The matchup that matters most: Porcello versus the top of the Houston lineup. In Game 1, Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve homered off Sale in the first. In Game 2, Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer in the first. In Game 3, the Astros scored three runs in the first, including Correa’s two-run homer. Is this a bad time to mention Porcello led the majors in home runs allowed?
The prediction: We should get the first close game of the series, with Houston’s ability to hit the long ball off Porcello an obvious advantage. Astros win 6-4.
Campbell got the 2011 Oakland Raiders off to a 4-2 start before suffering a season-ending collarbone injury. Oakland head coach Hue Jackson, who now holds that same position in Cleveland, promptly traded with Cincinnati for Carson Palmer, effectively ending Campbell’s days in the Bay Area.
The Lakers’ Australian recruit Andrew Bogut also sat out the pre-season game with a groin injury, but he says he will be ready for next week’s regular season opener.
“It’s just a little tweak,” Bogut told AAP.
“We’re just being cautious more than anything.
“If it was a playoff game I’d be right to go but it’s just one of those things that I have to be more careful right now because of the pre-season.”
Lakers’ rookie star Lonzo Ball also missed the game to rest an ankle injury.
In other pre-season games Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 96-86, the Orlando Magic outlasted Patty Mills’ San Antonio Spurs 103-98, the Chicago Bulls trumped the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-94, the Toronto Raptors were too good for the Detroit Pistons 116-94 and in the latest international exhibition the Indiana Pacers beat Haifa Maccabi Haifa 108-89.