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Drake to host Houston Appreciation Weekend

HOUSTON -- Grammy Award-winning artist Drake will host the three-day Houston Appreciation Weekend with a special Houston Appreciation Night at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, June 12.

The Appreciation Night at Minute Maid Park will include a pregame ceremony, along with several other events geared to benefit local, youth-based charities.

More than 50 children from the Houston Urban Youth Academy and RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program will have a chance to be on the field with Drake for a meet-and-greet that will include dinner and tickets to the game.

There will be a Drake Section at Minute Maid Park, where the ticket sales in the section will benefit a local charity of Drake's choosing. Those who buy tickets in the section will receive a Houston Appreciation Night T-shirt.

Drake has sold more than 5 million albums and has had 12 No. 1 singles.

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

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