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Preview: Astros (42-61) at Mariners (53-50)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Safeco Field
Date: September 11, 2013 10:10 PM EDT
  

The Seattle Mariners are skipping Felix Hernandez's scheduled start yet again as he continues to nurse an injury. It could be coming at an especially bad time as they try to cool off a suddenly hot Houston Astros offense.

Rookie Brandon Maurer gets the ball for a spot start Wednesday night against Houston at Safeco Field.

Hernandez already missed his scheduled start Sunday against Tampa Bay due to back stiffness after leaving his most recent outing Sept. 2 due to lower back cramps. Now he'll be scratched again with no set timetable for his return.

"I guess you'd call it a minor oblique strain on the left side, if you had to put a label on it, but it was more just stiffness," manager Eric Wedge said.

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Maurer (4-7, 6.85 ERA) started the year in the rotation for the Mariners (65-80) but was sent to Triple-A Tacoma after going 2-7 with a 6.93 ERA in 10 starts in the season's first two months. Perhaps the worst came in a 16-9 shelling versus Houston on April 9 as the right-hander gave up six runs and seven hits in only two-thirds of an inning.

Maurer has been used as a long reliever since being recalled in late July, posting a 6.64 ERA over eight appearances spanning 20 1-3 innings. He hasn't thrown since a 1 1-3-inning appearance in a 7-6 loss at Kansas City on Thursday.

"I'm excited. I'm ready to give it another go. I just didn't know when," Maurer told the team's official website. "I think I can go 100 (pitches). I feel good, so I will go until they tell me I can't go anymore. I feel about as fresh as I can right now."

The Astros (49-96) had another solid night at the plate, collecting 17 hits in a 13-2 victory over Seattle on Tuesday despite missing All-Star Jason Castro for a third straight game due to a sore right knee. Matt Dominguez, Chris Carter and Jose Altuve were a combined 9 for 15 with five doubles and six RBIs. Altuve's 21 hits this month lead baseball.

Houston is averaging 5.3 runs over its last nine games while batting .280, including a .333 clip with runners in scoring position.

"It definitely is contagious," manager Bo Porter said after his club recorded a season-high 10 extra-base hits. "You start to swing the bat and you start to see your teammates getting hits."

Starter Brad Peacock (4-5, 5.62) could likely use another big night from the offense given his results against the Mariners this year. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 9.64 ERA.

Kyle Seager, Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak are a combined 9 for 20 off him.

The Mariners dealt shortstop Brendan Ryan to the New York Yankees on Tuesday night in exchange for a player to be named later. The emergence of rookie shortstop Brad Miller, who is hitting .259 with 35 runs in 66 games, made Ryan more expendable as he was hitting a career-low .192.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Astros at Mariners
Mon, Sep 9 Final 6 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Astros at Mariners
Tue, Sep 10 Final 13 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Astros at Mariners
Wed, Sep 11 Final 6 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 HOU  +137   -155   9.5 
 SEA  -147   +135   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 HOU  +134   -150   9.5 
 SEA  -149   +130   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 HOU         
 SEA         
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Sep 10, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 HOU 13 Cover: +140 
 SEA 2 Over: 15 
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 Sep 9, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 HOU 6 Cover: +150 
 SEA 4 Over: 10 
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 Sep 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 0 Under: 2 
 HOU 2 Cover: +140 
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 Aug 31, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 3 Cover: +105 
 HOU 1 Under: 4 
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 Aug 30, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 7 Cover: +100 
 HOU 1 Under: 8 
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 Aug 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 3 Cover: +100 
 HOU 2 Under: 5 
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 Jul 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 12 Cover: +100 
 HOU 5 Over: 17 
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 Jul 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 4 Cover: +100 
 HOU 2 Under: 6 
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 Jul 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 10 Cover: +100 
 HOU 7 Over: 17 
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 Jun 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 HOU 6 Cover: +124 
 SEA 1 Under: 7 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Wednesday, Sep 11
 
    Royals at Indians
12:05 PM EDT
    Cubs at Reds
12:35 PM EDT
    Pirates at Rangers
2:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Giants
3:45 PM EDT
    Yankees at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Padres at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Braves at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Tigers at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Astros at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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