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Super Sunday Astros Crawfish Boil: November 23, 2014

Astros news and notes from the past week.

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Good morning boys and girls, how are you? Good? Ready for Thanksgiving? The Astros are ready with their 40-Man roster for the Rule-5 draft. It will be interesting to see what happens next, until then here are some links to hold you over.

Astros prospect Mark Appel got the ol' sunflower seed shower during an AFL in-game interview |
The grand tradition of baseball players showering one another with sunflower seeds during in-game interviews is not restricted simply to MLB games. Take, for example, the Arizona Fall League Championship between the Peoria Javelinas and the Salt River Rafters.

Orbit a hit with locals in Tokyo |
TOKYO -- Shibuya Crossing is one of the most helter-skelter places on earth, an area of Tokyo where five major crosswalks converge and the pedestrian lights all turn green at the same time.

Altuve's hot bat can't be contained in Japan |
Jose Altuve began the Japan All-Star Series on the bench, but he finished it as one of the MLB All-Stars' hottest hitters.

Hal Lanier named Ottawa Champions manager; team signs Sebastien Boucher (with video) | Ottawa Citizen
Hal Lanier has seen a lot of baseball in his 72 years. In 1964 he joined the San Francisco Giants where he patrolled the infield. On that team was Willie McCovey in left, Juan Marichal on the mound, Orlando Cepeda at first base and, of course, Willie Mays in centre.

Former Otero baseball player signs with Astros - News - LA Junta Tribune - La Junta, CO - La Junta, CO
Former Otero Junior College pitcher Dylan James signed a contract with the Houston Astros last week.

Altuve puts final touches on impressive Japan trip |
Jose Altuve wrapped up his trip to Japan by going 1-for-5 with a walk and a run in Thursday's 6-4 loss to Samurai Japan in an exhibition game at Okinawa Cellular Stadium.

Harris County officials vote to wash Astrodome |
Houston's historic Astrodome is set to receive a scrubbing.

Back to school: Berkman hits the books at Rice |
Alyson Footer talks with Lance Berkman about his return to Rice University.

New ownership has big plans for Skeeters | Fort Bend Southwest Star Newspaper
Bob and Marcie Zlotnik have begun sole ownership of the Sugar Land Skeeters with the enthusiasm of rookies on the first day of Spring Training and the experience of many years in entrepreneurship and business.