HOUSTON ASTROS

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The Athletics on Friday kick off a road series against the AL West rival Astros.

Manager Bob Melvin has issued his lineup card for the game. 

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They’ve rattled off five victories in a row, in a season where they’ve also posted a separate six-game winning streak along with four streaks of four-plus losses in a row.

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Programming note: Astros-A’s coverage starts today at 12:30 p.m.

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Update: The San Diego Padres officially announced the trade at 5:20 p.m.

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