The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers will gather at the Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, on Friday for the first of six games in 13 days between the American League West rivals.
Pleasantries will not be exchanged.
The last time the teams met, in early May, Astros right-hander Lance McCullers zipped a fastball behind the back of Rangers slugger Mike Napoli, who had homered in his previous at-bat. McCullers was peeved that teammates Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel were hit by pitches earlier in the May 1 game.
Napoli and McCullers exchanged icy glares and took a few steps toward each other. Both benches emptied, and there was some spirited pushing, shoving and jersey grabbing,...