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Preview: Astros (5-13) at Tigers (8-6)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Comerica Park
Date: May 13, 2013 7:08 PM EDT
  

The Detroit Tigers' Anibal Sanchez owns one of the AL's best ERA's but has had trouble getting consistent run support.

Judging by his career numbers against the lowly Houston Astros, the right-hander might not need too much help in Monday night's series opener in Detroit.

Sanchez (3-3, 1.97 ERA) has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his seven starts but has received a combined three runs from the Tigers (20-15) in his three defeats. He's taken two of those losses in his two outings this month, the latest a 3-1 setback at Washington on Wednesday.

Sanchez pitched at least six innings for the sixth straight time and fanned eight, keeping him among the AL leaders with 58 strikeouts in 45 2-3 innings.

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If he can get some better support, Sanchez would appear to have a good chance to avoid a third straight loss. He's 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in seven career starts against the Astros and had a 1.38 ERA in two matchups last season while with Miami.

Houston (10-28) heads into this game with the worst record in the majors and with 11 losses in its last 12 road games. The Astros are 3-14 overall since April 24 and were outscored 37-8 during a four-game sweep by Detroit from May 2-5 in Houston.

The Tigers could use another such set of performances after dropping four of five. Jose Valverde gave up a one-run lead in the ninth inning Sunday against Cleveland - his first blown save since returning to Detroit - and Darin Downs yielded another run in the extra frame in a 4-3 loss.

That defeat gave Detroit back-to-back losses at Comerica Park, where it had won six of seven.

"It's going to happen, because we are human," catcher Brayan Pena said. "Valverde's our closer, and we're very happy to have him, and he's one of those guys that tomorrow is going to be back on the mound and see what happens."

The Astros' most effective starter, Bud Norris (4-3, 3.40), will try to help add to that skid while winning in back-to-back outings for the first time in 2013. He gave up one run and scattered nine hits over eight innings in Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

"I really hope that the rest of the starters take heed of what can happen when you attack the strike zone,' manager Bo Porter said. "We have a pretty good defense, and when you make the other team feel like they have to swing early in the count (and) put the ball in play (and) allow our defense to play, we get starts like we got tonight from Bud Norris."

The right-hander allowed two runs over seven innings in his only start against Detroit on May 3, but the Astros bullpen blew a one-run lead in the ninth in a 4-3 loss.

Miguel Cabrera had the only extra-base hit off Norris in that game, a double, and his hit streak has now grown to 11 games. Cabrera, who is batting .404 with 14 RBIs during his current run, was 8 for 17 (.471) with two homers and seven RBIs in the four games in Houston.

Cabrera wasn't with the Tigers during the most recent visit from Houston, a three-game Detroit sweep June 26-28, 2006.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Astros at Tigers
Mon, May 13 Final 2 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Astros at Tigers
Tue, May 14 Final 2 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Astros at Tigers
Wed, May 15 Final 7 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 HOU  +260   +130   8 
 DET  -320   -150   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 HOU  +260   +135   8 
 DET  -340   -155   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 HOU  31%   8%   36% 
 DET  69%   92%   64% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 9 Cover: +100 
 HOU 0 Over: 9 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 18 Cover: +100 
 HOU 2 Over: 20 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 4 Cover: +100 
 HOU 3 Under: 7 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 2, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 7 Cover: +100 
 HOU 3 Over: 10 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Mar 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 HOU 7 Cover: +150 
 DET 2 Over: 9 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 HOU 5 Over: 13 
 DET 8 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Monday, May 13
 
    Yankees at Indians
12:05 PM EDT
    Yankees at Indians
3:05 PM EDT
    Astros at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Cardinals
7:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Royals at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Rangers at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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