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On deck: Los Angels Angels at Astros

April 23, 2018

On deck: L.A. Angels at Astros

When/where: Today and Tuesday at 7:10 p.m., Wednesday at 1:10 p.m.; Minute Maid Park.

TV/radio: ATTSW; 790 AM and 850 AM/101.7 FM (Spanish).

Pitchers: Today, RHP Gerrit Cole (2-0, 0.96) vs. LHP Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 3.98); Tuesday, RHP Charlie Morton (3-0, 0.72) vs. RHP Shohei Ohtani (2-1, 3.60); Wednesday, RHP Justin Verlander (3-0, 1.10) vs. RHP Nick Tropeano (1-1, 3.75).

Astros update: With a season-best six wins in a row, the Astros open a 10-game homestand, which also includes series with the A’s and Yankees, having matched the best 23-game start in club history (16-7), reached by the 2015 and 1980 teams. … The starting pitchers have a combined 2.10 ERA, which over a full season would rank as the third lowest in the majors since 1913. Only the starters of the 1917 White Sox (2.06) and 1917 Giants (2.07) had lower collective ERAs.

Angels update: Los Angeles is 14-8 after after falling 4-2 to the Giants on Sunday. The Angels’ runs came on Mike Trout’s major league-leading ninth home run. … A perennial MVP candidate, Trout is slashing .306/.413/674 for the season. … Albert Pujols is sitting on 2,992 hits. With eight more, the 38-year-old will join Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez as the only players in major league history to reach both 3,000 hits and 600 home runs. Pujols sat out Sunday after hitting his 618th career homer on Saturday.