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Astros prepare for playoffs while facing Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The final week of the season isn't without its usefulness for the Houston Astros. The American League West champions must settle on a pitching staff and bench with the playoffs on tap.

After two more games against the Texas Rangers, there is the issue of facing Boston in the final series of the regular season before a probable matchup with the Red Sox in the AL Division Series. How the Astros approach the series that starts Thursday at Fenway Park could be interesting.

"Exposing guys to different matchups and things like that is a little tricky, but you can overthink that, too," Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. "You really just need to play the games and compete and let whatever happens happen and not get too caught up in that stuff. We'll address how we're going to attack the Boston series as we get closer to it."

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Leaders
AVG: J. Altuve.348
HR: G. Springer33
RBI: M. González85
SB: J. Altuve32
W: D. Keuchel13
ERA: J. Verlander3.82
Saves: K. Giles33
K: J. Verlander176
AL West
TeamWLPctGB
X-Houston 9660.615-
LA Angels 7779.49419
Texas 7680.48720
Seattle 7681.48420.5
Oakland 7284.46224
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General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .280 (1)
Runs: 848 (1)
Hits: 1508 (1)
Home Runs: 228 (4)
Stolen Bases: 96 (7)
OBP: .344 (1)
SLG: .476 (1)
Total Bases: 2560 (1)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.17 (11)
Runs Allowed: 682 (10)
Saves: 43 (8)
Strikeouts: 1530 (2)
OpBA: .241 (6)
OBP: .315 (9)
SLG: .409 (9)
Run Support: 5.48 (1)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/20 M. Fiers Reinstated From League Suspension
9/17 C. Moran Recalled From Minors Rehab Assignment
9/17 C. Moran Removed From 10-Day DL (Facial fractures)
9/14 M. Fiers Suspension Announced By League (five games)
9/14 M. Fiers Starting to Serve Suspension
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/13 J. Marisnick Fractured right thumb (day-to-day)
8/31 B. Rodgers Right elbow surgery - out for season (on 60-day DL)
8/30 E. Gattis off 10-day DL
8/30 Y. Gurriel Right knee soreness (day-to-day)
8/30 J. Verlander Trapezius fatigue (day-to-day)
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