Astros Humble Rangers 4-1 In Opener Behind Verlander's Gem

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YANKEES 6, BLUE JAYS 1: Giancarlo Stanton had two home runs, including the hardest-hit, opposite-field home run since tracking exit velocity began in 2015, and also doubled as NY won at Toronto and gave Aaron Boone a win in his first game as a professional manager.

In the first inning, third baseman Alex Bregman moved to left field, opening up the entire left side of the infield for the pull-happy Gallo. The Rangers had the fewest spring training wins with nine, and were 0-10-1 in their last 11 games in Arizona. They added Justin Verlander late in the season to that young talent and put together a championship caliber team.

For the second season in a row, Springer started it with a home run in the team's first at bat of the season, and Verlander, for all intents and purposes, finished it by humbling the Rangers over the first six innings, shutting them out while the Astros built a 4-0 lead. Joey Gallo's ringing double off the top of the center field fence scored Delino DeShields Jr. all the way from first base and Elvis Andrus promptly singled home Gallo, pushing the Rangers' lead to 5-1. He allowed a 38% hard contact rate and a 10% walk rate.

Verlander scattered four hits in six shutout innings on Thursday. He was 5-0 last September, then won four more postseason games, and was the AL Championship Series MVP.

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Kershaw had pitched seven consecutive Dodgers wins on Opening Day, recording the victory in five of them, including two in pitchers' duels with the Giants' Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum. However, there's no way I'm going against Houston in this one.

Marwin Gonzalez is hitless for eight career at-bats against Fister. Fister has a career walks rate of 2.1 per nine innings.

Nelson Cruz cracked a two-run homer, and Felix Hernandez tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings as Seattle opened the season with a win over visiting Cleveland. If your office isn't that flexible, or you want to make sure you don't miss a pitch, there are multiple options at your disposal. Edwin Diaz struck out three in the ninth to garner the save.

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