MLB: Top 5 Storylines from Opening Week of the Season

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Mar 31, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Musician Lyle Lovett sings the national anthem before a game between the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers on Opening Day at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

1-History was made with the Astros’ first AL Game

Baseball will never be the same, and the change started on Opening Night. In a seemingly unimportant clash between Texas rivals, the Astros beat the Rangers 8-2. This was a historic moment because it was the first AL game the Astros had ever played, and it changed the balance of the league from a 16-14 NL advantage to a spilt 15-15 vote on the DH. Without their superior numbers in teams, the change that most baseball purist have hoped would never come may be on the verge of taking over within five years.

Interleague play is now yearlong because of the Astros becoming the first team since the Brewers to swap leagues. It’s only a matter of time before the owners vote to either kill or completely adapt the DH. Unfortunately for fans of the NL game, Houston’s defection is likely to bring about an end to pitchers hitting and all position players taking the field.