Astros Series Preview: Houston Astros vs. Rojos del Águila de Veracruz

Dennis Grombkowski

The Astros open 2014 play at Minute Maid Park with a team south of the border, Rojos del Águila de Veracruz.

This weekend the Astros will the Rangers in San Antonio and Rojos del Águila de Veracruz of the Mexican League. The Astros announced the original plans for this match up last September. This comes after the 2013 exhibition season that saw the Rangers play the Diablos Rojos del México. The Astros also signed two players from Diablos Rojos del México, Japhet Amador and Leo Heras. It was reasonable for the Astros continue this connection the Mexican League.

Let's give a little background about the league itself, the Mexican League is considers to be on level with triple-A baseball. Amador has spent much of his time with the Astros in triple-A and Heras was for the majority of the time in double-A Corpus Christi.

How about some useful information for anyone going to the ball games over the weekend? Rojos del Águila de Veracruz translates to Veracruz Red Eagles. The manager is 2-time All-Star Jose Offerman. Tomas Solis, Jose Castillo, and Eliezer Ortiz were selected to the 2013 Mexican League All-Star game. Solis was also the 2012 Mexican League pitcher of the year. The Red Eagles were the 2012 Mexican League Champions.

For reference, here is Veracruz on a map.

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The Astros play in San Antonio on Friday and the majority of the major leaguers will travel to Houston Saturday for the game against Rojos del Águila. We will keep you updated as we get more info on who will playing in the games.

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