Friday, April 10, 2015

Lone Star Series opens '15 chapter in Arlington

The Astros and Rangers renew acquaintances this weekend in the first installment of the Lone Star Series, beginning with the Rangers' home opener at Globe Life Park at 3:07 p.m. CT on Friday in Arlington. The Astros finally won the Silver Boot away from the Rangers last year, going 11-8 after winning just two of 19 meetings in 2013 -- the first year the two teams were both in the American League West.
Things to know about this game:
• This will be a matchup of managers in their first seasons with their clubs -- A.J. Hinch for the Astros and rookie skipper Jeff Banister for the Rangers. Banister grew up in the Houston area, attending the University of Houston, and he interviewed for the opening that eventually went to Hinch.
• Astros starter Collin McHugh enters Friday's season debut riding a seven-game winning streak, dating back to Aug. 7. He went 7-0 with a 1.77 ERA in his last 10 starts of 2014 and is looking to become the first Astros pitcher to win eight in a row since Roy Oswalt won nine straight in 2006-07.
• Rangers left-hander Derek Holland will also make his season debut, hoping to ride the momentum of a strong September after returning from knee surgery. He beat the Astros in his only start against them in '14, allowing two earned runs in seven innings in Arlington. He's 3-1 in his career against Houston.

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