Oakland's Drew Pomeranz (1-0) and the Astros' Collin McHugh (1-0) enter Wednesday's series finale at Minute Maid Park coming off impressive starts -- especially the left-handed Pomeranz.
In his first start of the season Friday, Pomeranz threw seven shutout innings in a decisive 12-0 win over Seattle. His scoreless streak is at 15 innings, dating to Sept. 2, 2014. But he is 0-1 career against the Astros in three appearances (two starts).
McHugh, one of the pleasant surprises for the Astros in 2014, had a solid first outing in 2015, keeping the Rangers off balance. In extending his career-long winning streak to eight games, the right-hander allowed only one run and five hits in six innings at Arlington.
Three things to know about this game
• The Astros and A's will join the league-wide celebration of Jackie Robinson Day on Wednesday with all players and coaches wearing Robinson's retired 42 on their jerseys. Robinson broke baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947.
• The A's pitching staff has a Major League-leading three shutouts, with each by eight or more runs (8-0, 10-0, 12-0). Last season the A's had three shutouts of eight or more runs the entire season.
• McHugh's eight-game winning streak is the longest by an Astros pitcher since right-hander Roy Oswalt won nine straight decisions from Aug. 23, 2006 to April 17, '07.