Houston takes 3-game losing streak into matchup with Minnesota


Minnesota Twins (13-7, first in the AL Central) vs. Houston Astros (13-9, second in the AL West)

Houston; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Twins: Michael Pineda (2-1, 5.30 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 16 strikeouts) Astros: Wade Miley (2-2, 3.32 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 11 strikeouts)

LINE: Astros favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Houston enters the matchup as losers of their last three games.

The Astros are 6-1 in home games. Houston's team on-base percentage of .350 is sixth in the majors. Alex Bregman leads the lineup with an OBP of .430.

The Twins are 8-3 on the road. Minnesota leads the American League in hitting with a .277 batting average, Jorge Polanco leads the team with an average of .392. The Twins won the last meeting 9-5. Jake Odorizzi earned his second victory and Polanco went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and four RBIs for Minnesota. Brad Peacock registered his first loss for Houston.

TOP PERFORMERS: George Springer leads the Astros with 18 RBIs and is batting .273. Josh Reddick has 15 hits and is batting .385 over the last 10 games for Houston.

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Polanco leads the Twins with 29 hits and has nine RBIs. Eddie Rosario is 14-for-42 with two doubles, seven home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Minnesota.

LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 6-4, .288 batting average, 4.66 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs

Twins: 7-3, .280 batting average, 4.60 ERA, outscored opponents by 15 runs

Astros Injuries: Joe Smith: 10-day IL (achilles), Lance McCullers Jr.: 10-day IL (elbow).

Twins Injuries: Addison Reed: 10-day IL (thumb), Gabriel Moya: 10-day IL (shoulder), Matt Magill: 10-day IL (shoulder), Miguel Sano: 10-day IL (heel).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.

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