MLB firsts of the season

HOUSTON (AP) - Rick Ankiel of the Houston Astros has hit the first home run of the 2013 major league baseball season.

Ankiel connected for a pinch-hit three-run homer in the sixth inning Sunday night against the Texas Rangers. The one-time pitcher homered in his first at-bat for the Astros.

The season began with Astros right-hander Bud Norris throwing a called strike to Ian Kinsler at 7:08 p.m. CDT. Kinsler later flied out.

Jose Altuve of the Astros singled for the first hit of the year. Houston hosted the big league opener in its first game as a member of the American League. The Astros shifted over from the National League during the offseason.

There are 12 more games scheduled for Monday.