Astros Vs. Rangers: Game 1 Preview, TV Info And More

Apr 29, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Houston Astros manager Brad Mills (center) pulls Houston Astros relief pitcher Wilton Lopez (59) during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark. The Reds defeated the Astros 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

The Houston Astros will "welcome" their in-state rivals for another battle of the Silver Boot, and a look at what life will be like in the AL West.

Houston baseball fans will get a preview of life in the AL West, begininning 2013, for the Astros this weekend against the in-state "rival" Texas Rangers. The teams will battle for the Silver Boot, which the Rangers have taken five times in a row, and the series has shifted dramatically in Texas' favor. Houston has lost 16 of their last 18 games against Texas going back to 2009. It's worth noting that Interleague play has been rough for the Astros of late - they've posted a 7-23 record over the last two seasons.

Date / Time: Friday, May 18, 7:05 p.m. CT

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Radio: KTRH 740, KLAT 1010

Probable Starters: Wandy Rodriguez (3-3) vs. Neftali Feliz (3-1)

For more on the Houston Astros, check out From The Crawfish Boxes. Texas Rangers news and info can be found at Lone Star Ball, and all your MLB news is available at Baseball Nation.

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