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Lynn expected to start as Rangers host the Astros

14 July 2019

Jurado did beat the Astros as a starter during his rookie season a year ago, working around a fourth-inning homer by George Springer to allow one other hit in six innings of a 2-1 victory over Verlander on July 28. "It was fantastic, especially to tie the game like that against the Astros".

Verlander (10-4, 2.98 ERA) has recorded 15 career wins against the Rangers are the most over any non-AL Central opponent, which is logical considering he pitched for the Detroit Tigers until being acquired by the Astros on August 31, 2017. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 10-4 with a 2.98 ERA and 153 strikeouts this season. Jurado has allowed 23 earned runs in his last 36.1 innings, and he has a 4.73 RA and.268 allowed batting average at home this season. Shin-Soo Choo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs. Joey Gallo does have a homer but also has whiffed 10 times while going 3 for 26. Verlander should have a bounce back performance here, especially with him having a.214 batting average and 141 strikeouts in 411 career at bats against current Rangers.

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"I consider him a weapon", Astros manager AJ Hinch told MLB.com. He has nine homers and 27 RBIs in his first 21 career games. Cole has 42 strikeouts over 22 1/3 innings in four starts against Texas this season.

Astros: All-Star INF Alex Bregman didn't play a day after needing four stitches for a cut on his chin. With Framber Valdez expected to pitch for the Astros and Lance Lynn on the mound for the Rangers, the vig should be relatively low.

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Smith, sidelined by offseason surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered last December, could return Saturday against the Texas Rangers, providing the Astros additional depth in a bullpen that has been stretched thin in part by an inconsistent back end of the rotation.

Left-hander and All-Star Wade Miley (7-4, 3.28 ERA) will start for the Astros on Saturday. The injury kept Pence from playing in the All-Star Game after being selected by fans as the AL's starting designated hitter. In the bottom of the 11th, the Rangers sent six batters to the plate against Houston closer Roberto Osuna.

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Texas Rangers' Danny Santana makes contact for a walkoff single during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, July 12, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Odor is 11-for-32 with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Texas. After each of their starters recorded at least one hit in the series opener, the Rangers bashed five home runs against Houston pitching to win Friday, including one each in the seventh and eighth innings.

Lynn expected to start as Rangers host the Astros