Urquidy scheduled to start for Houston against Chicago

Chicago White Sox (43-25, first in the AL Central) vs. Houston Astros (39-28, second in the AL West)

Houston; Thursday, 8:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: White Sox: Dylan Cease (5-2, 3.38 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 85 strikeouts) Astros: Jose Urquidy (4-3, 3.77 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 55 strikeouts)

LINE: Astros -134, White Sox +116; over/under is 9 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Houston and Chicago will meet on Thursday.

The Astros are 22-13 on their home turf. Houston has slugged .452, good for first in the MLB. Yuli Gurriel leads the team with a .524 slugging percentage, including 27 extra-base hits and 10 home runs.

The White Sox are 16-13 on the road. The Chicago offense has compiled a .254 batting average as a team this season, good for fourth in the American League. Tim Anderson leads the team with an average of .312.

TOP PERFORMERS: Carlos Correa ranks second on the Astros with 28 extra base hits and is batting .293.

Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with 12 home runs and has 51 RBI.

LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 7-3, .320 batting average, 3.68 ERA, outscored opponents by 23 runs

White Sox: 8-2, .254 batting average, 2.45 ERA, outscored opponents by 25 runs

INJURIES: Astros: Justin Verlander: (elbow), Joe Smith: (undisclosed), Austin Pruitt: (elbow), Enoli Paredes: (shoulder), Josh James: (hip), Kent Emanuel: (elbow), Pedro Baez: (right shoulder), Bryan Abreu: (calf), Kyle Tucker: (health protocols), Aledmys Diaz: (hand), Alex Bregman: (hamstring).

White Sox: Michael Kopech: (hamstring), Jace Fry: (microdiscectomy), Jimmy Cordero: (tommy john surgery), Luis Robert: (hip), Eloy Jimenez: (left pectoral), Billy Hamilton: (oblique), Yoan Moncada: (illness), Nick Madrigal: (hamstring).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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