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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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