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Friday, April 7, 2000

Terrazas to play in All-Star game in Spain

Staff Writer
PECOS, Apr. 7, 2000 -- Pecos High School junior Daniel Terrazas will be concentrating today and Saturday on earning a berth at the Region I-4A track meet later this month in San Angelo. But this summer, he'll be planning to take an even longer trip, to Europe, to play in a high school All-Star football game in Spain.

Terrazas is making the trip along with other high school players from around the country in late June. The group will leave on June 19 and spend 10 days in Spain before coming home on June 29.

"I'm very excited about the trip to Spain. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance," Terrazas said on Saturday, prior to the West of the Pecos Relays.

Daniel, the son of Johnny and Terry Terrazas, earned Most Valuable Player honors on defense this past season for District 2-4A in his second season as starting linebacker. He also played on the offensive line his sophomore season, and spend time at tight end for Pecos this past year.

Terrazas is going as part of a program similar to the one that Pecos Eagle Lucio Florez was involved in two years ago, when he competed in a track and field event over the summer in Europe. "They sent me a letter at high school," he said, offering the chance to play in the game.

"In my application I sent in my position as linebacker on defense, but if they move me, I'll adapt," Terrazas said, adding he was not sure how the teams would be divided, but the rosters would be made up of players from across the United States.

"I saw the roster, and there are players from New York, Texas, San Diego and all over the United States," he said.

Houston's new field set to benefit hitters

AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON, Apr. 7, 2000 - Pitchers used to get a break when they visited the Houston Astros in the wide-open spaces of the Astrodome. Now, it's the hitters who can't wait to get a crack at the trendy short fences of Enron Field.

The shortest left field in baseball, the 315-foot left field line, and the 326-foot right field line will be inviting targets for the NL Central Division, which became Home Run Central when Cincinnati acquired Ken Griffey Jr. to join Mark McGwire of St. Louis and Sammy Sosa of Chicago.

The Astros host the Philadelphia Phillies tonight in the first regular season game played in the 42,000-seat retractable roof stadium, sitting cozily on the edge of downtown. If three exhibition games at Enron are a guide, this ball park is going to be slugger's turf.

"I think it's going to be a hitter's park, no question," Texas Rangers shortstop Royce Clayton said. "The ball seems to carry really well here. It's just a comfortable feeling. I'd be surprised if you don't see a lot of balls going out of here."

Two exhibition games against the New York Yankees and one with the Rangers produced nine homers. Two went over the left field fence and the other seven went to right. No one has threatened the expansive center field, with a flagpole-topped 30-degree hill rising to the fence 436 feet away.

Astros right fielder Moises Alou has hit the longest ball to center field so far and it was caught in front of the warning track for an easy out.

"I really don't think it's going to be a factor too often," Yankees manager Joe Torre said after examining the new field.

Rangers manager Johnny Oates added: "If center field becomes a factor, somebody's in trouble."

Hitters took liberties with the rest of the fences. Clayton, a speedster with moderate pop, homered in consecutive at-bats last week.

So what's going to happen when the big bashers come calling?

"It's going to be an exciting season here, a real challenge," Astros starting pitcher Jose Lima said. "It's like Wrigley Field, where the wind blows out. This will be a great place to play. I'm not afraid. I've got pretty much of an idea what I have to do. I just have to make some adjustments in my pitching style."

Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell might be the most eager to hit in the Astros' new home. He hit 42 homers last season, 30 of them away from the Astrodome.

"I've said before if Bagwell played in Seattle, he'd have as many home runs as Junior," teammate Craig Biggio said.

The Astros have arranged targets for the big guns. A 422-foot marker has been bolted just below owner Drayton McLane's office on the sixth floor of Union Station, the old train depot behind the left-field fence. The power alleys are an unremarkable 362 feet in left and 373 in right.

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