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Houston Astros (40-82) at LA Angels of Anaheim (55-67), 2:35 p.m. (CT)

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Obertholtzer takes the mound in the rubber game in Anaheim.

Stephen Dunn

Houston at Los Angeles of Anaheim , 2:35 pm (CT)

TV: CSN Houston, MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
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Pitching Match

LHP Brett Oberholtzer (2-1/ 2.57 ERA / 1.04 WHIP) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (6-5 / 3.86 ERA / 1.39 WHIP)

Preview

Okay, let's reset for game three. Houston can still win two straight series today, before heading off to the place up in north Texas.

On the mound today for the Astros is Brett Oberholtzer; Obe' has been nothing short of masterful in a few starts this seasons. In his three starts thus far, he is 2-1 with 0.87 ERA with a 0.87 WHIP. In 20.2 innings, he was walked four and struck out 14.

Obe' will be dealing with Mike Trout who is 2-for-6 this series with three walks and two runs scored. Josh Hamilton turned his hitless game one performance into a 2-for-5 day in day two with a home run (that damn home run). Mark Trumbo returned from his day off in a big way, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Peter Bourjos has failed to get a hit in his first eight at-bats back from the Disabled List.

Jason Vargas gets the start today for the Angels. This will be Vargas' second start since returning from DL. Vargas had blood clot in his shoulder causing with the circulation in his hand. Vargas pitched 4.1 innings in New York on Wednesday, giving up eight hits and allowed four runs to the Yankees. In his lone start against Houston this season Vargus gave up five runs on 10 hits over 5.2 innings.

Jose Altuve is 3-for-3 agains today's Angels' starter. Matt Dominguez is 2-for-2 with three runs batted in against Vargas. Jason Castro has the Astros' lone extra base against Vargas, a double in three at-bats. Chris Carter has had a rough time with Vargus, 1-for-12 with six strikeouts.