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Monday, June 20, 2011
Silver Boot at stake in Lone Star Series

By Randy Jennings

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tonight’s Rangers-Astros game at Rangers Ballpark begins the 11th Lone Star Series.

The prize is the Silver Boot Trophy, a prize the Rangers have won seven times -- including the last four.

The Silver Boot, which really does exist, is on display at Vandergriff Plaza for all three games of this series.

The Lone Star Series consists of games at Rangers Ballpark tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday and three more June 28-30 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

The Rangers on four occasions have won the series outright with Houston in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010 and three times (2001, 2004 and 2008) claimed the Boot by a tiebreaker of most total runs in the series after splitting the six games.

Houston managed to win only one game against the Rangers in each of the last two seasons and trails in the series, 33-27.