Garcia scheduled to start for Houston against Toronto

Houston Astros (32-26, second in the AL West) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (30-26, third in the AL East)

Buffalo, New York; Sunday, 1:07 p.m. EDT


PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Luis Garcia (4-3, 2.72 ERA, .98 WHIP, 60 strikeouts) Blue Jays: Steven Matz (6-2, 4.22 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 64 strikeouts)

LINE: Blue Jays -111, Astros -105; over/under is 9 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Toronto and Houston will square off on Sunday.

The Blue Jays are 13-12 on their home turf. Toronto has slugged .443, good for the best mark in the American League. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the team with a .672 slugging percentage, including 30 extra-base hits and 18 home runs.

The Astros are 12-13 on the road. Houston's team on-base percentage of .333 is second in the American League. Yuli Gurriel leads the lineup with an OBP of .381.


The Blue Jays won the last meeting 6-2. Ross Stripling earned his second victory and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI for Toronto. Jose Urquidy took his third loss for Houston.

TOP PERFORMERS: Guerrero Jr. leads the Blue Jays with 30 extra base hits and is batting .338.

Gurriel leads the Astros with 40 RBI and is batting .314.

LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jays: 7-3, .298 batting average, 3.71 ERA, outscored opponents by 12 runs

Astros: 6-4, .258 batting average, 3.26 ERA, outscored opponents by 14 runs


INJURIES: Blue Jays: Kirby Yates: (tommy john surgery), David Phelps: (right lat), Patrick Murphy: (shoulder), Tommy Milone: (shoulder), Julian Merryweather: (left oblique), Tom Hatch: (elbow), A.J. Cole: (neck), Ryan Borucki: (forearm), Travis Bergen: (shoulder), George Springer: (quad), Cavan Biggio: (spine), Alejandro Kirk: (left hip flexor).

Astros: Justin Verlander: (elbow), Austin Pruitt: (elbow), Lance McCullers Jr.: (shoulder), Josh James: (hip), Kent Emanuel: (elbow), Pedro Baez: (right shoulder), Bryan Abreu: (calf), Michael Brantley: (hamstring), Aledmys Diaz: (hand), Jason Castro: (achilles).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
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