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GameThread No.65: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers, June 8, 2018 7:05 PM CDT

Join the conversation as Justin Verlander looks to lead the Astros to a 2-0 series lead against the Arlington Rangers

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Texas Rangers (27-38) vs. Houston Astros (39-25), June 8, 2018 7:05 PM CDT

TV: AT&T SportsNet-SW

Radio: KBME 790, La Ranchera 850 AM

Online: MLB.TV

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Pitching Matchup

RHP Doug Fister (1-6, 4.13 ERA, 38 SO) vs. Justin Verlander (7-2, 1.24 ERA, 104 SO)

Two former teammates face off tonight as Fister and Verlander were once on the same Detroit Tigers pitching staff. Tonight, Verlander will look to continue his success against the Rangers as the Astros ace already has 23 strikeouts in 20 innings against Arlington while only allowing two earned runs.

Today's Lineups

Still no Carlos Correa for the Houston Astros as the young shortstop is now missing his second consecutive game with soreness in his right side. The Astros do not believe that Correa's injury is serious but are being cautious and will not know more about his status until Correa swings a bat. However, Brian McCann is back in the lineup tonight after being activated from the 10-day disabled list.

Houston Astros Texas Rangers
George Springer - CF Shin-Soo Choo - DH
Alex Bregman - 3B Jurickson Profar - SS
Jose Altuve - 2B Nomar Mazara - RF
Yuli Gurriel - 1B Adrian Beltre - 3B
Evan Gattis - DH Joey Gallo - LF
Josh Reddick - RF Robinson Chirinos - C
Marwin Gonzalez - SS Rougned Odor - 2B
Brian McCann - C Ronald Guzman - 1B
Tony Kemp - LF Delino DeShields - CF
Justin Verlander - RHP Doug Fister - RHP