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HOUSTON — With 32 games left on the schedule http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-willie-stargell-jersey , the Houston Astros are in the throes of the pennant race they avoided last season when they claimed the American League West by 21 games.Their collective resiliency has been taxed during the past two months, with injuries stalling their pursuit of a second consecutive division title and opening the door for the blistering Oakland Athletics to make a serious play for the AL West title.The Astros survived a bit of a test last weekend by salvaging the finale of their three-game series in Oakland, reclaiming their perch atop the division while preventing the Athletics from securing sole possession of first place.Article continues below ...Those two teams will square off for the final time starting Monday night at Minute Maid Park, with the Astros (80-50) fresh off a 6-3 road trip and riding a five-game winning streak into the opener of a three-game series with the Athletics (79-52), who trail by two games in the loss column.Houston has already secured the season series by winning 10 of 16 games, but a series victory would provide a bit of a cushion as the Astros prepare for a challenging stretch run.Aiding the Astros’ cause is their improved health. Second baseman Jose Altuve returned from the 10-day disabled list last Tuesday and Houston hasn’t lost since. Outfielder George Springer is set to rejoin the lineup on Monday after being sidelined for the past week with a sore left quad.“We finished strong on the road trip and that was key,” Astros shortstop Carlos Correa said. “We wanted to go home playing good baseball and we’ve been able to do that. Now we’ve got a good series against the A’s and we’ve got to keep going.”Right-hander Gerrit Cole (11-5 Barry Bonds Jersey , 2.73 ERA) will start for Houston with an extra day of rest. After throwing at least 100 pitches in eight consecutive starts through his final appearance of July, Cole has yet to reach the 100-pitch plateau this month, averaging 94.2 in his four starts.Cole has worked at least seven innings only once of his last 11 starts after opening the season with five consecutive such appearances. The Astros are 1-4 in his last five starts.Cole is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA in five career starts against Oakland, including 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA in four starts this season.Left-hander Brett Anderson (3-3, 3.47 ERA) gets the start for the Athletics. Anderson has produced consecutive scoreless starts, allowing six hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings against the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. He is 1-0 with a 0.68 ERA this month.Anderson is 1-2 with a 5.50 ERA in four career outings (three starts) against the Astros. He has faced Houston once this season, allowing nine runs (seven earned) http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-roberto-clemente-jersey , 10 hits and three walks in three innings in a 16-2 home loss on May 7 that qualifies as his worst start of 2018.Oakland took three of four weekend games in Minnesota to keep pace with the Astros. Matt Chapman slammed two homers in Sunday’s 6-2 win and has 10 homers and a .348 batting average since the All-Star break.“He’s really quickly adapted to laying off some balls away, and I think some of those strike threes you’re seeing called on him are balls, too, which are frustrating,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin told mlb.com. “But that’s allowing him to move the ball over a little bit and get good pitches to hit. He’s taken to it pretty quickly at the big league level.”Oakland is 7-0-1 in its last eight series but will arrive in Houston with ace left-hander Sean Manaea on the 10-day disabled list with a shoulder impingement. Right-hander Emilio Pagan will replace Manaea in the rotation. MILWAUKEE (AP) — The home of the Milwaukee Brewers will no longer be known as Miller Park after next year.American Family Insurance will take over the naming rights to the stadium in 2021 under a 15-year agreement announced Tuesday.“This is a relationship with a very sophisticated Fortune 500 company that will widen our brand and it’s a collaboration between two dynamic companies with a passion for sports in our community,” Brewers CEO Rick Schlesinger said.The exact name of the stadium has not been chosen yet. Financial terms were not disclosed.MillerCoors, which has a brewery located just a mile from the stadium Kent Tekulve Jersey , committed $41.2 million for the naming rights in March 1996, nine months before ground was broken.Miller Park, with its convertible roof, was opened in 2001 and replaced Milwaukee County Stadium.American Family CEO Jack Salzwedel said the Madison-based company was approached by the Brewers last fall after the team came within a game of its first World Series appearance since 1982.“We’ve had a really long relationship (with the Brewers),” Salzwedel said. “The question of naming rights comes to us all the time from lots of different places across the United States but this is right in our backyard. I was happy when they brought it up and we jumped on the opportunity.”Salzwedel said the agreement is part of a Milwaukee-focused strategy for the company, which is in the process of opening a new office in the city. Two years ago, American Family also became the naming rights partner of the 23 http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-bill-mazeroski-jersey ,000-seat amphitheater at Henry W. Maier Festival Park, home to the city’s annual Summerfest music festival.In an email sent to employees Tuesday, MillerCoors said it plans to continue its relationship with the team.“Late last year American Family Insurance proactively pitched the Brewers an incredibly rich offer for the future naming rights to Miller Park, and we’re proud to welcome American Family to the family we’ve been part of for generations,” the email said. “While the name on the stadium will change following the 2020 season, our relationship with the Brewers remains as strong as ever.”
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