Verlander had spent all 13 of his big league seasons with Detroit before approving a trade to Houston just seconds before the August 31 deadline to be eligible for the Astros postseason roster.
Hamels (11-6, 4.20 ERA last season) will be making his fourth career opening day start and his second in three years for the Rangers.
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SOUTH RIVER 6, FALLSTON 0: Jess Adams struck out 13 and scattered three hits and two walks in her complete-game victory. Both teams would go scoreless in the fourth inning, but the Eagles would extend their 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth.
Springer hit a 2-0 pitch off lefty Cole Hamels (0-1) into the right-field seats, becoming the only player in Major League Baseball history with leadoff homers in consecutive season openers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. After all, it's Opening Day. They opened the 1974 season against the defending champion Oakland Athletics and 1978 against the New York Yankees.
Giancarlo Stanton experienced a memorable debut for NY by homering in his first and last at-bats while driving in four runs to begin the Yankees' Aaron Boone era with a victory at Toronto. A game ticket is required to enter the festival, which also allows access to the center-field area of the stadium, including Saint Arnold Bar, from 1 - 5:30 p.m. The ball had an exit velocity of 117.3 miles per hour, the hardest hit homer to the opposite field ever tracked by Statcast.
Rizzo homered into the upper deck in the second inning.
Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur: Three Key Battles That Can Decide The Outcome
Meanwhile, Manchester United who trails the league leaders Manchester City by 16 points will be hosting Swansea City on Saturday. Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochetteno's Tottenham have played 25 games at Stamford Bridge without winning in the Premier League .
Texas pounded out 10 hits in the win, led by Shin-Soo Choo with three, and Nomar Mazara scored twice. The Rangers are 0-1 SU and 0-1 ATS. Well, probably a home run from George Springer, some general offensive chicanery from Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa chipping in an RBI double, six shutout innings from Justin Verlander, and a final chaser of Ken Giles scaring the ever-loving bejeezus out of you by allowing a run and a few hits in the ninth inning. Matt Joyce was intentionally walked to bring up Semien. He has 3,048 hits and 462 homers.
BREWERS 2, PADRES 1: Orlando Arcia singled in Ji-Man Choi with two outs in the 12th inning to lift Milwaukee at San Diego. Jeremy Jeffress was credited with the win. You can't have three infielders on one side of the diamond? The game is in the seventh inning.
ICE Ends Policy Of Presuming Release For Pregnant Detainees
The Huffington Post reported past year that two women had suffered miscarriages while in immigration detention facilities. Since at least 2011, ICE had implemented a policy that generally favored releasing pregnant women from detention.