DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Rangers announced on Thursday that they will open the 2013 MLB Season against their new in-state, AL West rivals, the Houston Astros in a Sunday night match-up on March 31st at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

The Rangers-Astros game will mark the first time Astros and Rangers will face each other to start a season.

With the Houston Astros moving to the American League, each league now has 15 Clubs, and each of Major League Baseball’s six divisions are comprised of five Clubs for the first time.

The March 31 game between the Astros and Rangers was moved from the original date of Thursday, April 4. That day will now be an off-day for the Rangers before the team opens at home on Friday, April 5 against the LA Angels.

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