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 Campbellā€™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.ravens_009