Royals avoid arbitration with outfielder Justin Maxwell

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From the Royals’ official Twitter account …

No word yet on the financial terms but it will be a big raise either way for Maxwell, who made the MLB minimum in 2013. He asked for a salary of $1.7 million and was offered $1.075 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged last Friday. The two sides probably wound up meeting right in the middle.

Maxwell, 30, batted .252/.328/.436 with seven homers and six steals in 75 games last season between Houston and Kansas City. He’ll get semi-regular outfield starts this year, primarily against left-handers.

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.