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Preview: Astros at Rangers

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington proved to be prophetic when he suggested the Houston Astros were not the same team his squad dominated last season. The Rangers hope to rebound from a rare loss to the Astros when they conclude their three-game home set against Houston on Sunday. Washington told MLB.com prior to the start of the series that Houston was “not going to be anybody’s doormat” in 2014 after it went 51-111 in its inaugural season in the American League West.

Preview: Astros at Rangers

The Texas Rangers have won consecutive games only once through 10 contests, but putting together their second winning streak of the season may not prove to be all that difficult given their success against the Houston Astros. Texas took the last two games of its opening series against the Philadelphia Phillies, but lost two of three on the road over its next two series. However, the Rangers appear poised to change their recent luck following Friday’s 1-0, 12-inning win over Houston.

Preview: Astros at Rangers

Former MLB commissioner Bud Selig placed the Houston Astros in the American League West before last season in part to help balance out the Texas Rangers’ travel schedule. The Rangers, who open a three-game home set with the Astros on Friday, showed their appreciation by going 17-2 against the Astros to tie the major-league record for the most wins against a single opponent since the divisional era began in 1969. Texas won the final 11 meetings to improve to 36-7 against Houston since 2009.

Preview: Angels at Astros

The Los Angeles Angels are coming off a disappointing season and are in danger of falling into an early hole again this year. Losers of four of their first six games, the Angels hope to avoid falling to the Houston Astros for a second straight day when the teams square off Monday afternoon. Host Houston lost the first two contests of the four-game series before hitting five home runs in Sunday's 7-4 triumph.

Baseball: Oswalt, Berkman to retire with Astros in April

Major League Baseball star pitcher Roy Oswalt and top slugger Lance Berkman will retire together on April 5 after signing one-day deals to exit the sport with the Houston Astros. The Astros announced Wednesday that Berkman and Oswalt, both long-time Astros who helped Houston reach the World Series for the first time in 2005, will be honoured at a pre-game ceremony before an April 5 home game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Baseball: Oswalt, Berkman to retire with Astros in April

Major League Baseball star pitcher Roy Oswalt and top slugger Lance Berkman will retire together on April 5 after signing one-day deals to exit the sport with the Houston Astros. The Astros announced Wednesday that Berkman and Oswalt, both long-time Astros who helped Houston reach the World Series for the first time in 2005, will be honoured at a pre-game ceremony before an April 5 home game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Preview: Yankees at Astros

The New York Yankees may have three games left to play, but the curtain closed on their season on Wednesday night when they were officially eliminated from playoff contention. New York still had one major piece of business on the docket - allowing the home fans to bid farewell to retiring all-world closer Mariano Rivera in an emotional goodbye on Thursday night. The Yankees will wrap up the season when they visit the Houston Astros for a three-game set on Friday.

Preview: Astros at Athletics

The Oakland Athletics have dominated the season series with the Houston Astros, although the wins have been a lot harder to come by lately. The Astros won the opener of the four-game series and look to make it four wins in the last five meetings when the teams clash in Oakland on Friday. The Athletics, who trail first-place Texas by one-half game in the American League West, won the first 10 matchups with the Astros but dropped two of three at home last month.

Preview: Astros at Rays

The Houston Astros have struggled for much of the season, but they have given the red-hot Tampa Bay Rays a tough time in their last three meetings. The visiting Astros will attempt to beat the Rays for the third time in four games Saturday afternoon in the second contest of a three-game series. Houston beat Tampa Bay on July 3 and lost in extra innings the next day before recording a 2-1 triumph on Friday behind an outstanding effort from pitcher Jarred Cosart in his major-league debut.

Preview: Astros at Cardinals

The Houston Astros get a chance this week to see what they are missing on a regular basis since their exodus from the National League's Central Division to the AL West. Houston will face a familiar nemesis when it visits the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series. Cards ace Adam Wainwright will look to continue his domination of the Astros, having posted a 12-1 lifetime record against them that includes six consecutive victories.
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