The Astros' Jonathan Villar makes it safely to third for a second-inning triple against the Jays Friday night in Houston.(Photo:AP)
The Toronto Blue Jays prepares to meet the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park at 7:10 PM EST/ 4:10 PM PST today.
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The Jays are currently 17.5 games out of first place and 11.5 games behind forth place. Injuries and starting pitching have been Toronto's downfall. Chien-Ming Wang will make a spot start Saturday -- his first outing back from Triple-A since July 2 -- trying to limit the damage and give the bullpen a break.
Wang was 1-1 with a 7.13 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 24 innings in five starts with the Blue Jays this season.
The Astros, who have the youngest team in the Majors, have been using a six-man rotation for most of the second half and will turn to Brad Peacock in the second game of their three-game set.
Peacock, 25, has a 1.86 ERA over his last three starts since a promotion from Triple-A, striking out 20 in 19 1/3 innings. Last time out, he tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Angels, holding them to four hits and two walks, while striking out five.
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