Astros Get Off To A Strong Start At Home

It was standing-room-only at Minute Maid Park as the Astros played their first home game of the regular season. Fans weren’t disappointed as the Astros trounced the team that knocked them out of last year’s divisional playoffs.


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The Astros entered the game with two wins and four losses — all on the road. And it seems that some home cooking did them some good.

Colin McHugh pitched seven scoreless innings and Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer, as the Astros defeated the defending World Series Champion Kansas City Royals 8-2.

The game also marked the home debut of rookie first baseman Tyler White, who was named the American League Player of the Week just days after his major league debut.

“Oh, it was awesome," said White. "There’s a lot of orange out there. Like I say, it was kind of overwhelming the first time at bat and just a good time out there. They were getting after it the whole night. The fans are great.”

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said fan energy was a big boost, and after starting the season on the road he’s happy they can get back to their home routine.

“When you describe our team, we’re an aggressive team. We’re not a perfect team," added Hinch. "We’re going to make mistakes, and we’ll make our fair share of mistakes moving forward. But we’re going to do it with a vibe around us that has confidence, and is confidence.”



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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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