Yordano Ventura exited Friday’s start early due to right hand weakness

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Royals starter Yordano Ventura lasted only three innings in Friday night’s start against the Cardinals due to weakness in his right hand, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. It’s a vague description of the injury, so presumably we’ll learn more after the game. The right-hander gave up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two.

The first-place Royals don’t exactly have the most intimidating starting rotation, so if they were to lose Ventura for an extended period of time, one imagines they would become active in the trade market for a starting pitcher. Ventura hasn’t been having much success this year, owning a 4.68 ERA with a 54/21 K/BB ratio over 67 1/3 innings.

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.