Chris Bosio will be the Cubs’ next pitching coach

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New Cubs’ manager Dale Sveum will have some familiar company on the bench next season.

Chris Bosio confirmed to the Appleton Post-Crescent this afternoon that he has accepted an offer to be the Cubs’ pitching coach. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that an official announcement is expected next week.

Bosio, who pitched 11 seasons in the big leagues, served as an advanced scout with the Brewers organization this season before being promoted to pitching coach with Triple-A Nashville in September.

Sveum and Bosio have plenty of history together. They were teammates from 1986-1991 and also spent the final two months of the 2009 season on the Brewers’ coaching staff.

Bosio will replace former pitching coach Mark Riggins, who saw the Cubs’ staff finish 25th in the majors this past season with a 4.33 ERA.

UPDATE: According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have confirmed that Bosio will indeed be the pitching coach.

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.