Mariners give Robinson Cano permission to play in Dominican Winter League

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According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, the Mariners have given Robinson Cano permission to play a limited number of games in the Dominican Winter League as he makes his way back from a broken toe.

Cano suffered a broken right pinkie toe when he was hit in the foot by a pitch during the Japan Series in November. The 32-year-old was held out of baseball activities for about a month, but he’s now fully recovered. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Cano just wants to test his toe in game action prior to spring training.

Cano will be entering the second season of his 10-year, $240 million contract with Seattle. While his power was down a bit in 2014, he still proved plenty valuable by batting .314/.382/.454 with 14 home runs, 82 RBI, and 10 stolen bases. He has appeared in at least 157 games over the past eight seasons. That’s not quite Cal Ripken, Jr. or anything, but it’s pretty good.

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.