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BAL@BOS: Peavy allows one earned run against Orioles

Despite trade rumors swirling around his name all week, right-hander Jake Peavy will start for the Red Sox on Saturday against the Astros.

"What's going to happen down the road really doesn't bother me," Peavy said. "And I really don't think about it too much."

Peavy is 1-7 with a 4.64 ERA, but has pitched better in his last two starts, allowing three earned runs on 11 hits in 12 combined innings against the Cubs and Orioles.

Both of those outings came at Fenway Park, where Peavy's ERA is 3.59 -- as opposed to his 6.00 mark on the road. He'll look to build on that against Houston at Minute Maid Park.

The good news for Peavy is that the Red Sox have owned the Astros of late, winning 10 of their last 11 games against Houston since 2011.

The Astros will recall lefty Brett Oberholtzer from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to the game to start in place of Collin McHugh, who is dealing with a fingernail issue that forced to him to leave his last start after four innings. With the All-Star break coming up, the club wanted to give McHugh time to recover properly.

Oberholtzer has been summoned from Oklahoma City twice since the end of May to make a pair of spot starts. His last four starts in the Majors have been spread over the last six weeks, but he is 2-1 with a 3.16 ERA in those outings -- a huge improvement after going 0-6 with a 5.86 ERA in his first seven starts to begin the year.

"He's done a tremendous job," said Astros manager Bo Porter. "He has the right mindset that comes with being able to understand where we are as a team and the times we've needed to plug him in. I've told him, he's saved us a lot of times when we needed to bring that guy up to keep our bullpen in good condition. He's delivered quality start after quality start."

Red Sox: Playing time doesn't wear on Holt
Brock Holt has already played nine more games this season than he played in his first two Major League campaigns combined.

Holt played a key role in Friday's 8-3 win, going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two runs and an RBI to raise his average to .309. While the everyday role could potentially be wearing on him, the results have indicated otherwise.

"He's been such an important part of our lineup in leading off for us that you check in with him regularly just how he's responding physically," manager John Farrell said. "For the first time in his Major League career he's got an everyday opportunity and he's certainly not going to balk at that or ask out, which he has not."

Astros: Springer a late scratch with sore knee
Rookie outfielder George Springer was scratched from Friday's lineup because of right knee discomfort.

Springer's aggressive baserunning has already cost him a few starts since being promoted in April. He is considered day to day.

Robbie Grossman made the start in center field in Springer's place on Friday, with L.J. Hoes playing right field. Comments