Good morning! Here's a look at AP's Texas sports coverage. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Dallas bureau at 972-991-2100, or at 1-800-442-7189. Email aptexas@ap.org. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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BASEBALL:

MLB

BBA--ASTROS-MARINERS

SEATTLE — Martin Maldonado and Tyler White helped the Astros build an eight-run lead, and Houston's bullpen made it hold after a little scare in the sixth inning. Maldonado and White each homered and had three hits, Roberto Osuna got his first save with Houston and the Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 10-7. SENT: 760 words, photos.

BBA--RANGERS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Shin-Soo Choo's home run on the first pitch of the game ensured the Texas Rangers would avoid a third consecutive shutout. A fourth straight strong outing from Mike Minor was just as big for manager Jeff Banister's ballclub. Minor pitched six scoreless innings of one-hit ball to win his fourth straight, Joey Gallo backed up Choo with his 33rd homer and the Rangers snapped out of their offensive slump to avoid a series sweep, beating the Oakland Athletics 4-2. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 720 words, photos.

Also:

— BBO--MLB-MEXICO — Major league baseball will return to Monterrey, Mexico, for six games in 2019, starting with spring training games between Colorado and Arizona on March 9-10. In the regular season, Cincinnati will host St. Louis on April 13-14, and the Los Angeles Angels will play the Houston Astros on May 4-5. SENT: 130 words.

FOOTBALL:

NFL

FBN--COWBOYS-FREDERICK

ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick has announced that he has been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder that causes weakness in various parts of the body, and the four-time Pro Bowl player isn't sure on a timetable for a return. Frederick said he has received two treatments for Guillain-Barre Syndrome over the past 48 hours and that the treatments will continue for several days. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 470 words, photos.

College

FBC--TEXAS A&M-FISHER TIME

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — All those zeroes in Jimbo Fisher's new contract hang over the coach like a huge cloud. Texas A&M handed Fisher a 10-year, $75 million contract to leave Florida State after Kevin Sumlin was fired last year. Aggie fans believe that's 75 million reasons why he should be the one to deliver their first national title since 1939. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 1000 words, photo.

FBC--HOW TO MAKE A SCHEDULE

Ask athletic directors what they are trying to accomplish when they build a nonconference football schedule and the objectives are mostly the same: Come up with a slate of games that allows the school to meet its competitive and financial goals. What are those goals? The answers vary widely. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1800 words, photo.

CFL

— FBO--CFL-MANZIEL — Johnny Manziel has missed another practice and will almost certainly miss his second game in a row for the Montreal Alouettes because of a concussion. SENT: 170 words.

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