World Series champ Houston Astros top Texas Rangers 4-1 in opener

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The Houston Astros, the reigning World Series champions, debuted a four-man outfield on Opening Day day.

Keuchel (0-1), surrendered three runs (all earned) on seven hits in six innings of work. Well, probably a home run from George Springer, some general offensive chicanery from Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa chipping in an RBI double, six shutout innings from Justin Verlander, and a final chaser of Ken Giles scaring the ever-loving bejeezus out of you by allowing a run and a few hits in the ninth inning.

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According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Astros are -180 money line favorites to beat the Rangers, who have odds of +162 to pull off the upset. 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, though, could only muster five hits to the Rangers' 10. He was 5-0 last September, then won four more postseason games, and was the AL Championship Series MVP.

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Chris Devenski and Brad Peacock each threw a scoreless inning in relief for the Astros.

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".

Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel (14-5 last season), the 2015 AL Cy Young Award victor, starts against Rangers newcomer Doug Fister (5-9 for Boston).

The Astros, who experimented with the four-man outfield in spring training and plan on using the, broke it out this afternoon against the Texas Rangers.