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American League Preview from The Sports Network



Wednesday, April 17th (All times eastern)

Houston Astros (4-10) at Oakland Athletics (11-4), 3:35 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Bud Norris (2-1, 1.96) Oakland - Bartolo Colon (1-0, 4.15)

(Sports Network) - Bud Norris tries to continue his strong start to the season on Wednesday, as the Houston Astros attempt to salvage the finale of their three-game series with the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum.

Norris bounced back from a loss to Oakland in Anaheim on Friday, as he held the Angels to three hits over seven scoreless innings to run his record to 2-1, while lowering his ERA to 1.96.

Dating back to last season Norris is 4-1 with a 1.14 ERA over his last five starts. Of course, that one loss was against the A's two starts ago when he surrendered five runs (2 earned) in 5 2/3 innings.

Last year, Norris was 3-12 with a 6.94 ERA in 18 starts away from home.

Oakland, meanwhile, will pin its hopes on veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon, who is 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA. Colon did not get a decision against the Detroit Tigers on Friday, as he allowed three runs - all on a Prince Fielder home run - and eight hits in seven innings. He also struck out five without walking a batter.

"The whole game I felt good except for that one inning," Colon said. "I was supposed to throw it to a different spot and I didn't get it there."

Colon beat the Astros in his first start of the year and is 4-2 lifetime against them with a 3.66 ERA in seven starts.

Oakland moved to the brink of sweeping the Astros on Tuesday, as Josh Donaldson's two-out triple in the eighth inning plated Josh Reddick to give the Athletics a 4-3 win.

After Reddick drew a two-out walk, Donaldson lifted a 3-2 offering high down the right field line. Astros right fielder Rick Ankiel made a play on the ball but it landed inches from foul territory.

"Can't defend a ball that lands in fair territory by two or three inches," said Astros manager Bo Porter. "Fortunate for them, the ball landed in fair territory and its a triple and an RBI."

Grant Balfour shut the door in the ninth for his second save of the season.

Eric Sogard went 3-for-3 and finished a home run shy of the cycle for Oakland, which has won 11 of 13 after dropping its first two games of the season.

"The staff and everyone here takes pride in playing good defense," said Donaldson. "We want to be back there for our pitchers."

A.J. Griffin struck out eight and allowed two runs in six innings of work for the Athletics. Sean Doolittle (1-0), who allowed a game-tying home run to Carlos Pena in the top of the eighth inning, picked up the win.

Rhiner Cruz (0-1) was on the hill for Donaldson's game-winner.

These teams met up in Houston from April 5-7, as Oakland earned a three-game sweep after outscoring the Astros, 23-9, behind seven homers.

04/17 10:25:52 ET

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DUKE 47
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3rd
ECU 42
UNC 27
 
1st
TOWSN 7
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1st
NCSU 7
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Final
KAN 2
DET 3
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CHC 8
LOS 7
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OAK 0
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TOR 5
 
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COL 5
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GT 27
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PITT 20
IOWA 24
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RICE 42
ODU 45
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UGA 66
TROY 0
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SYR 20
MD 34
 
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DUKE 47
TULA 13
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COL 21
HAW 12
 
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AKR 17
MARS 48
 
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WAKE 17
ARMY 21
 
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KU 10
CMICH 10
 
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ALA 28
UF 21
 
2nd
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LOU 28
 
3rd
ECU 42
UNC 27
 
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NAVY 17
RUTG 31
 
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SMU 3
TEXAM 51
 
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MICH 10
UTAH 23
 
3rd
BYU 27
UVA 16
 
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WYO 10
FATL 16
 
3rd
MIZZ 17
IND 17
 
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UMASS 0
 
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SJST 7
 
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TOWSN 7
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