Jason Bay is "not close" to returning

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When Jason Bay collided into the left field fence in Los Angeles on July 23, I described it as a potential season-changing moment. Not for the Mets, necessarily, but that Bay would finally be the elite run producer we all know he is capable of being. Of course, I said that not knowing he would eventually suffer from concussion symptoms, but if I had the chance to meet “12 days ago me,” I’d probably punch that optimistic sucker right in the gut.

And now this. A team official tells Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that Bay is “not close” to coming off the disabled list and is unlikely to be activated when he is eligible next Tuesday.

Bay told Mets trainer Ray Ramirez that he is feeling “a little better,” however he has yet to begin baseball activities and the club has no indication of when he will actually do so. You know what that means? More Francoeur for everyone!

As for Bay, it’s pretty sad when the most entertaining thing to come out of his first season in Queens is his inclusion in a rap “song” by Ron Artest.

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.