ROOT Sports to broadcast first Astros game Tuesday

New television home of the Astros will carry four Spring Training games in 2015

HOUSTON, TX - ROOT Sports will broadcast its first Astros game on Tuesday when the Astros visit the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, FL (12:05 pm CT start). It will be the first of four Astros Spring Training telecasts for ROOT Sports. 

The broadcast team of Bill Brown, Alan Ashby, Geoff Blum and Julia Morales returns in 2015. For the award-winning veteran Brown, 2015 marks his 29th season as the Astros primary play-by-play voice on television. Former Astros players Ashby and Blum are each in their third seasons as part of the Astros TV broadcast team. Morales is also in her third season as the Astros TV sideline reporter. 

"As an organization, we are extremely excited about our debut on ROOT Sports, who will be outstanding partners," said Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan. "Tomorrow is a very special day for us and for our great fans. We worked very hard to ensure that Astros games would be available on television to Astros fans in our region. We have an exciting, young team that we know our fans will enjoy watching." 

The Astros are currently 6-3-2 in Spring Training, which is the second-best record in the Grapefruit League thus far. In addition to Tuesday's game vs. the Pirates, ROOT Sports will also telecast the following Astros Spring Training games: March 20 vs. Washington; March 22 vs. Pittsburgh; March 23 vs. Atlanta.