Jose Altuve and Mauricio Dubon are expected to start together for the first time this season -- perhaps as early as the series opener -- when the Houston Astros and host Oakland Athletics meet for three straight days beginning Friday night.

Oakland's James Kaprielian (0-4, 8.68 ERA) and Houston's Hunter Brown (4-1, 3.20) are the scheduled Friday starters in a matchup of right-handers.

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