Bud Norris named Astros Opening Day starter

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by Daniel Gotera / KHOU 11 Sports

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Posted on March 20, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 20 at 11:50 PM

KISSIMMEE – Houston Astros manager Bo Porter decided Wednesday that Bud Norris would be the team’s Opening Day starter.

The Astros host the Texas Rangers on Sunday, March 31st. The first pitch is at 7 pm and will be nationally televised on ESPN on Sunday Night Baseball.

"It’s something I’ve been working for my whole career, something everyone works for their whole career," said Norris. "It’s a childhood dream to have an Opening Day game like that."

This will be the first Opening Day start for Norris, who beat out Lucas Harrell.

"I know Lucas had a great spring and he can pitch. It was either/or. I wasn’t mad if he got it or whatnot," said Norris. "I’m excited to go out there and give this team every opportunity to go out there and win, and very excited to do it in Houston on a nationally televised game."

Norris is 2-0 with a 5.52 ERA during the spring.

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