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Former Texan Owen Daniels backs up Duane Brown's claim that McNair met with team after 2008 election

Owen Daniels tells ESPN 97.5 that Duane Brown was telling the truth about McNair meeting with the team after the 2008 election. Tim Warner/Getty Images

Former Texan Owen Daniels was on ESPN 97.5 with John Granato and Raheel Ramzanali on March 6th and spoke about the strange meeting Texans owner Bob McNair held with the players after the election of President Barack Obama in 2008. Despite any claims to the contrary, Daniels said that the meeting did happen, and he found it very peculiar that McNair would hold a meeting with the team to inform them about his displeasure with the results of the election. McNair has denied that this meeting took place, but now at least two players have confirmed that it did indeed happen.

Yesterday, McNair was in the news again for stating that he regrets apologizing for his controversial comments about the 'inmates running the prison.' McNair's recent statement led John Granato and Lance Zierlein to revisit the interview with Owen Daniels and and question why the Texans owner continues to keep giving live to this story. It may be time for McNair to step away from the organization because this is clearly not a good look for the league or the Texans. Houston may struggle to bring in free agents because of the reputation McNair has created for himself.

If you would like to hear the full segment with John and Lance's commentary today, you can listen here.  If you would prefer to listen to the Owen Daniels interview isolated, click here.

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Carlos Correa had a big home run Saturday night. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

With four wins in a row, including the first two of this series, Houston had a chance to keep their momentum going to lock up a series win on Saturday in this four-game set. Although Texas would make it interesting late, the Astros would hold them off to get the victory.

Final Score: Astros 6, Rangers 5

Astros' Record: 23-17, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Luis Garcia (1-3)

Losing Pitcher: Dane Dunning (2-3)

Action in the first

After getting trounced the night prior, the Rangers managed to grab early momentum with a run to start the scoring Saturday night against Luis Garcia. It came after a one-out triple set up a sac fly, giving Texas a 1-0 lead. Houston quickly took control back in their favor, though, putting up four in the bottom of the inning on a two-RBI single by Alex Bregman and a two-run homer by Carlos Correa, making it 4-1 Astros.

The scoreboard went quiet after that inning, with both teams slowing down at the plate. Garcia put together a decent night, allowing just the one run over five innings of work, erasing some runners throughout the night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 94 P.

Rangers tighten it up late

Bryan Abreu was the first reliever to enter for Houston, taking over for Garcia in the top of the sixth. He worked around a leadoff single, keeping it a three-run game, then returned for a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. Correa led off with a double in the bottom of the inning, setting up a two-run Kyle Tucker homer, extending his recent hot streak and the lead to 6-1.

Ryne Stanek took over on the mound for Houston in the top of the eighth but worked himself into trouble with a single and walk to set up a three-run homer by Joey Gallo to make it a two-run game at 6-4. He would manage just one out before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Brandon Bielak. Bielak would allow a run while getting the final two outs, making it 6-5.

Astros secure the series

After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Ryan Pressly would try to notch another save and close the door on the Rangers. He would get the job done, sitting the Rangers down in order, keeping Houston's winning streak intact.

Up Next: The finale of this four-game set will start at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Lance McCullers JR. (3-1, 3.10 ERA), fresh off of a recent gem, will look to continue his success for the Astros, while Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.28) will try to stay perfect on the season for the Rangers.

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