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Astros bring back OF Hidalgo

Updated: July 12, 2007, 10:20 AM ET
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HOUSTON -- Richard Hidalgo is returning to the place he's had his most success.

Hidalgo, who did not play in the major leagues last season, signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros on Friday with an invitation to spring training.

Originally signed as a free agent by the Astros out of his native Venezuela in 1991, Hidalgo hit .278 with 134 home runs and 465 RBIs in eight seasons with Houston before being traded to the New York Mets in 2004.

"We are very pleased ...

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