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Giants Vs. Astros, Series Preview: G-Men Continue Homestand Against Visting Houston

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Even though their series loss to the Texas Rangers was their first one in seemingly forever, there are some lingering questions for the San Francisco Giants right now, namely Tim Lincecum and Pablo Sandoval. Still, a visit from the struggling Houston Astros could fix a few things at AT&T Park this week.

The Black and Orange sandwiched a a terrific 5-2 victory on Saturday with a pair of shutouts at the hands of the Rangers in their last series, with Pablo Sandoval making a number of mistakes and Tim Lincecum continuing his season from hell, well Ryan Theriot continued his impressive showing and Ryan Vogelsong proving why he was an All-Star last year. They're winners of 10 of their last 14, while Houston has won just four of their past 14 as they continue a nine game road trip.

Bud Norris (5-3 4.65) takes on Madison Bumgarner (7-4, 3.26 ERA) in game one of the series on Tuesday. Bummy is fresh off of back-to-back victories while Norris has a pair of L's in his last two outings for the Astros. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

J.A. Happ (4-6 4.54) faces off against Matt Cain (7-2 2.41) in game two on Wednesday. Cain goes for his seventh straight win as he continues his tear through his season, while Happ looks to stop his three game losing streak. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

Wandy Rodriguez (5-4 3.27) battles with Barry Zito (5-3 3.24) in Thursday's afternoon finale. Zito looks to get back into the win column after taking the loss in his last start, while Wandy wants to keep his confidence going after his strong outing for his fifth victory in his last time out. First pitch is set for 12:45 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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