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Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California Attendance: 20,425
A's slugger Davis might return to face Astros
Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics
- The Astros are tied for the AL lead in wins with 37 with one game to play this month. Of the previous nine teams to have 37 or more wins before June 1, all nine made the playoffs and five won the World Series (2018 Red Sox, 2017 Astros, 2014 Giants, 1998 Yankees and 1984 Tigers).
- The Athletics lost their last two games to the Angels, snapping a span of 10 straight wins (not including a suspended game on May 19). They allowed six and 12 runs in the two losses after never allowing more than five runs during the winning streak.
- Houston has won four of the first five games against Oakland this season, scoring 5.60 runs per game. The Astros are 32-9 against the A's in games from March through June since 2015 compared to 19-21 in games from July through September.
- Alex Bregman hit two home runs in the Astros' last series against the Cubs, and is now tied with teammate George Springer and two others for the MLB-lead in home runs at 17. An Astros player has never led MLB in home runs in a season.
- Mike Fiers has a 2.84 ERA with a 0.82 WHIP in his last six starts dating back to April 26. The only qualifying AL pitchers with a lower WHIP in that span are Justin Verlander (0.60) and Chris Sale (0.79).
- Brad Peacock has allowed just one run in his last four starts while racking up 32 strikeouts. The last Astros pitcher to allow one run or fewer with 30+ strikeouts in a four-game span was Roger Clemens in April 2005 (also 32 strikeouts and one run allowed).
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The host Oakland Athletics hope to get slugger Khris Davis back in the lineup Saturday night when they face one of their nemeses, Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander, on the middle day of a three-game series.
The Astros got the upper hand in the series, and continued a season-long dominance of the A's, with a come-from-behind, 3-2 win on Friday night.
Verlander (8-2, 2.38 ERA) has a 12-6 record and 2.73 ERA in 20 regular-season starts against Oakland, but A's fans remember him as the guy who ended their team's season with shutout efforts in both the 2012 and 2013 playoffs.
The veteran has faced Oakland five times in the postseason, going 4-0 while allowing just four runs in 36 1/3 innings, a 1.24 ERA.
The A's didn't have Davis for any of those postseason head-to-heads with Verlander, and they probably wish they had. After all, he's gone 6-for-11 (.545) in his career against the Houston ace, with a double and four home runs among the six hits.
Davis has been out of action since sustaining a left hip contusion against the Cleveland Indians on May 21. He is eligible to come off the injured list on Saturday, and he attempted to demonstrate his readiness with a powerful batting practice session Friday.
After watching the display, A's manager Bob Melvin cautiously labeled Davis a game-time decision for Saturday.
"(Davis) will have a lot of say in that decision on how he feels," Melvin told reporters, "but the training staff has to be on board as well."
The A's haven't missed Davis' power during his absence. They got a 10th homer in the past four games Friday when Matt Chapman connected against Astros starter Brad Peacock.
Chapman, Marcus Semien and Matt Olson all have two homers in the fourth-game power surge.
The Astros overcame the A's in the series opener by clubbing two homers of their own in the seventh and eighth innings. Josh Reddick got the team on the board with a solo shot to trigger a two-run, game-tying seventh before Derek Fisher bashed a leadoff homer in the eighth to provide the difference-maker.
The homer for Reddick was his first since May 18, but no doubt he's looking to pad his stats Saturday against Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson (6-3, 3.86 ERA).
Reddick has gone 4-for-5 with a double and a home run in his career against Anderson, who has struggled against the Astros. The veteran is just 1-3 with a 6.97 ERA in five games, including four starts, against Houston.
Anderson won't have to deal with another Astros slugger who has owned him, with George Springer out of action with a strained hamstring. Springer had two doubles and a home run among four hits in five career at-bats against Anderson.
Houston's win Friday also came without standout shortstop Carlos Correa, who felt compelled earlier in the day to distribute a video explaining the odd circumstances that led to his cracked rib. He again reiterated that the injury occurred while he received a massage.
Correa, shown on the video with his fiancee, Daniella Rodriguez, at one point lifted up his shirt in an attempt to show that the injury had not been the result of a fall or perhaps even a punch.
"We're here to tell you the story because a lot of you guys have been concerned," Correa said on the video. "There's no bruises like I fell on something or I got hit."
The Astros placed Correa on the 10-day injured list Thursday.
--Field Level Media
Updated June 1, 2019