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Astros News and Notes for April 30, 2014

A look at some Astros stories from around the web.

Bob Levey

I admit I'm little burnt out from last night's game, my mental capacity for creating a narrative has been zapped.  In place of that, here are a few Astros stories outside the play on the field - Reid Ryan working hard for the fanbase, the company behind the Astros marketing design speaks, and Brian McTaggart empties his notebook.

Astros mourn passing of former scout Matthews | News
A moment of silence was held prior to Tuesday's game at Minute Maid Park following the death of Walt Matthews, who served the Astros as a scout, Minor League manager and Minor League player from 1961-2012. He was 72.

Astros love Louisiana fans - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Since the 1960s, the Houston Astros have entertained fans of all ages, including those here in Southwest Louisiana. Astros President Reid Ryan tells me the team continues it's marketing efforts to Cajuns.

Houston Astros Hit a Homer with ZapBoomBang in New Campaign -- HOUSTON, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
HOUSTON, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Houston Astros Hit a Homer with ZapBoomBang in New Campaign.

Finally, Nolan Ryan making a little girl's day...