HOUSTON - Major League Baseball announced that the Astros will host the 2014 Civil Rights Game and a series of related events developed by MLB to pay tribute to those who fought on and off the field for equal rights for all Americans.
Commissioner Bud Selig announced the game and says the Astros have "demonstrated a substantial commitment to supporting diversity throughout our industry."
The regular season game will be played against the Baltimore Orioles on May 30, 2014, at Minute Maid Park. The game will be nationally televised on MLB Network.
"The Astros are honored to host the 2014 Civil Rights Game," Jim Crane, Owner & Chairman of the Houston Astros, said in a statement. "We have been pleased to support Major League Baseball's many initiatives over the past two seasons and look forward to continuing to do so."
Additional Civil Rights Game activities include the MLB Beacon Awards luncheon, a baseball & the civil rights movement roundtable discussion, and a youth baseball and softball clinic.
It will be the eighth annual installment of the game. It began in Memphis in 2007 as an exhibition game and was hosted last season by the White Sox.
Ticket sales and more information on the 2014 Civil Rights Game and events will be made available at a later date on MLB.com/civilrightsgame and Astros.com/civilrightsgame.
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