With injuries taking toll, Rangers add Alex Cora

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Having lost both Ian Kinsler and Cristian Guzman to the disabled list, the Rangers added some infield depth Tuesday by signing Alex Cora to a minor league contract.
Cora was released by the Mets earlier this month after hitting .207/.265/.278 in 169 at-bats. Had he played in 18 more games for the Mets, he would have had a $2 million vesting option for 2011 kick in.
The Rangers will assign Cora to Triple-A Oklahoma City, but they could call on him quickly. Joaquin Arias, just back from the DL himself, made a key miscue in Monday’s loss to the Rays. Fellow infielder Andres Blanco is hitting .230/.299/.264 in 87 at-bats.
Cora lacks Blanco’s range and he’s not as good of a hitter as Arias, but he offers a steady glove and plenty of veteran veteraness. That might be enough to earn him several starts at second base down the stretch.

Red Sox end Astros’ 10-game winning streak

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The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.

Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.

The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.

At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.