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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Report: Rangers sign Jeff Mathis to two-year deal

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The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.

Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.

The arrival of Mathis could mean the Rangers are moving on from Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, as he is now a free agent. The Rangers could go after another catcher to complement Mathis or just have Isiah Kiner-Falefa back up Mathis. Though Kiner-Falefa mostly played elsewhere, including three spots across the infield, he did rack up over 300 defensive innings behind the plate in 2018.