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
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
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