Cole Irvine starting for Oakland - Irvin faced the Astros his last time out and pitched with heavy traffic throughout his 4 1/3 innings. The left-hander got roughed up and allowed four runs on seven hits in a loss.
Christian Javier on the hill for Houston - Javier allowed two runs on three hits while striking out four batters in his first start of the season Friday against Oakland. He was unbeaten at Minute Maid Park last year, going 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA in six games (five starts).
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The Minute Maid Park has an retractable roof so weather should not be a major factor for today's game. It will be Sunny with 7% cloud cover and a 1% chance for rain. The temperature is 83 with 50% humidity and winds at 14 mph SE.