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The Texas Rangers lost to the Houston Astros yesterday, and T.R. Sullivan’s game story talks about the unorthodox defensive alignment Houston implemented against Joey Gallo.

Levi Weaver looks at Cole Hamels’ struggles throwing strikes in his game story from yesterday.

Evan Grant has his notes from yesterday’s game,

Jeff Wilson says to ease up on the knee-jerking after one game, and has his Ranger Reaction notes from the game.

Gallo talked after the game about the possibility of bunting against a largely empty left side of the infield, but doesn’t want to do that right now.

Stefan Stevenson says everything about Opening Day for the Rangers was perfect, except the final score.

Arlington native Chris Martin had a good debut with Texas.

The Rangers finalized their roster hours before yesterday’s game, though there were no surprises.

Evan Grant has five players he thinks are key for the team’s 2018 success.

Jeff Banister announced that Keone Kela will be the team’s primary closer.

Adrian Beltre had a slower camp than usual as the Rangers seek to keep him healthy.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred had praise for the Rangers’ youth academy, which he visited yesterday.

Pudge Rodriguez talked about Vladimir Guerrero being voted into the Hall.

Mac Engel does his Mac Engel “boy this team sure is bad” schtick.

Gerry Fraley laments the Rangers could see Justin Verlander a lot this season.

Kevin Sherrington talks about baseball getting stranger.