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American League action on Sunday features a showdown in Texas when the Boston Red Sox visit the Houston Astros. The current line on top sportsbooks has Houston slightly favored at -115, with Boston at -105 and the over/under run total sitting on 9.

Entering this game, Boston is 38-30 overall and 17-19 on the road. The Red Sox are 6-4 over their last 10 games played. This season Houston is 46-23 overall and 23-15 at home. The Astros are 4-6 in their last 10 games played.

Boston won the opening game of this series on Friday 2-1, but Houston easily won on Saturday setting up the rubber match in this three-game weekend set between the two AL rivals.

On Friday, Boston’s bullpen extended its scoreless innings streak to 24 in quieting the Astros bats. However, on Saturday Houston scored 7 runs off reigning Cy Young holder Rick Porcello for a 7-1 win.

Jose Altuve over his last three games has 7 hits in 10 at bats including 4 doubles, 1 homer and 5 runs scored.

The Red Sox lost on Saturday, but its bullpen extended its scoreless innings streak to 26 straight, which is the longest streak for any bullpen in baseball this season.

On Sunday night, Boston will send David Price to the mound. The Red Sox southpaw is 1-1 with an ERA of 5.09. Houston will counter with Joe Musgrove. The Astros right-hander is 4-5 with an ERA of 4.81.

Price came back from a difficult outing to pitch well last Tuesday against the Phillies. Price has had problems with walks issuing eight over his last two starts.

Musgrove came off the disabled list on Tuesday to face Texas and lost after allowing a five hits and two runs over 5 innings of work.

Houston designated hitter Carlos Beltran smacked a two-run homer Saturday and now has 430 for his career.

Boston is errorless in its past five games.

Houston pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. may start this week after recovering from a sore back.

Boston is 7-1 in its last 8 games against AL West opponents.

Houston is 4-1 in its last 5 games against AL East opponents.

With this free pick, we like Houston to win.

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Sunday, June 18th, 2017 2017, Baseball

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