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MLB, HOUSTON ASTROS TO OFFICIALLY LAUNCH THE 2012 URBAN INVITATIONAL IN HOUSTON WITH RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AT SYLVESTER TURNER PARK

WHO: Jimmie Lee Solomon – Executive Vice President, Baseball Development, Major League Baseball
Jimmy Wynn – Former Houston Astros All-Star Outfielder
Sylvester Turner – Representative, Texas House of Representatives
Daryl Wade – Manager, Houston Astros Urban Youth Academy
*Members of Participating Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

WHAT: Major League Baseball and the Houston Astros will officially launch the 2012 Urban Invitational with a special ribbon cutting ceremony at the Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy at Sylvester Turner Park. The annual, round-robin collegiate baseball tournament is being held in Houston for the first time in its five-year history.

The Houston Astros Urban Youth Academy at Sylvester Turner Park will be the primary site of the tournament on Friday, February 17th and Sunday, February 19th while the games on Saturday, February 18th will be played at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. Two of those contests will air live on MLB Network and MLB.com.

The Urban Invitational is designed to give HBCUs and their baseball programs national exposure and will feature five HBCUs, – the most-ever in the tournament’s history. HBCUs Alabama State University (Montgomery, Alabama), Grambling State University (Grambling, Louisiana), Southern University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, Texas) and Texas Southern University (Houston, Texas) will all participate in the Urban Invitational along with NCAA Division-I school University of California, Irvine.

WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2012 10:00 a.m. CT *Media Check-in: 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. CT

WHERE: Sylvester Turner Park, 2800 West Little York in Houston, Texas (Media Entrance: 2801 Victory Drive)

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CONTACT:
Steven Arocho, Major League Baseball, (718) 614-3487, steven.arocho@mlb.com
Ariel Williams, Major League Baseball, (860) 810-3064, ariel.williams@mlb.com
Steve Grande, Houston Astros, (713) 259-8990 sgrande@astros.com

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