Astros' Keuchel gives up 7 hits in 5-1 loss to Rangers

Rangers Facing Perfect Test to Open Season

Rangers Facing Perfect Test to Open Season

Just like he did in 2017, Houston Astros center fielder George Springer led the 2018 season off with a home run.

It was actually a historic home run for two different reasons.

Jake Marisnick also homered for the Astros, whose 57th year as a franchise began with them as reigning World Series champs for the first time.

For the game, Verlander surrenders just four hits (all singles) and two walks in six shutout innings while striking out six batters.

Texas expanded that advantage to 3-0 in the fourth when they loaded the bases with no outs and pushed across two runs on back-to-back sacrifice flies from Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor that plated Adrian Beltre and Mazara, respectively. 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.

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. This is probably felt in the last three or four years".

$521 million Mega Millions jackpot won by single ticket in New Jersey
The victor of a $521 million Meg Millions jackpot bought the lucky ticket in New Jersey, the lottery game announced Saturday. The drawing follows a March 27 Mega Millions drawing that was the twenty-third in a row without a jackpot-winning ticket.

Luis Severino (1-0) pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings for the Yankees, who won their opener for the first time since 2011. A game ticket is required to enter the festival, which also allows access to the center-field area of the stadium, including Saint Arnold Bar, from 1 - 5:30 p.m.

Boog Powell hit a one-out triple off Noe Ramirez (0-1) to start the winning rally.

Springer hit a 2-0 pitch off lefty Cole Hamels (0-1) into the right-field seats, becoming the only player in Major League Baseball history with leadoff homers in consecutive season openers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

BREWERS 2, PADRES 1: Orlando Arcia singled in Ji-Man Choi with two outs in the 12th inning to lift Milwaukee at San Diego.

Houston opened as -200 money line favorites but the Astros' line dropped to -180, while the Rangers went from +170 money line underdogs, down to +162.

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