Springer, World Series champ Astros top Texas 4-1 in opener

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It is the second year in a row that Springer led off the Astros opener with a homer, making him the first player in Major League Baseball history to ever do that in consecutive seasons, according to Elias. Sure, Cashner didn't light the world on fire with a.500 record, but he did post a 3.40 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, his best numbers since 2014, which doesn't help a starting rotation that was lacking depth outside of team ace Cole Hamels and maybe Martin Perez.

The Houston Astros did something unorthodox during Thursday's Opening Day game with the Texas Rangers - they implemented a four-man outfield with Joey Gallo at the plate. One of those expectations is to keep up with the Astros in the American League West division.

Verlander is pitching on opening day for the 10th time in 11 seasons.

Verlander has had success of his own against Texas in his career, and was nothing but money when he took the mound for the Astros last season. not to mention that the Astros are pretty much bringing back the entire lineup from last season. While the they aren't necessarily expected to be among the top World Series contenders, to suggest 45 wins as a benchmark for this season is pretty silly.

The defending World Series champs open their title defense with an in-state game against the Rangers. "That's a pretty good recipe for success".

HOUSTON STARTER LHP DALLAS KEUCHEL (14-5, 2.90) was 3-1 with a 2.92 ERA for four starts against the Rangers last season.

Hamels (11-6, 4.20 ERA last season) will be making his fourth career opening day start and his second in three years for the Rangers.

Denard Span hit a three-run triple off Carson Smith with two outs in the eighth inning as Tampa Bay earned a comeback victory against visiting Boston.

Game two between the Rangers and the Astros is tonight at 7:05 at Globe Life Park. "I used the routine from the past couple years to get to this point, and it's become kind of second nature to me now".

Get there early: All fans will be required to undergo Major League Baseball-mandated metal detection screening before entering the ballpark.

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