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American League Preview from The Sports Network



Monday, April 15th (All times eastern)

Houston Astros (4-8) at Oakland Athletics (9-4), 10:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Erik Bedard (0-0, 0.00) Oakland - Tommy Milone (2-0, 4.50)

(Sports Network) - The Oakland Athletics attempt to pad their lead in the American League West on Monday when they open a three-game set with the Houston Astros at O.co Coliseum.

The A's have a one-game lead over Texas in the division, although they are coming off two straight losses against Detroit over the weekend. The back-to- back losses came on the heels of a nine-game winning streak.

Brett Anderson gave up seven runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's 7-3 loss, and Jarrod Parker was tagged for eight runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings during Sunday's 10-1 setback.

Houston has also lost two straight. The Astros fell to the Angels on Sunday, 4-1, despite seven strong innings from starter Philip Humber, who allowed just one earned run. Humber is winless through three starts but boasts a 2.89 ERA, as the offense has scored only one run while he's pitched.

"As a pitcher, you can't control wins and losses," Humber said. "Our job is to go out there and give our team a chance to win when it's our turn. There's going to be times when they pick me up and I don't deserve to win and I do. That's happened a lot in the past. You just keep doing your job. Everyone's doing their best and we're going to put some wins together before too long."

The Astros will be making their first West Coast road trip as an AL West member. In fact, this marks their first trip to Oakland since 2002.

Left-hander Erik Bedard is next up for a Houston pitching rotation that has posted a solid 3.26 ERA through its first 12 games. Through one start and one relief appearance this season, Bedard has not allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings. He has yielded only two hits in that span. In his last five starts against the A's, Bedard has gone 4-0 with a 0.55 ERA.

"It all starts with the starting pitcher," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "We've had good starts throughout the season. If we continue that, there's going to be waves where our offense picks it up and there's going to be waves we fall a little short. But if the pitching can keep us in games, which is what's happened so far, we have a chance to surprise people."

Meanwhile, Oakland will turn to Tommy Milone, who has won each of his first two starts. After yielding only two runs on four hits in his first outing of the season, Milone was charged with four runs on seven hits against the Angels on Wednesday. He'll look to go deeper than the five innings he lasted in that game.

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.

All players on both teams will take part in the league-wide Jackie Robinson tribute by wearing No. 42.

04/15 10:22:52 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 4
DUR 3
 
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 5
KAN 1
Final
PIT 1
CIN 2
Final
DET 7
CWS 4
Final
TAM 7
MIN 9
Final
NYM 4
STL 1
Final
CHC 2
ARI 5
Final
WAS 3
SDP 4
Final
TOR 4
BAL 11
Final
BOS 5
NYY 14
Final
HOU 1
OAK 10
Final
LOS 3
PHI 7
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
ANA
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
SDP
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BOS
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
MIA
 
7:35pm Tonight
ATL
CIN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
CHC
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
DET
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
OAK
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
TAM
 
8:15pm Tonight
STL
PIT
 
9:40pm Tonight
ARI
PHI
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
COL
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
TEX
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
CLE
 
Final
ATL 98
IND 85
Final
MEM 98
OKC 95
Final
GSW 96
LAC 98
7:00pm Tonight
BRK
TOR
8:00pm Tonight
WAS
CHI
10:30pm Tonight
POR
HOU
Final
DET 2
BOS 3
Final
MIN 2
COL 1
Final
LOS 6
SJS 3
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PHI
NYR
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
10:30pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 4
DUR 3
 
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
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