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Game of the Week: Astros vs. A’s April 26

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Matchup: Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros
The Oakland A’s and the Houston Astros will continue their division rivalry series this weekend with a three game series at the O.co. Coliseum. With both teams atop the American League West, the A’s and Astros will both be looking to take the series and gain advantage in the series.
Last Season……Athletics
The Oakland Athletics tried to spend the off-season fixing the problems that caused the collapse of one of MLB’s best teams in 2014. Before the All-Star Break, the A’s were the proud holder of the most wins in the Majors with 61 and sent six players to the All-Star Break. However, the second half of the season was a completely different story. Their franchise player Yoenis Cespedes was sent to the Boston Red Sox in a trade which included Jon Lester and they would then, in a six week span, win just eleven games and get a last ditch effort at grabbing a wildcard spot where they would lose to the Kansas City Royals in a twelve inning, one game matchup.
Last Season…….Astros
After another disappointing season, the Houston Astros finished 70-92, twenty-eight games back in the AL West. After the regular season, they hired A.J. Hinch as their new skipper.
Managers
Athletics
Bob Melvin is in his fourth full season as the Manager of the Oakland Athletcis. He became the interim Manager on June 9, 2011 and has been the skipper ever since. His record as Manger for the A’s is 325-260 and helped Oakland win the AL West title in both 2012 and 2013.
Astros
A.J. Hinch is in his first season as Manager of the Houston Astros. He played catcher in the MLB with many teams in his career including the Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies. Hinch spent many years coaching in the Arizona Diamondbacks Minor League System. He was also the V.P. of Scouting with the San Diego Padres from 2010 until resigning in August.
Key Additions/ Subtractions for the Athletics
When it comes to talking about key additions and subtractions with the Oakland Athletics, it sort of resembles a revolving door. Just in July, the A’s lost Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox and gained pitcher Jeff Samardzija and Jon Lester. However, in the offseason the A’s lost both of the latter as well as Josh Donaldson.
Key Additions/ Subtractions for the Astros
The Astros added Jed Lowrie, Evan Gattis and Luke Gregerson and along with All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve, the Astros look to have one of their best seasons in decades.
  
Top Prospect- Athletics
The Oakland Athletics’ Top Prospect is Franklin Barreto, a nineteen year old shortstop who was originally signed as a free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012. The A’s acquired Barreto from the Blue Jays in the trade that involved Josh Donaldson. Barreto is currently playing for the Stockton Ports in the Class A Advanced California League. Though the 5 foot 9, 175lb. Barreto is struggling at the plate so far in 2015, his fielding skills are still his strong suit as he spends time at both second and short.
Top Prospect-Astros
The Houston Astros’ Top Prospect is Carlos Correa, a twenty year old shortstop originally from Puerto Rico. He was drafted 1st  Overall in the 2012 MLB Draft and started his journey into the Houston Astros’ Farm System. In June 2014, his season ended after he fractured his right leg. Currently in 2015 he is with the Astros’ Double A Affiliate the Corpus Christi Hooks.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

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Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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