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ESPN Images takes you behind the scenes of MLB’s #OpeningNight Rangers-Astros game

Editor’s note: Front Row celebrates its second anniversary with a post showcasing ESPN Images’ look at how ESPN produced exclusive national television coverage of the 2013 Major League Baseball season-opener in Houston on Sunday.

It’s official. The 2013 Major League Baseball season is underway.

The historic March 31 Sunday Night Baseball opener on ESPN featured new American League West rivals, the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros. After 50 years in the National League, the Astros won their AL debut 8-2.

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ESPN Images freelance sports photographer Cody Duty was at Houston’s Minute Maid Park to capture all the grandeur of #OpeningNight. In the gallery above, Duty provides insights into how ESPN’s baseball production team works behind the scenes.

These photos and additional action shots won’t just live here on Front Row. ESPN Images’ photos will be used by a wide variety of departments within ESPN, including remote production, marketing, digital, social media and public relations. These images will also be used as on-air promotional “drop-ins” for baseball on ESPN, as well as on Baseball Tonight’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

While the season got started with a single game Sunday night, ESPN Images photographers Scott Clarke, Allen Kee and Phil Ellsworth will all be on-site this afternoon covering three #OpeningDay additional games airing on ESPN and ESPN2, including: the Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees (1 p.m. ET, ESPN); the San Franciso Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers (4 p.m., ESPN) and the Philadelphia Phillies at the Atlanta Braves (7 p.m., ESPN2).

In addition, ESPN2 also will air the St. Louis Cardinals at the Arizona Diamondbacks at 10 p.m.

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