Astros launch 'Gear Up' application for sweepstakes

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Astros on Monday announced the launch of "Gear Up with the Houston Astros" application, available on and

Fans can put themselves in the game and gear up for Astros Opening Night on Sunday when they face the Texas Rangers in their first game in the American League. Using the "Gear Up" application, fans create a custom baseball card featuring the newly branded Astros home, away, alternate and batting-practice jerseys and caps. These custom cards can be printed, downloaded and shared via social-media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

After creating their own personalized cards, fans can enter to win an Opening Night sweepstakes, which includes four tickets to Astros Opening Night, four replica Astros jerseys and four Astros caps. The winner will be chosen from eligible entries and will be notified no later than Friday. See official rules on for details.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.