Opening Night lineups: Rangers vs. Astros

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Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Sunday night’s season-opening game between the Rangers and Astros at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET. It’s on ESPN.

 TEXAS RANGERS                   HOUSTON ASTROS
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B              1. Jose Altuve, 2B
2. Elvis Andrus, SS             2. Brett Wallace, 1B
3. Lance Berkman, DH            3. Chris Carter, LF
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B            4. Carlos Pena, DH
5. David Murphy, LF             5. Justin Maxwell, CF
6. Nelson Cruz, RF              6. Jason Castro, C
7. A.J. Pierzynski, C           7. Matt Dominguez, 3B
8. Mitch Moreland, 1B           8. Brandon Barnes, RF
9. Leonys Martin, CF            9. Ronny Cedeno, SS

SP Matt Harrison, LH            SP Bud Norris, RH

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Masahiro Tanaka released from hospital after taking line drive to head

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a Giancarlo Stanton line drive during a simulated game on Saturday afternoon. He remained on the ground for a while before exiting the field with the help of trainers. He went to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and was released in the evening.

Per James Wagner of The New York Times, Tanaka entered the hospital with concussion-like symptoms but they went away. Tanaka underwent a series of tests, including a CT scan, and checked out fine. The right-hander will still likely undergo MLB’s concussion protocol.

Tanaka, 31, will pitch out of the middle of the Yankees’ rotation behind Gerrit Cole and James Paxton during this shortened 60-game season. Tanaka had an up-and-down 2019 campaign, finishing with a 4.45 ERA, 149 strikeouts, and 40 walks over 182 innings of work. He is entering the final year of his seven-year, $155 million contract, so he may enter free agency after the season.