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Friday, July 18 (All times Eastern)

Houston Astros (40-56) at Chicago White Sox (45-51), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Scott Feldman (4-6, 4.33) Chicago - Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.24)

(SportsNetwork.com) - It's a long second half for team on the outside looking in.

But it's not as if the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox are without high- end players as they get their post All-Star break schedules started on Friday night with game one of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.

Both teams enter the series in fourth place in their respective divisions and far out of contention for American League playoff positions, but the Astros have the league's hit leader in infielder Jose Altuve and the White Sox boast a premier slugger in home run hitter Jose Abreu.

Both took part in Tuesday's All-Star Game in Minnesota.

Abreu has 29 home runs and was red-hot heading into the break while hitting in 26 of 27 games overall and his last eight in a row. Meanwhile, Altuve leads the AL with 130 hits, is third in the majors with a .335 batting average and leads the AL with 41 steals.

He is the first player in big league history to reach 130 and 40 before the All-Star Game, and he's hitting .381 in his last 25 games.

Altuve was 5-for-15 while the Astros took two of three games from Chicago in May.

"We've had spurts where we play well, we've had spurts where we didn't," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You wish you were in a better spot but you come back and try to clean that stuff up."

Chicago starts lefty Jose Quintana, who's 2-0 with a 1.51 earned run average in his last five starts, but has won just once in seven starts this season on home turf.

Quintana is 1-0 with a 3.63 ERA in three starts against Houston, all of which Chicago won.

Astros starter Scott Feldman is 5-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 10 career meetings with the White Sox and defeated them twice in three starts in 2013 while pitching for two teams.

Additionally, Chicago has won just six of 18 games against teams from the AL West.

07/18 10:41:06 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
1st OT
WAS 101
CHA 101
 
Final
LOU 75
NCSU 65
 
9:53pm Tonight
DUKE
UTAH
Final
ATL 4
BOS 2
Final
STL 5
NYM 4
Final
PHI 0
NYY 10
Final
MIN 2
PIT 4
Final
WAS 1
STL 1
4th
BAL 0
TAM 0
 
Final
TOR 4
DET 1
Final
CHC 6
CWS 3
Final
OAK 7
TEX 6
Final
ANA 2
ARI 7
Final
ARI 3
CLE 2
6:05pm Tonight
HOU 0
MIA 0
 
4th
KAN 2
SEA 0
 
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:05pm Tonight
CIN
MIL
 
10:05pm Tonight
LOS
SFG
 
1st OT
WAS 101
CHA 101
 
Final
ORL 97
DET 111
 
Final
PHI 98
LAC 119
 
4th
NYK 77
BOS 86
 
4th
BRK 103
CLE 96
 
4th
TOR 94
LAL 80
 
4th
ATL 99
MIA 86
 
3rd
MEM 65
GSW 85
 
3rd
HOU 83
MIN 76
 
4th
NOP 82
SAC 70
 
Half
SAN 54
DAL 41
 
2nd
DEN 35
UTA 22
 
10:00pm Tonight
PHO
POR
Final
GONZ 74
UCLA 62
Final
LOU 75
NCSU 65
 
9:53pm Tonight
DUKE
UTAH
10:00pm Tonight
NARZ
KSU
10:15pm Tonight
OKLA
MSU
2nd Intermission
MIN 1
CAL 1
 
2nd
CHI 2
CLB 4
 
1st
EDM 1
DAL 0