Houston, TX - The Houston Astros baseball club announced the launch of "Gear Up with the Houston Astros" application, available on Astros.com and Facebook.com

  "Gear Up" on Astros Facebook: http://bit.ly/AstrosGearUp

  "Gear Up" on Astros.com: www.Astros.com/gearup

  Fans can put themselves in the game and gear up for Astros and MLB Opening Night on March 31, 2013, as they begin their inaugural season in the American League when they face in-state rival, the Texas Rangers. Using the "Gear Up" application, fans create a custom baseball card featuring the newly branded Astros home, away, alternate and batting practice jerseys and caps. These custom cards can be printed, downloaded and shared via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest .

  After creating their own personalized cards, fans can enter to a win an Opening Night sweepstakes which includes four tickets to Astros Opening Night, four replica Astros jerseys and four Astros caps. The winner will be chosen from eligible entries and will be notified no later than Friday, March 29. See official rules on Astros.com for details. This application is optimized for desktop use.

  There are four simple steps to creating a Houston Astros custom baseball card:

Step 1:  Upload an existing photo.

Step 2:  Select a jersey. Choose from the batting practice, home (white), alternate (orange), or away (grey) jersey.

Step 3:  Select a cap. Select from the blue, orange or blue hat with orange brim.

Step 4: Choose a border. Customize the card with 2013 themes, "It's a Whole New Ballgame," "Houston Astros," or  "Inaugural AL Season."

Step 5:  Share the custom creation with friends via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest , print or download the baseball card.