Kyle Farnsworth aims to return next week

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Kyle Farnsworth won’t pitch this weekend against the Red Sox, but he hopes to return next week during a series against the Yankees.

Farnsworth hasn’t pitched since last Saturday due to lingering tenderness in his throwing elbow. However, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, he was able to make 25 throws with a ball in a sock yesterday. This may sound a little strange, but the exercise is designed to minimize stress on the arm.

Assuming his elbow bounces back OK, Farnsworth is slated to throw on the field on Sunday and have a bullpen session Tuesday in New York. The goal is to have him available for the series finale against the Yankees on Thursday. Joel Peralta, who earned a save Monday against the Orioles, should continue to ninth-inning duties during his absence.

Farnsworth, 35, has a 2.32 ERA and 45/10 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings this season. He has converted 23 out of 29 save opportunities.

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.