New AL West foes Astros, Rangers open 2013 season

The Houston Astros make their move to the American League official after 50 years in the NL when they open the season against the Texas Rangers on Sunday night.

Houston has the league's lowest payroll and is coming off consecutive 100-loss seasons. The Astros get an early look at a member of their new division, the powerful AL-West.

The Astros are optimistic they'll be much better than they were last season. Most everyone else figures it will be difficult for this team to avoid becoming the first team to lose at least 106 games in three straight seasons since the expansion Mets did it from 1962-65.

On Sunday night Bud Norris will become the team's fourth opening day starter in four years. He'll face Texas left-hander Matt Harrison, who went 18-11 in 2012.

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