Springer, World Series champion Astros top Rangers 4-1 in opener

01 April, 2018, 02:36 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Nomar Mazara right fielder for the Texas Rangers

It's MLB Opening Day and it's time to kick off the 2018 season with the World Series Champion Houston Astros visiting the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers are 24-22 in home openers, and it will be the fourth time they face a World Series victor in the first game of the season.

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.

Houston Astros Starting Pitcher Dallas Keuchel said, "Well it's the regular season so it all counts and to me this place is special since it's so close to home".

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Keuchel (0-1) allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings for the defending champs, who had a five-game winning streak against Texas after taking the season opener. (7-4, 4.25 ERA in 2017) against Texas left-hander Matt Moore (6-15, 5.52 ERA in 2017) in the third game of the series on Saturday afternoon.

With Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre on base with two outs in the sixth, Verlander struck out young slugger Nomar Mazara with a 96mph fastball on his 90th and final pitch. But Opening Day could also be a nightmare for people trying to find parking near all the Globe Life Field construction. "His impact alone is going to be pretty special".

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said the message to his team is to get back to the style of baseball the team played when it won back-to-back division titles. They used it against Rangers left-handed hitter Joey Gallo. Bregman even recorded an out on a high popup to left.

Verlander (1-0) pitched six scoreless innings with five strikeouts to earn the win over the Rangers on Thursday. Lefty Cole Hamels has his second Opening Day start for the Texas Rangers and his 4th career Opening Day start. He is 6-0 with a 0.90 ERA in his six regular-season starts since his last-minute approval of a trade from the Detroit Tigers last August 31 that made him eligible for the Astros' postseason roster.

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