The World Series champion Houston Astros are off to a winning start. George Springer homered on the third pitch of the game as the Astros topped the Rangers 4-1 in the season opener at Globe Life Park. Springer is the first player in major league history to go deep on Opening Day in back-to-back seasons. Jake Marisnick added a solo shot in the fourth for Houston, while Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa also plated a run each. Justin Verlander fired six shutout innings for the win. Cole Hamels yielded three runs in five-and-two-thirds frames to suffer the loss for Texas. Elvis Andrus scored the Rangers' lone run on a wild pitch in the ninth.
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