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Game No. 8 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics

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The Astros look to rebound after dropping game one to the A's.

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Houston Astros (3-4) vs. Oakland Athletics (4-4), 7:10 p.m. (CST)

TV: Roots Sports SW, MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
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Pitching matchup

RHP Brad Peacock (4-9, 4.72 ERA, 1.56 WHIP in 2014) vs.  RHP Kendall Graveman (0-1, 18.90 ERA, 2.40 WHIP)

Preview

New players, same result. The A's jumped all over the Astros last night. Newest member of the boys in green, Mark CanhaBen ZobristIke Davis, Brett Lawrie, Billy Butler, and Marcus Semien all contributed to Oakland's 8-1 stomping of Scott Feldman and the Astros. Lawrie and Butler each belted a home run on Monday.

The Athletics pushed Tuesday's starter Asher Wojciechowski to relief outing yesterday. As result he was sent down and  Brad Peacock was called up to make the start in his place. Peacock had hip surgery this offseason and missed a portion of Spring Training. He made one rehab start with Triple A Fresno. Triple A Las Vegas wasn't able to get a hit off Peacock in 4.2 innings, he walked five and struck out two in the outing.

Peacock has a record of 1-3 with 5.19 ERA against the A's in his career. Now the A's batters' history against Peacock:

BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
14 6 1 2 0 0 1 1 0.429
16 5 2 1 1 2 5 1 0.313
10 2 0 1 0 1 3 3 0.200
Billy Butler 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.333
2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.500
Brett Lawrie 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.333
8 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.125
Ben Zobrist 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.500
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000

Kendall Graveman, one of the pieces Josh Donaldson trade returned to Oakland, makes his second start of the season. Graveman allowed seven earned runs through 3.1 against the Rangers on April 9. This is the first time any current Astro will have faced Graveman in the majors.

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