Sideline Report for Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Former Phillies slugger Ryan Howard was released from his minor league contract with the Braves after playing 11 games at Triple-A Gwinnett. (Photo by Will Fagan/Gwinnett Braves)

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Former Phillies slugger Ryan Howard was released from his minor league contract with the Braves after playing 11 games at Triple-A Gwinnett. (Photo by Will Fagan/Gwinnett Braves)

Here’s five things to know on Tuesday:

1. Braves to begin two-game series with Astros

The Braves will play the first of two games against the Houston Astros on Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. from Houston's Minute Maid Park. The second game in the series is scheduled for Wednesday night.

2. Dwight Howard caught speeding morning of Game 6 

Hawks' center Dwight Howard was pulled over in Dunwoody during the early morning of April 28, the day of the Hawks' Game 6 playoff loss to the Washington Wizards. Howard's car was towed after police discovered he was driving without insurance and on a suspended registration.

3. Braves release Ryan Howard

The Braves announced the release of former Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard on Monday. Howard, 37, agreed to a minor league deal with the Braves on April 6. David O'Brien has more on what he calls the experiment that ended before it really began.

4. Q&A with Hawks owner Tony Ressler 

Chris Vivlamore sat down with Atlanta Hawks owner Tony Ressler and asked a few questions about the Hawks' front office changes. Ressler tells Vivlamore the changes are happening now because he didn't want to "delay being better."

5. What did Jason Heyward say in that World Series rain delay speech?

Former Atlanta Braves catcher David Ross writes about his Braves and Chicago Cubs teammate Jason Heyward in his book "Teammate." Among many other stories about Heyward, Ross wrote what exactly Heyward said that jazzed up the Cubs during the 17-minute rain delay in Game Seven of the World Series. "Teammate" comes out today. More on Heyward's rain delay speech on the AJC.com.