Busy Rangers add Khalil Greene

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Khalil Greene headshot.jpgThe Rangers weren’t done after the signing of Vlad, as they also inked Khalil Greene to a one-year, $750,000 contract, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.

Limited to 77 games last season due to anxiety-related issues, the
30-year-old Greene hit just .200/.272/.347 with six home runs and 24
RBI. With Elvis Andrus as the clear starter at shortstop, Greene is
expected to fill a utility role similar to what Omar Vizquel did last
season in Texas. Before appearing in 16 games at third base last season
for the Cardinals, Greene had never appeared at any position other than
shortstop during his major league career. He only has a small showing
at third base, but he isn’t rated very highly at either position,
according to UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating).

It’s pretty clear that finding a major league contract was important to
Greene, so it’s a small victory that he received anything more than a
minor league deal, however this probably isn’t the best situation for
him to reestablish his value.

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.