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Game No. 83 Preview: Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox

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Astros face the Red Sox on Fourth of July.

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (45-34) at Boston Red Sox (37-45), Jul 4, 2015 12:35 PM CDT

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

RHP Collin McHugh (9-3, 4.51 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) vs. RHP Clay Buchholz (4-1, 3.48 ERA, 1.24 WHIP)

Preview

Friday's game was a fun rollercoaster as the Astros pulled up the win in extra innings against the Red Sox. The Astros offense didn't skip a beat with George Springer out of the lineup, and Carlos Correa introduced himself to the east coast media.

The Astros now turn to Collin McHugh for game two on July 4th against the Red Sox's ace Clay Buchholz. McHugh has found his form again, going on a three-game winning streak. He has allowed just three earned runs over his last 16 innings in two starts.

BOSTON RED SOX CAREER STATISTICS VS. COLLIN MCHUGH
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jackie Bradley Jr. 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Alejandro De Aza"]">Alejandro De Aza 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Brock Holt"]">Brock Holt 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.500 0.667 0.500 1.167
Daniel Nava"]">Daniel Nava 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.667 1.000
Xander Bogaerts"]">Xander Bogaerts 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333
Ryan Hanigan"]">Ryan Hanigan 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333
David Ortiz"]">David Ortiz 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333

Buchholz has been lights out in the month of June, posting a 2.21 ERA in six starts.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. CLAY BUCHHOLZ
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Robbie Grossman"]">Robbie Grossman 11 4 1 0 1 2 0 4 0.364 0.364 0.727 1.091
Chris Carter"]">Chris Carter 9 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.333 0.333 0.444 0.778
Jason Castro"]">Jason Castro 8 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 0.375 0.444 0.375 0.819
Colby Rasmus"]">Colby Rasmus 21 3 0 0 0 2 3 5 0.143 0.280 0.143 0.423
Hank Conger"]">Hank Conger 5 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.400 0.500 0.600 1.100
Marwin Gonzalez"]">Marwin Gonzalez 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.222 0.222 0.333 0.556
Jose Altuve"]">Jose Altuve 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.083 0.083 0.083 0.167
Jake Marisnick"]">Jake Marisnick 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Luis Valbuena"]">Luis Valbuena 8 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.125 0.125 0.500 0.625
Jed Lowrie"]">Jed Lowrie 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Jon Singleton"]">Jon Singleton 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.000 0.167 0.000 0.167
George Springer 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

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