Houston Chronicle

On deck: Astros at Oakland Athletics


When/where: Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:05 p.m., Thursday at 2:35 p.m.; Oakland Coliseum. TV/radio: ATTSW; 790 AM and 850 AM/101.7 FM (Spanish). Pitchers: Tuesday, RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (7-3, 3.94) vs. RHP Daniel Mengden (6-5, 3.45); Wednesday, RHP Gerrit Cole (7-1, 2.16) vs. RHP Paul Blackburn (1-0, 1.50); Thursday, RHP Justin Verlander (8-2, 1.45) vs. RHP Frankie Montas (3-0, 1.25).

Astros (42-25) update: Jose Altuve heads to Oakland with an MLB-best .410 batting average in road games this season. He also led the majors in that category last year (.381) and has posted a .390 average (254-for-652) in his last 162 games away from Minute Maid Park. … Yuli Gurriel leads the AL with a .444 batting average with runners in scoring position (20-for-45). … Alex Bregman has reached base in 23 consecutiv­e games. Only the Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo (26 games) has a longer active streak.

Athletics (34-32) update: Oakland is 1-5 against the Astros this year and has lost the last five meetings. …Matt Olson has nine home runs and 18 RBIs in his last 26 games after totaling four homers and 14 RBIs in his first 40 games of the season. … Closer Blake Treinen has converted his last 11 save opportunit­ies and has a 0.50 ERA in 16 games total over that span. … Opening-day starter Kendall Graveman continues to rehab in Arizona, but manager Bob Melvin doesn’t expect the righthande­r back any time soon.

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