Rangers Vs. Astros: Game 1 Preview, TV Info And More

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 15: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers rounds second base against the Kansas City Royals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on May 15, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

The Rangers have absolutely dominated the Silver Boot battle with Houston, and they'll look to raise the trophy again starting with a a three-game series at the Astros.

Texas will pay a visit to their soon-to-be AL West division rivals, the Houston Astros, for a renewal of the very lopsided Silver Boot series, starting Friday night. The Rangers have won 14 of the last 18 games against their in-state rivals, and the Astros haven't raised the Boot since the 2006 season. The weekend series will be the first of six games between the teams this year, with a three game tilt in Arlington scheduled for June.

Rangers manager Ron Washington rested Josh Hamilton on Thursday, but the outfielder is expected to play on Friday.

Date / Time: Friday, May 18, 7:05 p.m. CT

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas

TV: TXA-21

Radio: 103.3 FM ESPN

Probable Starters: Wandy Rodriguez (3-3) vs. Neftali Feliz (3-1)

For more on the Texas Rangers, check out Lone Star Ball. Houston Astros news and info can be found at From The Crawfish Boxes, and all your MLB news is available at Baseball Nation.

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