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The Texas Truth: Is Astros/Rangers a Rivalry?

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT
For years, the Astros/Rangers interleague rivalry has been forced on the fans. But now that Houston has not only moved into the American League, but into the Rangers division - could that all change?

Texas, who has played in the World Series two of the past three seasons, sent several representatives to Round Rock Thursday as part of the team's annual Winter Caravan.

Starting this season, the Astros and Rangers will play 18 games against each other now that Houston is a member of the American League West division. In the past, with the teams in opposite leagues, Houston and Texas met just six times each season.

But Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman, who started his career with the Astros, says Houston needs to become more competitive in order for Houston and Texas to become true rivals.

"It's hard to have a rivalry when one team is far superior to the other," Berkman told reporters Thursday. "I think the Astros are headed in the right direction. I think you will see, at some point, maybe even in the near future - that you get to the stage that a real rivalry will develop."

Texas starting pitcher Derek Holland was hesitant to anoint the Astros a rival. "It seems like we have so many rivals," said Holland. "We've got Anaheim, we've got Oakland, it looks like Seattle is going to be a rival now, too. The West is just one of those things where you have to compete no matter who you put in front of us, you just have to go out there and try to win."

The Rangers and Astros meet in Houston to open the 2013 season March 31.The Texas Truth: Is Astros/Rangers a Rivalry?


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Scores & Schedules

March 31, 2015 07:11 GMT

SPRING TRAINING

Monday's Games

Pittsburgh 18, Philadelphia 4

St. Louis 6, Washington 2

Atlanta 4, Detroit 2

Tampa Bay 6, Baltimore 6, tie, 10 innings

N.Y. Mets 7, Miami 1

Seattle 5, L.A. Angels 3

Chicago Cubs 8, San Francisco 5

San Diego 6, Cincinnati 3

Cleveland 4, Chicago White Sox 1

Oakland 11, Colorado 2

Kansas City 11, Texas 7

L.A. Dodgers 4, Arizona 2

Toronto 7, Houston 4

Boston 14, Minnesota 2

Tuesday's Games

Pittsburgh vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Boston vs. Tampa Bay (ss) at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Miami vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay (ss) vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. Texas (ss) at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Seattle vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Cincinnati vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Texas (ss) vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Houston vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

Kansas City vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

NBA

Monday's Games

L.A. Lakers 113, Philadelphia 111, OT

Boston 116, Charlotte 104

Atlanta 101, Milwaukee 88

Toronto 99, Houston 96

Memphis 97, Sacramento 83

Utah 104, Minnesota 84

Portland 109, Phoenix 86

Tuesday's Games

Atlanta at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Indiana at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Miami, 8 p.m.

Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Monday's Games

Tampa Bay 5, Montreal 3

Vancouver 4, St. Louis 1

Chicago 4, Los Angeles 1

Calgary 5, Dallas 3

Edmonton 4, Colorado 1

Buffalo 4, Arizona 1

Tuesday's Games

Florida at Boston, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Washington, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Ottawa at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Nashville, 8 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

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