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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

  • ACC: Clemson at NC State

    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State vs. Notre Dame

    Tonight at 6:30 on WRAL-FM

  • NFL: Pro Bowl

    Tonight at 8:00 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
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NCSU
ND
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CHI 84
MIA 96
4th
CLE 103
OKC 94
 
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NOP
DAL
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ORL
IND
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PHO
LAC
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ATL
MIN
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TOR
DET
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SAN
MIL
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GSW
BOS
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DEN
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LAL
HOU
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UCONN 66
SFLA 53
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GT 62
BC 64
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VT 47
UVA 50
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OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
Final
WICHS 74
DRAK 40
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
Final
PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
Final
BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
 
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
2nd
PITT 56
LOU 66
 
2nd
ILLST 51
NIOWA 51
 
2nd
GTDNS 37
UMBC 28
 
Half
IONA 45
NIAG 30
 
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TENST
BEL
 
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NCSU
ND
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VILL
CREI
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MD
NW
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UTAH
WASH
1st
TEAMFOLI 3
TEAMTOEWS 3
 
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