Mar 31, 2013 11:48 PM by Bill Halter
Former Cal Poly pitcher Bud Norris pitched the Houston Astros to a win over the Texas Rangers in the first regular season game for both teams. Norris got the start for Houston, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings. The 28 year old in his fifth Major League season gave up five hits and three walks while striking out five. Norris was a sixth round draft pick by the Astros in the 2006 draft.
Rick Ankiel launched a pinch-hit three-run shot for the first homer this season and Erik Bedard threw 3 1-3 scoreless innings for his first career save.
Having switched from the National League to the AL in the offseason, the Astros earned their first opening day victory since 2006 and the 4,000th regular-season win in franchise history.
Houston is coming off consecutive 100-loss seasons and has the lowest payroll in the majors. But it opened in style wearing spiffy new uniforms that brought back the orange and blue of old-school Astros teams.
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