in that video room and apparently pitchers aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits.

Zachary Levine tackles Bud’s stomach flu, Pence’s day in Arizona and prospect Delino DeShields Jr.’s pending day in court.

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