Rangers-Astros to open MLB season on ESPN

The Texas Rangers will welcome the Houston Astros to the American League as the new West rivals will kick off the 2013 Major League Baseball season on ESPN on March 31 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, it was announced Thursday.

The ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast will begin at 7 p.m. CT. The club will then finish the series on Tuesday and Wednesday and be off on Thursday prior to the Rangers' home opener vs. the Los Angeles Angels on April 5.