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Ex-teammates Bagwell, Ausmus also at service

10/15/2004 - Houston Astros

HOUSTON -- Craig Biggio gave a tearful remembrance and
Houston teammates Jeff Bagwell and Brad Ausmus also were in
attendance Friday at a memorial service for Ken Caminiti.

Astros owner Drayton McLane, general manager Gerry Hunsicker and
manager Phil Garner were at the service at Second Baptist Church,
as were San Diego owner John Moores and GM Kevin Towers.

Caminiti died last Sunday in New York at 41. Tests are being
conducted to determine the cause of death for the 1996 NL MVP. A source in the New York City police department told ESPN's Jeremy Schaap that Caminiti died from a drug overdose, according to preliminary results of his autopsy.

Caminiti spent most of his 15-year career with the Astros and
Padres. He made his major league debut with Houston in 1987.

"He took me under his wing when I got here," Bagwell said.

"Before I went to sleep last night, I was talking to my wife
about our time together," the first baseman said. "I have nothing
but great memories of Cammy -- nothing bad. If you say negative
things about him, you obviously didn't know him."

Bagwell and Ausmus were late to the Astros' afternoon workout at
Minute Maid Park and Biggio was absent.

The Astros plan to honor Caminiti before Game 3 of the NL
championship series Saturday. There will be a moment of silence and
a video tribute, and a spotlight shining outside the ballpark shows
his No. 11.