Odds and ends

• Porter said Hall of Fame football coach Bill Parcells will pay him a visit on Monday in Jupiter, Fla., and Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. The two have been friends, and Parcells lives in the area and visits Porter when the Astros are in that part of the state.

• Special assistant Craig Biggio, who came up two votes shy of reaching the Hall of Fame this year, will spend a couple of days at camp beginning Monday. It will be the first of two trips to camp for Biggio, who is the team's all-time leader in games played, hits, runs scored and doubles.

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