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RHP Brad Peacock will start against the Angels for the first time Friday night when the Astros open a three-game series at Anaheim. This will be Peacock's third start since being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City. In his first game back, Peacock allowed three earned runs on four hits over seven innings against Minnesota. He struck out 10 and walked only two but took the loss. Peacock is coming off a no-decision against Texas. He gave up just one run on three hits over six innings in a 5-4 Astros loss. Peacock is 1-4 with a 6.58 ERA overall, but he has a 2.77 ERA in his past two starts.

LF Robbie Grossman went 2-for-4 and scored a run Thursday during a 5-0 loss to the Oakland A's. He has hit in 14 of his past 17 games since his recall from Triple-A Oklahoma City on July 27. During that span, Grossman has gone 22-for-66 (.333) with three home runs, six walks, four stolen bases and a .389 on-base percentage. Grossman had two of the Astros' four hits against A's rookie RHP Sonny Gray on Thursday.

LHP Erik Bedard (3-9) suffered his career-high sixth straight defeat Thursday, allowing five runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in a 5-0 loss to the A's. He struck out four, walked four and allowed a two-run homer to 1B Nate Freiman during a three-run first inning for the A's. Bedard has not won a game since June 26 against St. Louis. He's 0-2 in three starts against the A's this season and has allowed a combined 11 runs in the first inning.

RHP Lucas Harrell threw 3 1/3 innings of relief in a 5-0 loss to Oakland despite a stomach ailment. Harrell allowed two hits and no runs. Harrell pitched a scoreless 10th inning Wednesday night in the Astros' 2-1, 11-inning victory. He notched the win, improving to 6-13 for the season. Harrell was moved out of the rotation to the bullpen after his July 5 start at Texas. "I think it's huge to build up some confidence," Porter said of Harrell's solid relief outing Wednesday. "Yesterday was good to have him get the win. You look at the fact he was one of our better pitchers the entire season last year. He's had his ups and downs this year. One of the goals for the remainder of the season is to try to get him back to the caliber of pitcher that we all believe he can be and that he was last year."

C Carlos Corporan made his 37th start behind the plate Thursday against Oakland as regular starter Jason Castro got the day off. Corporan, who drove in the go-ahead run Wednesday night with an 11th-inning double in a 2-1 win over the A's, went 1-for-3 in Thursday's 5-0 loss. He's batting .253 with seven homers and 17 RBIs. Manager Bo Porter praised Corporan for his ability to deliver key hits. "I think the huge thing about it is he pays attention to everything that's going on," Porter said. "He has aspirations to manage, so he looks at the game in its entirety. ... He's into the game the entire time, even the days he's not playing, which I think helps him on the days that he plays or when he gets inserted into the game."

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