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On deck: Astros at Oakland A’s

April 16, 2019

When/where: Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:07 p.m.; Oakland Coliseum.

TV/radio: ATTSW on Tuesday, ATTSW+ on Wednesday; 790 AM, 740 AM (Tuesday only), 101.7 FM (Spanish), 850 AM (Spanish, Tuesday only).

Pitchers: Tuesday, RHP Collin McHugh (2-1, 2.65) vs. RHP Marco Estrada (0-1, 4.87); Wednesday, LHP Wade Miley (1-1, 3.45) vs. RHP Frankie Montas (2-1, 3.18).

Astros (11-5) update: A nine-game winning streak has pulled the Astros within a game of AL-West leading Seattle. A three-game sweep of the A’s at Minute Maid Park from April 5-7 constitutes the first third of that streak. McHugh and Miley both earned wins in that series. … The Astros are hitting a collective .311 (96-for-309) during the streak. … During manager A.J. Hinch’s tenure, dating to the start of the 2015 season, the Astros are an MLB-best 188-145 (.565) on the road, directly ahead of the Cubs (184-148, .554). Since the start of 2017, the Astros are 114-57 (.667) on the road. No other team has 100 road wins in that span. … Leadoff man George Springer has reached base safely in all 16 games this season. … Roberto Osuna is 7-for-7 in save chances this year and has converted all 19 of his opportunites since being dealt to Houston last July.

Athletics (10-9) update: Oakland ranks second in the majors with 36 home runs (to Seattle’s 39) and has hit multiple homers in a club-record seven consecutive games. … Defending MLB home run champion Khris Davis is again atop the leader board with 10. … Josh Phegley has been among the majors’ most productive catchers in the early going, slashing .325/.341/.600 with three homers and nine RBIs in 13 games. … The only run closer Blake Treinen (0.87 ERA) has allowed since last Aug. 25 was the game-winner he forced in with a bases-loaded walk to Jose Altuve in the Astros’ 9-8 comeback victory on April 7.