Springer 1st with consecutive MLB opening day leadoff HRs

Second base umpire Ed Hickox, left, watches as Houston Astros' George Springer, right, rounds second after hitting a solo home run off Texas Rangers' Cole Hamels on a lead at-bat in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, March 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) George Springer has set a MLB first with his 100th career home run for the Houston Astros.

The World Series MVP led off the Astros’ season opener at Texas with a home run off Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels.

It is the second year in a row that Springer led off the Astros opener with a homer, making him the first player in MLB history to ever do that in consecutive seasons, according to Elias.

Springer hit 34 homers during the regular season last year for the Astros, all from the leadoff spot. He hit six more homers in the postseason, including five in the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Springer connected in the final four games of the Series.

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