Game thread No. 8: Houston Astros at Toronto Blue Jays, Apr 8, 2014 6:07 PM CDT

Scott Halleran

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Houston at Toronto, 6:07 p.m.

TV: CSN Houston, MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
Blue Jays SBNation Blog: Bluebird Banter

Pitching matchup

LHP Brett Oberholtzer (0-1, 5 2/3 IP, 4.76 ERA) vs. LHP Mark Buehrle (1-0, 8 2/3 IP, 4.15 ERA)

Lineups

Astros
  1. Robbie Grossman LF
  2. Jose Altuve 2B
  3. Jesus Guzman 1B
  4. Jason Castro C
  5. Chris Carter D
  6. LJ Hoes RF
  7. Matt Dominguez 3B
  8. Alex Presley CF
  9. Jonathan Villar SS
    Brett Oberholtzer P
Blue Jays

  1. Melky Cabrera LF
  2. Adam Lind DH
  3. Jose Bautista RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion 1B
  5. Dioner Navarro C
  6. Brett Lawrie 3B
  7. Colby Rasmus CF
  8. Maicer Izturis 2B
  9. Jonathan Diaz SS
    Mark Buehrle P

Quote from Series Preview

    Mark Buehrle is known for his slow starts, that wasn't the case in his opening start against the Rays. He pitched 8.2 innings of shutout baseball, allowing four hits, one walk, and struck out 11. The left-hander's main job is to eat up innings like he has done his entire career as the current innings pitched leader in major league baseball. He is working with a fastball around 85mph. He'll need to his spots, If not we may see a repeat of the Astros' Opening Day against other big lefty.
    Jesus Guzman has hit Buehrle well in his career, three hits in six at-bats including two doubles. Robbie Grossman is also 2-for-4 in his career. Outside of that, Buehrle owned the Astros in 2013 - giving up one earned run over 17 innings including a completed game shutout on July 25.
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