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Day Picked up by Astros

July 3, 2012 - American Association (AA) - Grand Prairie AirHogs News Release

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - When Independence Day rolls around on Wednesday Lance Day will no longer be in independent baseball, as the Houston Astros have purchased the righty pitcher's contract from the Grand Prairie AirHogs on Tuesday.

Day, who went 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA in four starts with Grand Prairie, will report to the Astros' short-season A affiliate in the New-York Penn League, the Tri-City ValleyCats of Troy, N.Y.

Day's fourth and final AirHogs appearance saw him beat Amarillo 8-1 on Monday, going seven innings, allowing one run on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

The 22-year-old pitched the last two seasons of his collegiate career at UT-Arlington, going 12-3 with a 2.98 ERA in his senior season before joining the AirHogs mid-June.

Day is the first AirHogs player signed by a Major League organization in 2012.

The 2011 American Association Champion Grand Prairie AirHogs now face the Central Division-leading Wichita Wingnuts for a four-game series starting on Tuesday, July 3, at 6:05 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER START TIME). All fans in attendance can use their ticket to the Pat Green concert at Lone Star Park. All games are aired live and for free on Ustream by clicking on the link on the AirHogs' home page or visiting with selected contests aired on Time Warner Cable's Texas Channel. For information on tickets, promotions, advertising, and other opportunities with the AirHogs, check out the Web site at, or call the QuikTrip Park office at (972) 504-9383.

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