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For starters: Chris Archer faces Astros on Star Wars Night



Chris Archer faces the Astros this afternoon on Star Wars Night (night?) at the Trop.

Chewbacca Mom will throw out the first pitch.

In keeping with theme, will the force be with Archer?

He does own the Astros – two of his three complete-game shutouts have come against Houston. Also, he has not allowed a run to the Astros in his last 15 2/3 innings against them.

Archer snapped a three-game losing streak with a win in his last start against the Diamondbacks in Arizona. He struck out 12, reaching double digits in Ks for the third time this season.

He will be backed by the same lineup that produced a 4-3 victory Friday during the opener of this three-game series. The only difference is Curt Casali will be behind the plate.

Here are the lineups:


Springer CF

Gonzalez SS

Altuve 2B

Rasmus 2B

Gattis DH

Valbuena 3B

Gomez CF

White 1B

Castro C

Fiers RHP (3-3, 5.00)



Forsythe 2B

Miller SS

Longoria 3B

Morrison 1B

Pearce DH

Dickerson LF

Souza RF

Jennings CF

Casali C


Archer RHP (4-7, 4.73)

[Last modified: Saturday, June 11, 2016 2:52pm]


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