Texas Rangers (48-60, third in the AL West) vs. Houston Astros (70-40, first in the AL West)
Houston; Tuesday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rangers: Martin Perez (9-2, 2.47 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 116 strikeouts); Astros: Jose Urquidy (10-4, 3.62 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 90 strikeouts)
LINE: Astros -178, Rangers +151; over/under is 8 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Houston Astros host the Texas Rangers on Tuesday to begin a three-game series.
Houston is 70-40 overall and 34-17 in home games. The Astros have a 37-5 record in games when they hit two or more home runs.
Texas is 25-29 in road games and 48-60 overall. The Rangers have a 19-45 record in games when they have given up a home run.
Tuesday's game is the 12th time these teams square off this season. The Astros have an 8-3 advantage in the season series.
TOP PERFORMERS: Yordan Alvarez has 15 doubles, two triples, 30 home runs and 73 RBI for the Astros. Trey Mancini is 4-for-18 with three home runs and seven RBI over the past 10 games.
Corey Seager has 13 doubles, a triple and 24 home runs while hitting .248 for the Rangers. Marcus Semien is 11-for-42 with a triple and two home runs over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 5-5, .258 batting average, 2.22 ERA, outscored opponents by 21 runs
Rangers: 4-6, .230 batting average, 4.15 ERA, outscored by six runs
INJURIES: Astros: Jason Castro: 60-Day IL (knee), Blake Taylor: 60-Day IL (elbow), Michael Brantley: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Josh James: 60-Day IL (lat), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (forearm)
Rangers: Dennis Santana: 15-Day IL (ankle), Kole Calhoun: 10-Day IL (heel), Jon Gray: 15-Day IL (side), Joe Barlow: 15-Day IL (blister), Mitch Garver: 60-Day IL (forearm), Eli White: 60-Day IL (wrist)
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
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