Ron Washington thinks Cliff Lee will re-sign with Texas

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Cliff Lee is expected to choose between offers from the Rangers and Yankees on Monday.

While the free agent southpaw is off weighing pros and cons, we’re left wondering what he might do and trying to gather any clues.

So far the clue-finding has not been a fruitful venture.  The guess here is that Lee will chase the most lucrative contract he can find — just like any free agent would — and all indications have the Yankees offering more guaranteed money.

Don’t tell that to Rangers manager Ron Washington, who was giving out optimistic quotes on the matter Saturday evening while being inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame:

“[My gut says] that he’ll be here,” opined Washington.  “I think everything that needs to be done has been done. … We just have to wait.”

Lee, 32, registered a 3.18 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 28 starts this past year.  He struck out 7.84 batters per nine innings and turned in a league-leading 0.76 BB/9 (walks per nine innings).  For reference, National League Cy Yong Award winner Roy Halladay came in second with a 1.08 BB/9.

The Yankees have apparently offered a seven-year contract worth around $161 million.  The Rangers have only been willing to go as high as six years, but new reports allege that a proposal with a seventh year option may be on the table.

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.