Astros to open season March 31 against Rangers on ESPN
The Astros will begin the 2013 season at 7 p.m. CT on March 31 against the Rangers at Minute Maid Park – two days earlier than previously scheduled – to accommodate the game being televised nationally on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. The full schedule can be seen here.
The game will mark Houston’s debut in the American League after playing the first 51 years of its existence in the National League. It will also be the debut for Astros manager Bo Porter and will be the first look at the team in their new blue and orange uniforms.
Prior to facing the Rangers on Opening Day, the Astros will play two exhibition games against the Cubs at Minute Maid Park on March 29 and March 30.
The Astros were originally scheduled to open the season on Tuesday, April 2 against the Rangers with the series continuing on April 3 and April 4. Instead, the Astros will have off days April 1 and April 4 before the A’s come to town for a weekend series.
The Astros will open at home for the 29th time in the last 35 years.
Astros pitchers and catchers will report for Spring Training in Kissimmee, Fla., on Feb. 11 and work out for the first time on Feb. 12. The report date for position players is Feb. 15, with the first full-squad workout set for Feb. 16. Houston will open Grapefruit League play Feb. 23 against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla.