Happy Birthday to ~
C Victor Tavarez (18)
Tavarez was just signed out of the Dominican Republic in July and has not played professionally yet.
Former Astros with birthdays today ~
RHP Dave Borkowski (36)
Originally drafted by the Tigers in the 11th round in 1995, Borkowski signed with Houston as a free agent in December 2005. In 130 games for Houston from 2006 to 2008, he had a 5.44 ERA and a 1.517 WHIP before retiring to coach for the organization. In 2013, he will continue as pitching coach at the Low A level as the team moves from Lexington to Quad Cities. Aside from baseball, Dave and his wife Jill have a passion for helping animals. They started the photo calendars featuring Astros players with pets to raise money for animal groups and encourage adoptions, and were featured in this USA today article back in October 2011 focusing on their charitable endeavors and hands-on work to help and protect animals.
LHP Juan Pizarro (76)
Pizarro came to Houston from the Cubs in July 1973 and pitched in 15 games for the Astros that season with a 6.56 ERA and a 1.671 WHIP. Pizarro played in 18 major league seasons for eight different teams with a career 3.43 ERA and 1.325 WHIP. He was a two-time All-Star for the White Sox in 1963 and 1964 and he won a World Series with the Milwaukee Braves in 1957.