The Astros couldn't have asked for a better first month from Dallas Keuchel, who has silenced the doubts stemming from his poor 2016.
After six losses in seven games, the A’s could use a boost, and they’ll get one Tuesday with the return of their most high profile starter, Sonny Gray, and leadoff man Rajai Davis.
The Astros will activate outfielder Jake Marisnick from the seven-day concussion disabled list before Monday night's series opener against the Texas Rangers.
Alex Bregman's first April as a major leaguer ended Sunday with manager A.J. Hinch giving him a day off. The 23-year-old third baseman posted just a .650 OPS in the season's first month and is the only Astros position player still searching for his first home run.
When Dallas Keuchel won the American League's Cy Young Award in 2015 and helped lead the Astros to the postseason, the momentum started with a spectacular April. Back then, Houston's lefty ace went 3-0 in the season's first month with a 0.73 ERA in five starts, and his team paced the AL West at 15-7.
The Rangers and the Astros open play Monday at Minute Maid Park with native Texan Andrew Cashner getting the nod opposite Lance McCullers Jr. in the intrastate rivalry.
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