(Sports Network) - Having plated 14 runs over their past two days, the Oakland
Athletics hope to stay hot when they visit Minute Maid Park on Friday to open
a three-game series against new American League West foe Houston.
Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick each hit two-run homers to help lift Oakland
to an 8-2 win over Seattle on Thursday. Right-hander A.J. Griffin picked up
right where he left off from last year's rookie campaign, in which he went 7-1
with a 3.06 ERA in 15 starts. Griffin allowed two runs in six innings as the
reigning division champion A's earned a split of the four-game series.
Meanwhile, after notching an 8-2 win over Texas in their inaugural game as an
American League member, the Astros failed to score in each of the next two
games to close out the series. In fact, the Rangers pitching staff set a major
league record by racking up 43 strikeouts in the first three games of the
"I think (Tuesday) was more about (the Rangers') guy and (Wednesday) was more
about our guys," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "Our guys expanded the zone
way too often today, and it's something we need to make an adjustment and do a
better job of. Even the fastballs we had an opportunity to hit in the count,
we either fouled them off or didn't put them in play hard."
On Friday, Oakland will turn to right-hander Dan Straily, who went 2-1 with a
3.89 ERA in seven starts after being called up last season, although he also
served up 11 home runs. Straily's 190 strikeouts led the minors last season.
For Houston, righty Brad Peacock is making just his fourth career big league
start, and it comes against his former organization. Peacock was rated as
Oakland's top pitching prospect in 2012 before a February trade sent the 25-
year-old back to his hometown of Houston. He'll try to keep it going for an
Astros rotation that has posted a 2.08 ERA through the first three games.
"I've been waiting for this day for a long time, and I'm ready to get going,"
Peacock said. "It's felt like forever since I've been out there. Just getting
back on the mound, I want to have a good game and I get to see all my buddies
from Oakland. It should be fun."
Oakland's only previous trip to Houston came in an Interleague series in 2007,
and the A's took two of three.
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