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MLB BASEBALL

Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros

The Texas Rangers will take on the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Sunday night in the first game of the 2013 MLB season.

The Rangers will give the ball to starter Matt Harrison in this one. Lefthander Harrison was 18-11 last season with a 3.29 ERA.

Harrison's opponent in this one will be Bud Norris. The Astros righthander had a 4.65 ERA to go along with a 7-13 record last season.

2012 team records:
Texas: 93-69 SU
Houston: 55-107 SU

Texas most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Houston are 6-4
After playing Baltimore are 8-2
After a loss are 4-6

Houston most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Texas are 3-7
After playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
Texas is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing at home against Texas
Houston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games

Next up:
Houston home to Texas, Tuesday, April 2