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HOU@TEX: Peacock fans five, holds Rangers to two runs

In Astros pitcher Brad Peacock's last start, he lasted just 1/3 of an inning and faced five batters. He's had 10 days to brew over that disastrous outing, and on Wednesday will be tasked with bouncing back against the best team in the Majors.

The right-hander says he's ready for the challenge.

"I only went a third of an inning, but I'm feeling good now. I have had plenty of rest," Peacock said. "I've been feeling great in my bullpens and I'm ready to take it out to the game and try to redeem myself from last time."

Against the Red Sox on July 13, Peacock gave up a leadoff homer and then allowed a walk, struck out a batter and hit a batter before getting yanked. He wasn't happy at the time he was taken out of the game so early -- but is now ready to put everything about that start behind him.

"I was getting on top of the ball too much. I was spiking it," Peacock said. "We fixed it and I felt awesome in my last bullpen and I'm excited to get back out there."

After losing the series opener on Tuesday, Oakland will look to Jesse Chavez. Chavez, making his first start since the All-Star break, will likely have his innings monitored as the season goes on since this is his first year as a starter in the Majors. He's already pitched 114 1/3 innings, nearly double his career high of 67 1/3 innings.

The right-hander ranks fifth in the American League in home ERA (2.13), but took the loss in his last outing after giving up a career-high 10 hits and three runs in 5 2/3 frames.

"It was just one of those days where I fought myself mechanically," Chavez said.

Still, he's certainly performed better this year than anyone could have expected. He was one option to leave the rotation after the A's acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, but Tommy Milone was sent down instead, giving Chavez a chance to continue to try and prove doubters wrong who think his surprising first half was an aberration.

A's: Reddick returns from DL
Right fielder Josh Reddick returned to the A's roster on Tuesday with a right knee brace he plans on wearing for the remainder of the season.

Reddick missed three weeks with a right knee sprain, having already been resigned to the disabled list for the majority of June because of the same injury.

"It's not any one particular thing in there that's tweaked," said Reddick, who is confident he won't lose any mobility with the brace. "They just see a lot of inflammation in there with some tendons. Maybe just something that needs rest, but that's something I can't afford to get right now."

Reddick was not in the A's lineup Tuesday but is expected to get the bulk of playing time in right field against right-handers. The A's face several in the next week, including Peacock on Wednesday, allowing manager Bob Melvin to do some juggling with his other left-handed bats.

Brandon Moss is likely to play first base on those days, with Stephen Vogt able to DH until he can catch again. Melvin said a foot issue has restricted Vogt from those duties as of late.

Astros: Porter has faith in Singleton
Rookie first baseman Jon Singleton, who didn't start Tuesday against lefty Scott Kazmir, will return to the lineup Wednesday against Chavez.

Singleton, who has started 39 of 42 games since he was called up, has six homers in his first 148 at-bats, and 12 of his 27 hits have gone for extra bases. But he's largely struggled at the plate, hitting .182 with 62 strikeouts in 167 plate appearances.

"He's a guy that can carry your ballclub," manager Bo Porter said. "He hasn't hit as well as his skill set would tell you, but he's a talented young player and with young, talented players you're going to have ups and downs. He's had some pretty good games for us and we know at the end of the day this guy is going to hit. Has he done it consistently at the Major League level to this point? No, but he's early in his Major League career."

Worth noting
George Springer was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game Tuesday with discomfort in his right knee/quadriceps.

All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve, who leads the Majors in hits, had his 43rd multi-hit game Tuesday, which also leads the Majors.

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