Search for Astros buyer widens

April 28, 1991

The Houston Sports Association expanded its efforts yesterday to find a buyer for the Astros because no suitable local buyer had been found.

HSA said in a statement that its shareholders decided to broaden "national marketing efforts to find an out-of-state buyer," and to meet with the ownership committee of Major League Baseball and National League owners to determine the best ways of selling the team.

* ATHLETICS: Due to come of the disabled list today, Rickey Henderson remaineed in a wait-and-see mood after and extended workout yesterday.

Henderson, who has missed the past 13 games with a strained muscle in his left calf, took two turns of batting practice, ran sprints in the infield and lifted weights.

"When I wake up (this morning) maybe I'll know," Henderson said. "(The injury) is getting better. It feels pretty good, but I know I ain't 100 percent. I'll play if I can go out there, but I'm not going to re-injure it."

Manager Tony La Russa said Henderson would be activated only if he is physically ready to start.

*ALCOHOL: Beer, wine and liquor sales have dropped at major league baseball stadiums since alcohol-management programs were put into effect in 1987, a new report shows.

In 10 ballparks, vendors cannot sell beer in the stands. In all but three of 26 stadiums, alcohol cannot be sold after a certain point, usually the seventh inning.

The Milwaukee Brewers, Montreal Expos and Astros are the only teams without a cutoff.

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