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Game No. 91 Preview: Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays

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Astros look to break their five-game slide in the final game before the All-Star break.

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Houston Astros (49-41) at Tampa Bay Rays (45-45), Jul 11, 2015 12:10 PM CDT

TV: Roots Sports SW, MLB.TV 
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM 
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Pitching Matchup

RHP Lance McCullers (4-2, 2.16 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) vs. LHP Matt Moore (0-0, 8.00 ERA, 2.11 WHIP)

Preview

The All-star break could not come sooner for the Astros -- injured at many position, struggling at the plate and the bullpen. One of the highlights of the season, Lance McCullers takes the mound for Houston in their final game of the first half. McCullers, a Tampa native, was pushed back from Friday to start today. He has given up just one earned run his last three starts. That is just three earned runs over 18 innings.

McCullers squares off against Matt Moore. Moore is returning from Tommy John surgery this season. He is making his third start this season, he wasn't able to get out the fifth inning in his previous two starts. Moore pitched seven scoreless in his one career start against the Astros.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. MATT MOORE
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Chris Carter"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Chris Carter 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0.200 0.333 0.200 0.533
Colby Rasmus"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Colby Rasmus 12 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 0.083 0.214 0.083 0.298
Jose Altuve"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jose Altuve 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333
Jason Castro"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jason Castro 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333
Alex Presley"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Alex Presley 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

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