Designated Rivalry

Should the Astros join the Rangers in the American League West?
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Tony Gutierrez, Associated Press

Can a rivalry be made? Last week, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers kicked off their annual interleague matchup amid rumors of a Major League Baseball realignment plan that could transplant the National League Central Astros into the American League West, pitting the two teams directly against each other.

“Is the mystique of the Lone Star Showdown nearing an end?” asked the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the day before the series opened.

Well, no, because the annual six-game series never had mystique. It’s also called the Lone Star Series. “Lone Star Showdown” is the State Farm-sponsored name for all athletic contests between the University of Texas and Texas A&M, two teams that have exactly the sort of hate-filled rivalry the

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