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On deck: Oakland Athletics at Astros

April 5, 2019

On deck: Oakland Athletics at Astros When/where: Friday at 7:10 p.m., Saturday at 6:10 p.m., Sunday at 1:10 p.m.; Minute Maid Park.TV/radio: ATTSW; 790 AM and 740 AM and in Spanish on 850 AM (except Friday) and 101.7 FM.Pitchers: Friday, RHP Collin McHugh (0-1, 3.60) vs. RHP Frankie Montas (1-0, 1.50); Saturday, LHP Wade Miley (0-1, 4.50) vs. RHP Aaron Brooks (1-0, 0.00); Sunday, RHP Brad Peacock (1-0, 1.35) vs. RHP Mike Fiers (2-1, 3.00).Astros (2-5) update: Houston is last in the majors (.095, 4-for-42) in hitting with runners in scoring position. … Despite striking out in more than a third of his at-bats (nine of 27), George Springer is slashing .308/.387/.538 with a team-best two homers and five RBIs. … The Astros rank eighth in the majors with a 2.95 team ERA.A’s (6-4) update: Oakland is 6-2 since opening with two losses to the Mariners in Tokyo and comes in having taken three of four games from the defending champion Red Sox, including a pair of shutout wins. … Khris Davis, who led the majors with 48 homers a year ago (when for the fourth consecutive year he batted .247), has five in the early going, tying him with the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger for the MLB lead. … Former Astros farmhand Ramon Laureano is hitting just .176 but might have the best outfield arm in the majors. He had thee assists in the four games against Boston. … Closer Blake Treinen, whose 2018 ERA was a miscroscopic 0.78 in 801/3 innings, has yet to allow a run in five 2019 appearances and has converted all three of his save opportunities.… Pitching to contact has worked well for Oakland starters so far. Despite only 34 strikeouts in 542/3 innings, they’re 6-1 with a 2.30 ERA.