Daniel Murphy isn't close to rejoining the Mets

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It’s probably a moot point after Ike Davis was called up yesterday, but Mets general manager Omar Minaya told the New York Post that Daniel Murphy isn’t close to returning from a sprained knee.
Minaya declined to reveal whether the Mets plan to keep Davis in the majors for good or potentially send him back to the minors once Murphy is healthy, but did say that Murphy “just started limited baseball activity, just started running.”
About two weeks ago Murphy was given a 2-6 week timetable for recovery, but it sounds like he has little chance to return this month. And of course he’s done nothing to suggest that he actually deserves to be handed the starting job back once he does come off the disabled list.
Murphy has hit .275/.331/.437 with just 14 homers in 707 plate appearances, which is well below average for a first baseman. Davis is certainly no sure thing to top those numbers right away, but he’s very capable of doing so and my guess is that unless he flops horribly the Mets will welcome Murphy back into at most a part-time role next month.

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.