KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Scott Feldman will start the Houston Astros' opener on April 1 at home against the New York Yankees.
Feldman was 12-12 last season for the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles and signed a $30 million, three-year contract with the Astros during the offseason.
"If you look at his track record, the fact that he is a former 17-game winner and the fact that he gives us a great opportunity to win a ballgame every time he takes the mound, that's why he's our choice," Astros manager Bo Porter said Monday. "He's a strike-thrower, a competitor."
Feldman is 51-56 in nine big league seasons, the first eight with the Texas Rangers. He has a 4.50 ERA in two games and six innings during spring training.
Bud Norris, Houston's opening-day starter last year, was traded to Baltimore in July. Feldman will be Houston's fifth different opening-day starter in five years.
"It's pretty cool, something my family can enjoy hopefully," Feldman said. "It'll be a lot of fun, something that I'll always remember. There's always nerves. First game of the year. You just try to stay calm, go out there and try to have a good game."