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ESPN picks up Astros' regularseason home finale vs. Angels

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OAKLAND, Calif. - ESPN announced Friday it selected the Astros' Sept. 24 game against the Angels at Minute Maid Park for its final Sunday Night Baseball broadcast of the season, moving the scheduled 110 p.m. start to 705 p.m. The game, which represents the Astros' final home game of the regular season, will mark the third time the Astros will have played on Sunday Night Baseball this season. ESPN televised their May 14 game at Yankee Stadium when the Yankees retired Derek Jeter's No. 2 and also their June 18 home game against the Boston Red Sox. The Astros will travel to Dallas after the Sept 24 game for the start of their final regular-season road trip, which will consist of three games against the Rangers and four against the Red Sox. Although the Astros will all but certainly have clinched the American League West by Sept. 24, the game will still be meaningful for both teams. The Astros will be playing for best record in the AL, which seals home-field advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs, and the Angels will presumably still be battling for a spot in the wild card game. Dan Shulman will call the game on television for ESPN with analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone and reporter Buster Olney. Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will call the game on the ESPN Radio. The Astros (86-53) came into Friday night's series opener at Oakland needing any combination of nine wins or Angels losses to clinch their first division title since 2001. They entered the day only 2.5 games ahead of the Indians (84-56), who had won 15 consecutive games.

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