Astros slugger Carlos Lee lends a hand to Ike victims

HOUSTON Lee's cattle ranch in Wharton, about 60 miles southwest of downtown Houston, wasn't damaged by Hurricane Ike.

But Lee wanted to do something to help those who are suffering from Ike.

Lee, who's out with a broken left pinkie, said he never expected to be a spokesman for the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Lee calls himself a baseball player who loves the ranch.

Texas Department of Agriculture commissioner Todd Staples said as many as 20,000 head of cattle are roaming free in the hurricane ravaged areas.

-- Meanwhile, Astros owner Drayton McLane thinks the biggest problem for the Astros was they were forced to play one day after Ike devastated Houston -- not that their games against the Chicago Cubs were moved to Milwaukee.

McLane spoke after the Lee news conference

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