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He allowed three runs on five hits. Cole Hamels, who has become the de facto ace of this team, will get a chance to measure up against one of the most risky lineups in the majors. Hamels was the World Series MVP for Philadelphia's 2008 championship, and the Phillies went again in 2009. Nomar Mazara will look to solidify himself as a cornerstone of the lineup and Ryan Rua will make his case to be the go to left fielder for Texas.

Probable Starters: Justin Verlander (R) vs. Texas has captured the Silver Boot in 12 of the previous 17 years with Houston winning 12 of the 19 meetings between the two clubs in 2017 en route to a World Series Championship. The Rangers return some of the usual suspects in the field, with guys like Delino DeShields, Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre and Rougned Odor coming back for Texas.

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. "For hitters, it could be very challenging". But that's the beauty of Opening Day: Every team can pretend otherwise. After Robinson Cano laced a first-pitch single with two outs in the first against reigning American League Cy Young Award victor Corey Kluber, Cruz also tried his hand with the first pitch. "Just being out there Game 1 of the season, everybody is so high on expectations and so excited about the upcoming season, the unknown, what's going to happen with their team".

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It was the 100th home run in the brief but decorated career of the reigning World Series MVP. This will be his second opener for the Rangers since he was acquired from the Phillies in July 2015. Texas is 5-1 in Hamels' last 6 starts against Houston. "It's a matter of doing what I know I'm capable of doing". Then they got even better. If your office isn't that flexible, or you want to make sure you don't miss a pitch, there are multiple options at your disposal. He is 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA in his past five starts against Houston.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Astros are -170 money line favorites to beat the Rangers, who are +110 on the money line.

There will be no love lost between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros when the Lone Star State rivals meet Thursday afternoon at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas on opening day in Major League Baseball. He could easily hit 50 home runs. Bartolo Colon, a 44-year-old pitcher with 20 seasons, has a minor league contract with Texas and expected to be added to the big league roster to pitch the fifth game of the season. Lefty Cole Hamels has his second Opening Day start for the Texas Rangers and his 4th career Opening Day start. They opened the 1974 season against the defending champion Oakland Athletics and 1978 against the New York Yankees.