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Astros Crawfish Boil: April 4, 2016 -- MLB Opening Day 2016

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It begins.

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Astros News

Texas Rangers: Cowlishaw: Sorry, Rangers; why I'm predicting a Mets vs. Astros World Series | SportsDay
They aren't anyone's darlings anymore. That could make a huge difference in the world of the Houston Astros and New York Mets after they came...

Breakfast: Texans pulling for Astros
The Houston Astros have some big fans in the Texans organization.

Astros-Yankees Preview (Apr 3, 2016) | FOX Sports
NEW YORK (AP) When Dallas Keuchel last took the mound at Yankee Stadium, he pitched six scoreless innings on short rest to lead the Houston Astros over New York and ace Masahiro Tanaka in the AL wild-card game.

Keuchel vs Tanaka again when Astros open at Yanks in rematch - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: When Dallas Keuchel last took the mound at Yankee Stadium, he pitched six scoreless innings on short rest to lead the Houston Astros over New York and ace Masahiro Tanaka in the AL wild-card game. The AL Cy Young Award winner returns Monday for a rematch as New York hosts Houston on opening day when cold, wintry weather is expected. It's a similar matchup from the last time we played there,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said.

Rangers-Astros rivalry takes hold
The 2016 season appears to be a special one for the Ranges and Astros.

Astros' closer announcement will have to wait another day - Houston Chronicle
The announcement Houston Astros fans have been waiting for this offseason will have to wait another day.

Astros once again trying to get bang for their buck - Houston Chronicle
Once again, the Astros head into a season looking to get the most out of one of the baseball's lowest payrolls.

MLB News

Welcome back, baseball! - SBNation.com
Sunday's Say Hey, Baseball includes the beginning of Real Baseball, the mania behind WrestleMania, and hypothetical MLB-wrestling feuds.

Francisco Liriano leads baseball in both strikeouts and RBI - SBNation.com
Francisco Liriano struck out 10 in his six scoreless innings and even drove in a run in the Pittsburgh Pirates' win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at PNC Park, the very first game of the 2016 MLB season.

Royals hold on for a nail-biting 4-3 win over the Mets - Royals Review
After a sterling performance from starter Edinson Volquez, the Royals' bullpen uncharacteristically let their vanquished World Series foe back into the game.

Welcome to the 2016 Season - Blue Jays win 5-3 - Bluebird Banter
The Blue Jays start the 2016 season with a win over division rival Tampa Bay in more dramatic fashion than really necessary.

Arizona suffers huge blow right before Opening Day - SBNation.com
Saturday's Say Hey includes a potentially major injury to A.J. Pollock, the idea of retaliation one season later, and Mike Trout's pranking skills.

Dodgers 2016 opening day payroll is $236 million - True Blue LA
A snapshot of the Dodgers opening day payroll, at $236 million to start 2016, compared to the past seven years.