HOUSTON A source has confirmed to KHOU 11 Sports that the City of Houston and the Houston Astros have been awarded the 2014 MLB Civil Rights Game.

The team is expected to make the announcement next week. Houston mayor Annise Parker along with Owner Jim Crane and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson will be in attendance.

The game, which was started back in 2007, served as the unofficial end of Spring Training. However, in 2009, Major League Baseball assigned the game to a regular season contest.

Last year, the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers, 3-2, at US Cellular Field in Chicago.
The game is intended to honor the history of African American players in baseball. Celebrities and former players have attended each of the previous games.

The Astros have stepped up their efforts since Jim Crane took over the team to strengthen inner city parks and urban youth leagues around Houston.

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