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American League Game Summary - Texas at Houston

11:19 PM, Mar 31, 2013   |    comments
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Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Houston Astros' 4,000th 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 their 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.

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