Oakland, California; Saturday, 4:07 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Framber Valdez (0-0); Athletics: TBD
: Astros -274, Athletics +225; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Oakland Athletics look to end a nine-game slide when they take on the Houston Astros.
Oakland has a 5-21 record at home and a 10-43 record overall. The Athletics have gone 7-14 in games when they record eight or more hits.
Houston has gone 15-10 in road games and 29-21 overall. The Astros have the seventh-ranked team batting average in the AL at .244.
Saturday's game is the fifth meeting between these teams this season. The Astros hold a 4-0 advantage in the season series.
LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 1-9, .187 batting average, 5.13 ERA, outscored by 27 runs
Astros: 8-2, .268 batting average, 2.97 ERA, outscored opponents by 17 runs
INJURIES: Athletics: Drew Rucinski: 15-Day IL (illness), Zach Jackson: 15-Day IL (undisclosed), Manny Pina: 60-Day IL (wrist), Mason Miller: 15-Day IL (elbow), Dany Jimenez: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Freddy Tarnok: 60-Day IL (undisclosed), Paul Blackburn: 15-Day IL (finger), Kirby Snead: 60-Day IL (shoulder)