American League Game Capsules

10:53 PM, Mar 31, 2013   |    comments
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Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Houston Astros' 4,000th regular-season win in franchise history came in their American League debut. Rick Ankiel hit a three-run homer and the Astros beat the Texas Rangers, 8-2, to kick off the 2013 MLB season on Sunday night. Houston, led by rookie manager Bo Porter, had played its first 51 seasons (1962-2012) in the National League. The last time a team swapped leagues and divisions came back in 1998, when the Milwaukee Brewers left the AL Central for its similarly named NL counterpart. Justin Maxwell went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored for the Astros, who capped their National League run a year ago with a second straight 100- plus loss season. Jose Altuve and Matt Dominguez each had an RBI for the victors. Houston starter Bud Norris (1-0) gave up two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win. The right-hander went 7-13 with a 4.65 ERA last season. Erik Bedard gave up just one hit over 3 1/3 innings to record his first career save.

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