Report: Rich Harden staying in Chicago

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To the surprise of absolutely no one, Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that Rich Harden will remain with the Cubs because the Twins failed to work out a trade after claiming him off waivers.
Harden is an impending free agent, so assuming the Cubs offer him arbitration and he declines they’ll receive draft-pick compensation if he leaves. In other words, they had little reason to trade him unless the Twins were willing to part with multiple solid prospects.
Levine notes that Aaron Heilman will also remain with the Cubs after the Giants were unable to work something out following their waiver claim. Unlike Harden, Heilman remains under the Cubs’ control as an arbitration-eligible player next season and is eligible for free agency in 2011.

Astros extend winning streak to 11 games

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The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.

The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.

Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.

After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.