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Astros soar in AL debut, open '13 with victory

Astros soar in AL debut, open '13 with victory

Rick Ankiel and the Houston Astros made an impressive debut in the American League, trouncing the Texas Rangers 8-2 Sunday in the major league opener and giving Bo Porter a win in his first game as manager.
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  • Bud Norris’ jersey, cap headed to Hall of Fame

    Bud Norris’ jersey, cap headed to Hall of Fame

    chron.com Mar 31, 2013
    Astros starter Bud Norris’ jersey and cap from Sunday night’s game will be sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., to commemorate the Astros’ first game in the American League, said Astros authentication director Mike Acosta. A baseb
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  • Maxwell, Ankiel power Astros to 8-2 win in American League debu…

    Maxwell, Ankiel power Astros to 8-2 win in American League debut

    chron.com Mar 31, 2013
    Box score On a night of firsts, Justin Maxwell and Rick Ankiel introduced the Astros to the American League with the biggest shots Sunday at Minute Maid Park before a national television audience. For one night at least, the Astros showed they’re ready
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  • First two blown calls of MLB season come fast

    First two blown calls of MLB season come fast

    yahoo.com Mar 31, 2013
    That didn't take long. I promise, we're not going to do a post every time an umpire makes a mistake. But, with it being opening night in Major League Baseball, and with the country watching (presumably) the Texas Rangers at the Houston Astros on Sunday …
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  • Scenes from Astros’ inaugural night in the American League

    Scenes from Astros’ inaugural night in the American League

    chron.com Mar 31, 2013
    Scenes from Astros’ inaugural night in the American League
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  • Lyle Lovett sings national anthem in Astros’ AL debut

    Lyle Lovett sings national anthem in Astros’ AL debut

    chron.com Mar 31, 2013
    Grammy Award-winning singer Lyle Lovett, who performed the national anthem in a brisk, efficient, tuneful 79.4 seconds, said the key to an effective anthem performance isn’t the high notes. “Actually, the toughest part of singing the anthem is being a
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  • Deadspin Up All Night: Ready To Play

    Deadspin Up All Night: Ready To Play

    deadspin.com Mar 31, 2013
    Thank you for your continued support of Deadspin. Baseball is back! For real. Kind of. It's the Astros. But still, the game counts. Enjoy.Read more...
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  • Berkman predicts rivalry will heat up when Rangers-Astros have …

    Berkman predicts rivalry will heat up when Rangers-Astros have equitable expectations

    chron.com Mar 31, 2013
    Former Astros slugger Lance Berkman, who is renowned for his candor, acknowledges that the rivalry between the Astros and Rangers might not heat up until the teams are on more equal footing. A nice brawl might intensify the rivalry too. “I think one of
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  • Welcome To The West: Houston's first night in the American Leag…

    Welcome To The West: Houston's first night in the American League coul…

    CNNSI.com Mar 31, 2013
    Houston's first night in the American League couldn't have gone better, as Justin Maxwell and the Astros battered Matt Harrison and Texas to open the season with an 8-2 win.
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  • Astros waiting on second opinion for Alex White

    Astros waiting on second opinion for Alex White

    chron.com Mar 31, 2013
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Sunday injured righthanded pitcher Alex White could undergo Tommy John surgery. White was placed on the 60-day disabled list Saturday with a right elbow strain. White has already undergone an MRI. The Astros are w…
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  • Plenty of intrigue surrounds three days of openers

    Plenty of intrigue surrounds three days of openers

    MLB.com Mar 31, 2013
    Opening Day arrived with the Rangers visiting the newest member of the American League, the Houston Astros, on Sunday night at Minute Maid Park, and it will continue with 12 matchups on Monday and six more on Tuesday.
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  • Astros owner Crane discusses CSN Houston, Woodlands move, sprin…

    Astros owner Crane discusses CSN Houston, Woodlands move, spring training relocation

    chron.com Mar 31, 2013
    Astros owner Jim Crane said Sunday he believes “something will get done” as a deadline approaches for a resolution to long-stalled negotiations involving CSN Houston and national carriers such as DirecTV and Dish Network. If a deal isn’t reached by
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  • Astros finalize 25-man roster; purchase contracts of Ankiel, Be…

    Astros finalize 25-man roster; purchase contracts of Ankiel, Bedard

    chron.com Mar 31, 2013
    The Astros finalized their 25-man roster Sunday. The club purchased the contracts of veterans Rick Ankeil, Erik Bedard and Edgar Gonzalez. Alex White and Fernando Martinez will begin the season on the disabled list. The Astros’ 40-man roster is set at t
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  • Jonathan Singleton has potential to jumpstart Astros’ rebuild

    Jonathan Singleton has potential to jumpstart Astros’ rebuild

    chron.com Mar 31, 2013
    No one player can immediately save the Astros. The rebuilding club’s major league turnaround isn’t targeted until 2015. And that’s just a launch date — not a planned World Series celebration. But while prospects including shortstops Carlos Correa
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  • Video - Astros Top Rangers In AL Debut 00:37

    Astros Top Rangers In AL Debut

    Mar 31
    Rick Ankiel's three-run pinch-hit homer seals Astros' 8-2 win over the Rangers.

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