The homer was Alonso's first as an Athletic and the three RBI doubled his total for the season. Alsono has had a very rough start to the season, hitting .174 with a .466 OPS through his first 69 at-bats. His defense, and past history of decent offense (career .719 OPS), will keep him in the lineup whenever the A's face a right-handed pitcher.
Madson has allowed only two earned runs over his first 11.2 innings and now has a win to go along with his seven saves. Madson appears to have grabbed a lion's share of the closer's role, even more cemented by the fact that Sean Doolittle entered Friday's game in the sixth inning.
Sean Manaea allowed four runs in five innings while striking out three in hie Major League debut on Friday night against the Astros.
Manaea allowed one run through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth inning allowing three straight batters to reach base without getting an out. His line got uglier after Sean Doolittle entered the game and allowed two inherited runners to score. Manaea looked good in the first five innings, but the four walks allowed are a concern. He is expected to stick in the A's rotation and will next take the mound on Wednesday against Seattle.
Miller will play "in a few different places," according to Houston head coach Bill O'Brien, who added "the slot is one of them."
O'Brien also mentioned Miller lining up on the outside in addition to time spent on special teams. The Houston Texans have loaded up at wide receiver, picking two in the first three picks of the 2016 draft after selecting two wideouts in 2015. There are a lot of bodies ahead of Miller, who doesn't have many reps as wideout after converting from the quarterback position in 2015, so expect more special teams than offense in his rookie year.
Martin, selected by Houston in the second round (50th overall) of the 2016 draft, is expected to start at center.
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