• The A's acquired catcher Stephen Vogt from the Rays on Friday for a player to be named later or cash considerations, and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento. To make room on the 40-man roster for Vogt, Oakland designated right-hander Dan Otero -- claimed off waivers a week ago -- for assignment.
Vogt hit .296 with a home run and four RBIs in 16 Cactus League games. He was on Tampa Bay's Opening Day roster last year, and played 18 games (seven at catcher, five at DH and two in left field) spanning three stints for the Rays. The 28-year-old spent the balance of the season at Triple-A Durham, where he hit .272 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs in 94 games.
• Seth Smith was originally penciled in at designated hitter on Friday, before being scratched in favor of Chris Young. Turns out Smith is fine and the A's simply adjusted their lineup once learning that the Astros' pitching plans for the weekend had changed to ensure that Young didn't sit on back-to-back days.
Right-handers Bud Norris and Lucas Harrell will start for Houston on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Young entered the day as a .343 career hitter against the Astros, his best average vs. any team with a minimum of 50 at-bats.
• A's lefty Brett Anderson will make his Sunday start in Houston in front of several local family members, including his mom, Sandra, and sister, Katelyn. Notably missing will be his father, Frank, the pitching coach at the University of Houston, because the Cougars are playing at Marshall University this weekend.
"Hopefully he'll have other chances later in the season," Anderson said.
The southpaw's family lives just 25 minutes from Minute Maid Park.