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Astros extend general manager Wade's contract

HOUSTON (Reuters) - The Houston Astros have extended general manager Ed Wade's contract by two years, signing him through the 2012 season, the team said on Saturday.

"That shows the confidence that all of us in the organization have for his leadership, his integrity and the direction he's taking the Houston Astros," owner Drayton McLane told Major League Baseball's official website (www.mlb.com).

Wade, 54, is beginning his third full season as the Astros' general manager after being hired in 2007. Houston finished fifth of six teams in the National League's Central Division last season.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Ken Ferris)