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Gamethread: Astros at White Sox

MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers
Fun Bunch: These guys have a pretty bright future ahead of them.
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Brett Ballantini started at South Side Sox in 2018 after 20 years of writing on basketball, baseball and hockey, including time on the Blackhawks and White Sox beats. Follow him on Twitter @BrettBallantini and email your site feedback to brettballantini@yahoo.com

Here we go, quick and dirty 4/20 gamethread, on the road.

James Shields attempts to avoid a “reverse Buehrle” (?!?) by not picking up two losses in the space of three days.

Is Adam Engel’s back against the wall? If so, at least he has a say about getting backed up, batting ninth tonight for the South Siders:

The Astros are 13-7 and in second place in the AL West, probably wondering why the first-place Los Angeles Angels of Southern California are killing their cakewalk-to-a-second-World-Series buzz.