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MLB : ATS Matchup
Friday 4/26/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  +100

-1.5  -120



HOUSTON (7 - 15) at BOSTON (15 - 7)
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Friday, 4/26/2013 7:10 PM
Board OpeningLatest
967HOUSTON+210Ov 9,-110+230Ov 9,+105
968BOSTON-230Un 9,-110-260Un 9,-125
HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games7-15-5.612-84.10.2560.3085.80.2860.358
Road Games3-7-2.25-44.60.2780.3345.30.2680.344
vs Right-handed Starters5-10-3.17-64.00.2530.3045.10.2830.350
Past 7 Games3-4-0.83-24.10.2650.3216.40.3200.387
Grass Games7-15-5.612-84.10.2560.3085.80.2860.358
Night Games6-10-1.59-64.20.2560.3065.90.2830.357
HOUSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.10.2560.3082274719169250.0384562181014112132811
Road Games4.60.2780.334103539835130.0444308456975126
Righty Starters4.00.2530.3041550912949190.045737150995792310
HOUSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.551.461895645951335471-33175%
Road Games4.151.41039221839416181-2010%

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games15-7+712-94.90.2560.3303.60.2250.304
Home Games8-5+1.25-74.00.2290.3024.10.2200.311
vs Left-handed Starters4-2+22-43.50.2350.3123.00.2160.303
Past 7 Games4-3-0.14-24.60.2520.3295.40.2600.348
Grass Games13-6+5.510-84.60.2540.3283.70.2190.306
Night Games7-5+1.39-25.10.2650.3384.70.2430.329
BOSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.90.2560.3302273918970190.0310582194201571562017
Home Games4.00.2290.302134109438100.025143106879861513
Lefty Starters3.50.2350.3126196461320.012122485414055
BOSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.331.25162.33030511027753-38466.7%
Home Games5.611.48533.7212132618432-34357.1%
HOUSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/12/2013NORRIS(R)@ LA ANGELSHANSON(R)5-0W1858 unU1090452
4/13/2013HARRELL(R)@ LA ANGELSRICHARDS(R)4-5L1758.5 unO4311380
4/14/2013HUMBER(R)@ LA ANGELSWILSON(L)1-4L1908 ovU7100950
4/15/2013BEDARD(L)@ OAKLANDMILONE(L)2-11L1807 ovO870960
4/16/2013PEACOCK(R)@ OAKLANDGRIFFIN(R)3-4L2107.5 evU660870
4/17/2013NORRIS(R)@ OAKLANDCOLON(R)5-7L1758 unO11511180
4/19/2013HARRELL(R)CLEVELANDMYERS(R)3-2W+1058.5 ovU660890
4/20/2013HUMBER(R)CLEVELANDKAZMIR(L)6-19L+1008.5 ovO118322120
4/21/2013BEDARD(L)CLEVELANDJIMENEZ(R)4-5L-1059 unP8801180
4/22/2013PEACOCK(R)SEATTLEHERNANDEZ(R)1-7L+1507.5 ovO7621260
4/23/2013NORRIS(R)SEATTLEIWAKUMA(R)3-2W+1157.5 ovU8110972
4/24/2013HARRELL(R)SEATTLESAUNDERS(L)10-3W-1108 evO1440970
4/25/2013HUMBER(R)@ BOSTONBUCHHOLZ(R)2-7L2459 ovP7511170
5/3/2013 DETROIT  

BOSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/13/2013LESTER(L)TAMPA BAYPRICE(L)2-1W-1208 unU780671
4/14/2013BUCHHOLZ(R)TAMPA BAYCOBB(R)5-0W-1358.5 unU850351
4/15/2013DEMPSTER(R)TAMPA BAYHELLICKSON(R)3-2W-1458.5 unU430430
4/16/2013DOUBRONT(L)@ CLEVELANDJIMENEZ(R)7-2W-1158 unO680690
4/17/2013ACEVES(R)@ CLEVELANDMASTERSON(R)6-3W1208 unO15100761
4/18/2013LESTER(L)@ CLEVELANDMCALLISTER(R)6-3W-1208 ovO970641
4/20/2013BUCHHOLZ(R)KANSAS CITYSHIELDS(R)4-3W-1358 unU7611071
4/21/2013DEMPSTER(R)KANSAS CITYSANTANA(R)2-4L-1508 unU870850
4/21/2013WEBSTER(R)KANSAS CITYGUTHRIE(R)4-5L-1508 unO991971
4/22/2013DOUBRONT(L)OAKLANDGRIFFIN(R)9-6W-1308 unO980582
4/23/2013ACEVES(R)OAKLANDCOLON(R)0-13L-1158.5 evO3421380
4/24/2013LESTER(L)OAKLANDANDERSON(L)6-5W-1558 ovO1090980
4/25/2013BUCHHOLZ(R)HOUSTONHUMBER(R)7-2W-2859 ovP1170751
5/3/2013 @ TEXAS  
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Astros-Red Sox Preview* ========================


Houston (7-14) at Boston (14-7), 7:10 p.m. EDT

While Ryan Dempster has pitched well in a Boston uniform, he doesn't have much to show for it.

He's always had trouble getting wins against the Houston Astros.

Dempster faces a familiar foe Friday night as the Red Sox continue a four-game set against the slumping Astros at Fenway Park.

Signed to a two-year deal as a free agent this offseason, Dempster (0-2, 3.38 ERA) has limited opponents to a .186 average and is among the AL leaders with 33 strikeouts through four starts. He allowed four runs and six hits over seven innings Sunday in a 4-2 loss to Kansas City.

"I thought he pitched with equal effectiveness, as he has in previous starts this season," manager John Farrell told MLB's official website.

One reason Dempster remains winless is that Boston (15-7) has scored just seven runs in his 24 innings. It's a similar start to last season, when Dempster was 0-3 after his first nine starts as the Cubs provided him 15 runs of support.

After spending the majority of his career in the NL, Dempster has plenty of experience against the Astros, who joined the AL this season. The 35-year-old right-hander is 6-12 with a 4.32 ERA over 51 games - 25 starts - versus Houston, tied for his second-most losses against any opponent.

Dempster, though, would appear to have a favorable matchup this time. Houston has lost six consecutive road games, getting limited to 17 runs and a .217 average after losing Thursday's series opener 7-2.

Carlos Pena is mired in a 1-for-20 slump for the Astros (7-15), who are looking to avoid their worst start through 23 games since 1969.

"It's definitely not fun," manager Bo Porter said.

David Ortiz went 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs on Thursday, remaining a difficult out since coming off the disabled list Saturday. He's 11 for 20 with six runs scored and five RBIs in five games after being sidelined with an Achilles problem which caused him to miss most of the second half of last season.

"It's remarkable the timing that he's displayed, particularly after the layoff that he's had," Farrell said. "I think even guys in the dugout are marveling at what he's been able to do, as far as not only contact but driving the baseball."

Boston, which improved to 11-0 when scoring first, went 6 for 12 with runners in scoring position. The Red Sox have gone 39 for 118 (.331) in such situations while winning 10 of 13.

Boston will try to stay hot against Erik Bedard (0-1, 6.17), who has not gone past the fourth inning in any of his three starts. The veteran left-hander pitched four Sunday and threw a season-high 75 pitches, giving up two runs and six hits with eight strikeouts in a 5-4 loss to Cleveland.

"Erik has some injury history and we're going to do everything we can to make sure we monitor his workload and continue to build him up going forward," Porter said.

Bedard, who spent part of the 2011 season with Boston, hasn't faced the Red Sox since 2008. He's 4-1 with a 2.22 ERA over his last seven starts against them.

Bedard has made things difficult on several of Boston's top hitters, including Dustin Pedroia (1 for 14), Mike Napoli (3 for 15) and Ortiz (5 for 24). Napoli and Ortiz, though, have combined for three homers against him.

Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is unlikely to be available after sitting out Thursday due to a stiff lower back. Victorino is batting .292 with 12 runs scored.

Boston has won four straight and eight of 10 all-time matchups against Houston, including all four at Fenway.

Last Updated: 4/17/2014 9:33:34 AM EST

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