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On deck: Astros at Los Angeles Angels

August 24, 2018

On deck: Astrosat L.A. AngelsWhen/where: Today at 9:07 p.m., Saturday at 8:07 p.m., Sunday at 3:07 p.m.; Angel Stadium.TV/radio: ATTSW; 790 AM, 850 AM (Spanish), 101.7 FM (Spanish).Pitchers: Today, LHP Dallas Keuchel (9-10, 3.59) vs. LHP Andrew Heaney (7-7, 4.11); Saturday, RHP Justin Verlander (12-8, 2.65) vs. RHP Jaime Barria (8-7, 3.41); Sunday, TBA vs. RHP Felix Pena (1-3, 4.53).Astros (77-50) update: The Astros are 5-4 against the Angels this year, including 4-2 at Anaheim. … Based on Tuesday’s game at Seattle, manager A.J. Hinch might treat Sunday’s series finale against the Angels as a bullpen game, determining his starter after assessing how he has deployed his relievers in the first two games. … Verlander is the fourth pitcher sitting on 200 career wins, joining Chuck Finley, George Uhle and Tim Wakefield. With another victory, Verlander will tie Hall of Famer Rube Marquard and Charlie Root for 109th place all-time. … Now that he is back, Jose Altuve has some work to do if he is to reach 200 hits for the fifth consecutive year. With 136, he needs 64 in the Astros’ final 35 games. He also is seeking to lead the American League in hits for the fifth year in a row but through Wednesday stood 10th and trailed league-leading J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox by 18.Angels (63-65) update: Mike Trout has missed the last 20 games with right wrist inflammation suffered on a slide into third base on Aug. 2 at Tampa Bay. … Trout is the latest in a long line of injury woes for the Angels this season. When Justin Upton went on the disabled list Tuesday, the Angels tied a club record with 15 players on the DL simultaneously. Upton became the 25th Angels player to go on the DL this year. … In his last 36 games, Kole Calhoun is hitting .314 with 34 runs, 12 homers and 35 RBIs. … With his next home run, Albert Pujols will become the fifth player with at least 20 in 17 different seasons, joining Hank Aaron (20), Barry Bonds (19), Willie Mays (17) and Frank Robinson (17).

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