The Astros will host the in-state rival Texas Rangers for a four-game set, August 28-31, for the final Lone Star Series play in Houston this season. The two teams will meet one final time in Arlington from September 22-24. Houston currently leads Texas 8-4 in this season's Lone Star Series, and can secure the Silver Boot for the first time since 2006 with two more victories. The Silver Boot will be on display on the main concourse at Minute Maid Park during this series.
Friday, August 29 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Texas
In honor of the Lone Star rivalry, 10,000 fans will take home a Lone Star Series T-shirt, courtesy of Houston Methodist.
Prior to Friday's 7:10 p.m. game, Astros Executive Advisor Nolan Ryan will host several Japanese restaurateurs and winners of a Nolan Ryan Beef promotion for a press conference. Yakiniku Den Restaurants, a Japanese-style BBQ restaurant chain headquartered in Osaka, Japan, recently completed a major promotion of Nolan Ryan Beef in their restaurants. The winners of this promotion, along with the restaurant managers, will be traveling to Houston to meet Nolan Ryan and attend Friday night's ballgame as Ryan's special guests.
Big and Bright Friday Night returns with a postgame Friday Night Fireworks show, presented by Marathon Oil Corporation, following the conclusion of the game vs. the Texas Rangers. This week's show features a "movie magic" themed fireworks display.
Every Friday from 4:30-6:00 p.m. is St. Arnold Happy Hour, featuring $5, 12-ounce beers at the St. Arnold's Bar in left field. This Friday's Happy Hour will also feature live music from Samuel Barker.
Also on Fridays, the Budweiser Patio serves Budweiser Day Fresh Draught, kegged and delivered the same day.
Saturday, August 30 - 6:10 p.m. vs. Texas
The Astros and Rangers have more in common than a state and division rivalry. The two teams share the legacy of one of the greatest baseball families in the country, the Ryan family. Saturday's giveaway will be a double bobblehead of Nolan and Reid Ryan, inspired by the iconic photo of the two taken during Nolan Ryan's time as an Astro. The Reid and Nolan bobblehead, presented by Houston Methodist, will be distributed to 10,000 fans, with 50 lucky fans receiving bobbleheads signed by both Reid and Nolan.
Saturday is also Chevy Military Appreciation Night at Minute Maid Park. The pregame ceremony will feature a military color guard, national anthem, and presentation of the American flag by 40 volunteers in uniform.
Prior to Saturday's contest with the Rangers, Astros slugger Chris Carter, who was named AL Player of the Week earlier this month, will join Astros legend and Community Outreach Executive Jose Cruz for a free autograph session at Texas Bay Area Credit Union, located at 12611 Fuqua St., Houston, TX 77034 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Players subject to change.