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
Radio: 103.3 FM ESPN
Probable Starters: Wandy Rodriguez (3-3) vs. Neftali Feliz (3-1)