Hoping to rebound from a forgettable first outing, Oakland right-hander Kendall Graveman is set to take the mound for the second game of a three-game set between the A's and Astros at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday evening.
Astros right-hander Asher Wojciechowski was slated to oppose him, but he pitched out of the bullpen in Monday's opener. Wojciechowski was optioned to make room for a returning Brad Peacock, who will make his 2015 debut against Graveman and the A's.
Graveman, who made five relief appearances for Toronto last season, was knocked around for eight runs (seven earned) in just 3 1/3 innings against the Rangers in his first career start on Thursday. This will be his first career appearance against Houston.
• Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie, who had a routine day off Monday, will return to the field Tuesday for a start against his former A's club. Lowrie spent each of the previous two seasons as the everyday shortstop in Oakland, before returning to Houston on a three-year, $23 million deal this offseason.
• A's manager Bob Melvin seems to have found a stable No. 2 hitter in rookie Mark Canha, who has hit safely in each of his first six games of his career. Canha, who notched an RBI double in his first at-bat of Monday's opener, will likely be back hitting second Tuesday.