Athletics place Conor Jackson on DL once again

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Conor Jackson, who just rejoined the Athletics on Monday, was placed on the DL for the third time this season Friday with a strained abdominal muscle.
The A’s acquired Jackson from the Diamondbacks on June to step in as their starting left fielder, but he’s played in just 18 games since, hitting .228/.362/.316 with five RBI.
After Jackson’s previous injury, the A’s opted to give top prospect Chris Carter a look in left field. Carter, though, was sent down to make room for Jackson on Monday and wasn’t brought back following a very rough week in the majors. Jeff Larish was recalled instead.
That would seem to suggest that Travis Buck could get a look in the outfield to see if he should be in Oakland’s plans for 2011. Buck hit .288/.377/.474 in 285 at-bats as a 23-year-old rookie in 2007, but he’s been used sparingly by the A’s since due to injuries and ineffectiveness.
If Buck can establish himself, it’s far less likely that Jackson will be invited back next year. Jackson is making $3.1 million this season, so he’s likely to be non-tendered this winter, though he could always be re-signed at a lesser price.

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.