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Oakland Athletics (86-60, second in the AL West) vs. Houston Astros (95-52, first in the AL West)

Houston; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Athletics: Homer Bailey (12-8, 4.87 ERA) Astros: Justin Verlander (18-5, 2.52 ERA)

BOTTOM LINE: Houston will host Oakland in a meeting of division foes.

The Astros are 47-17 against AL West opponents. Houston leads the league in hitting with a .276 batting average, Michael Brantley leads the team with an average of .323.

The Athletics are 35-28 against opponents from the AL West. Oakland has hit 232 home runs this season, fifth in the league. Matt Chapman leads the team with 32, averaging one every 16.4 at-bats. The Athletics won the last meeting 5-3. Brett Anderson recorded his 12th victory and Marcus Semien went 3-for-5 with a home run and an RBI for Oakland. Josh James registered his first loss for Houston.

TOP PERFORMERS: Alex Bregman leads the Astros with 35 home runs and is batting .296. George Springer is 9-for-23 with five home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Houston.

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Semien leads the Athletics with 167 hits and has 81 RBIs. Matt Olson has 11 hits and is batting .314 over the last 10 games for Oakland.

LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 7-3, .291 batting average, 4.50 ERA, outscored opponents by 26 runs

Athletics: 8-2, .270 batting average, 4.55 ERA, outscored opponents by 24 runs

Astros Injuries: Aaron Sanchez: (pectoral), Ryan Pressly: (knee), Brad Peacock: (shoulder), Collin McHugh: (undisclosed), Lance McCullers Jr.: (elbow), Yuli Gurriel: (leg), Carlos Correa: (back).

Athletics Injuries: Daniel Gossett: (elbow), Stephen Piscotty: (ankle), Luis Barrera: (shoulder).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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