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Sveum was a switch-hitting shortstop for the Brewers and had a 25-homer season before his career was slowed after an outfield collision.

Sale of Astros approved; team will move to AL

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros soon will be playing the American League, and new owner Jim Crane is promising many other changes, too.

Owners unanimously approved the long-delayed sale of the Astros from Drayton McLane to Crane on Thursday, a transaction that requires the team to move from the NL Central to the AL West in 2013.

As part of the Astros’ agreement to switch leagues, the sale price was cut from $680 million to $615 million, a person at the owners meetings in Milwaukee told the Associated Press. Crane said the reported money totals were “fairly accurate.”

Attendance has dwindled, and the team has finished with losing records in the past five seasons. Last year’s 56-106 mark was the worst in franchise history.

The Astros will be the first team to switch leagues since Milwaukee moved to the National League after the 1997 season.

Around the majors

PHILLIES: Philadelphia re-signed backup catcher Brian Schneider to a one-year contract. Schneider, 34, batted .176 with two homers and nine RBI in 41 games. The Phillies were 28-8 in games he started.

TWINS: Veteran infielder Jamey Carroll signed a two-year contract with Minnesota worth at least $6.5 million, a deal announced Wednesday. Carroll will turn 38 before spring training begins, but that didn’t scare away the Twins, who have had four opening day shortstops in the last four years.