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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

Astros add to bullpen depth with Blackley

Left-handed pitcher Travis Blackley was sent to the Astros from the Oakland A’s on Thursday in exchange for Triple-A outfielder Jake Goebbert. Blackley, who was designated for assignment six days ago, will be in uniform for the Astros when they open a three-game series against the A’s on Friday at Minute Maid Park.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Blackley will be used in long relief.

“He’s a left-handed long man, which is something we’ve been trying to figure out how to work into our roster,” Luhnow said. “He had a lot of success as a starter and we believe that will translate well into our bullpen. We did have our scouts see him this spring and there was a long list of players that became available as the season started when everybody cut down to 25 [players]. He was at the top of our list, and we made a few phone calls and got it done.”

Blackley played a key role in the A’s run to the AL West title in 2012, going 6-4 with a 3.86 ERA. He struck out 69 batters and walked 30 in 102 2/3 innings. The southpaw has pitched over 1,100 innings in the Minors.

The Astros will have to clear a spot on the 40-man roster on Friday, but Luhnow said adding Blackley gives them more flexibility.

“There’s some good lineups we’re going to be facing with left-handed hitters, and four of our five rotation guys are right-handed, so if you follow them up with a left-handed long man, it gives you a platoon advantage that’s nice to have,” he said. “He’s been effective against lefties and righties.”

Blackley has held right-handers to a .269 batting average and left-handers to a .243 batting average in his career, which has included stops in Seattle and San Francisco. He’s one of three Astros players who played for the A’s organization last year, joining starting pitcher Brad Peacock and outfielder Chris Carter.

Peacock and Carter came to Houston two months ago in the trade that sent Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez to Oakland. <p>

Goebbert, a 13th-round Draft pick from Northwestern in 2009, spent the majority of the 2012 season in Double-A Corpus Christi, where he hit .304 with a .399 on-base percentage. The 25-year-old has 176 walks to 262 strikeouts in more than 1,500 Minor League at-bats.