Astros-A’s set to battle at Minute Maid

The Astros play host to the Oakland A’s this weekend at Minute Maid Park for only the second time in history. The team are now in the same division, but both sides have a handful of players who are very familiar with the opposition. Brad Peacock is on the mound for the Astros, facing his former team in his first action since 2011. Astros starting pitchers have a 2.08 ERA in the team’s first three games.

The Astros made some news today:

  • The team designated right-handed pitcher Edgar Gonzalez for assignment to clear a roster spot for newly-acquired left-handed pitcher Travis Blackley, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced today. Blackley, whom was acquired from the Oakland Athletics yesterday, will be with the Astros for tonight’s game and will wear No. 54. He was 6-4 with a 4.10 ERA in 28 games, including 15 starts, with San Francisco (4 games) and Oakland (24 games) last season. Gonzalez, who has been with the Astros since last season, did not appear in the first three games of the 2013 season. The Astros 40-man roster is now at 40.
  • Luhnow also announced today that right-handed pitcher Alex White will undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery (Tommy John) on his right elbow next week. White left his last start on Friday (March 29) vs. the Cubs after experiencing discomfort in his right elbow.

Here are the lineups:


2B Jose Altuve

1B Brett Wallace

LF Chris Carter

DH Carlos Pena

CF Justin Maxwell

RF Rick Ankiel

C Jason Castro

3B Matt Dominguez

SS Marwin Gonzalez

RHP Brad Peacock


CF Coco Crisp

SS Jed Lowrie

RF Josh Reddick

LF Yoenis Cespedes

DH Seth Smith

C John Jason

3B Josh Donaldson

2B Eric Sogard

1B Nate Freiman

RHP Dan Straily


I feel so bad for Alex White. You finally get a break, you make the Major League roster, and then bam….you’re injured and out for a LONG time. Wishing him a good surgery and speedy recovery!


Brian, looks like a winning lineup to me, lest see what Brad has !!!                   Ralph



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