Joey Votto has resumed light baseball activities

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Joey Votto is finally beginning to make some progress in his recovery from a severe quad strain.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, the Reds first baseman began taking dry swings and throwing lightly on Tuesday afternoon — his first baseball-related activities since receiving platelet-rich plasma treatment on his injured left leg back in late July.

Votto has already been sidelined for two full months and isn’t going to be able to make it back before mid-September, so it’s possible that the Reds — who are now 10 games back of the Brewers in the National League Central standings — might shut him down at some point. Votto is owed $206 million through 2023 with a $20 million club option (or $7 million buyout) for 2024. He was sporting a career-worst .799 OPS in 62 games this season before landing on the DL.

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.