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Astros to play first game at Minute Maid Park since World Series

HOUSTON – The Houston Astros are back in action at Minute Maid Park for the first time since the World Series.

They will play the Brewers in an exhibition game Monday starting at 7:10 p.m.

The team has been working hard in West Palm Beach for spring training since February.

Players said they’re ready to make it count.

The season hasn't even started yet, but fans have high hopes, with many saying the Astros will win back-to-back World Series championships.

“We’re gonna sweep the whole series,” said fan Rose Sparrow. “Yes we’re gonna win.” 

“I like the talk of the repeat but let’s not get greedy. It’s hard to do. It’s hard enough to win one, as you saw. The team has the capability to do it. It has the chemistry to do it. Now we got to go do it,” George Springer said.

Players said everything needs to go right for about six months to make it that far.

“They want to go to our ballpark and beat us. So we got to go out there and play really good baseball,” Carlos Correa said.

“Everybody in here realizes the postseason doesn't start March 29 when the season starts. We’re not back in the World Series right away. We got a long, 162-game schedule to take care of. We got to bring it every single day,” Alex Bregman said.

Tickets were still available for the exhibition game on Monday.

Avery St. Lawrence and her family bought tickets. They are visiting from Michigan to watch Justin Verlander play. 

“He’s been my favorite player since I was like 7. So I had his jersey for a long time and I thought it would be cool to come down here for spring break,” St. Lawrence said. 

The ticket prices are very different from what fans will see on the home opener on April 2.

According to StubHub, a ticket on Monday in section 409 was $6. For opening day, a ticket in the same section is $170.

A seat in a dugout box section 120 was $38 and next Monday it is $518.

A ticket in Diamond Club -- right behind home plate -- for the exhibition game was $300 and for opening day it is $2,500.

The Astros will have another exhibition game at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday.

The team will head to Arlington for the home opener on Thursday against the Rangers.