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Union head criticizes Astros over draft talks

By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS The head of the players' association thinks the Houston Astros have manipulated baseball's rules in an attempt to save money in their negotiations with top draft picks Brady Aiken and Jacob Nix.

Aiken, a left-handed pitcher from San Diego, was selected by Houston with the top pick in last month's amateur draft. Nix, a right-hander from Los Alamitos, California, was taken by the Astros in the fifth round with the 136th pick. Both have committed to UCLA if they don't sign with Houston.

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