Dustin Pedroia not expected to rejoin Red Sox until at least September 10

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Dustin Pedroia has been on the shelf since July 22 with a nagging right hamstring strain and he’s still a ways off from rejoining the Red Sox.

According to Jimmy Toscano of CSNNE.com, acting Red Sox manager Torey Lovullo said this afternoon that Pedroia is not expected to return until at least September 10. It appeared that he was close after taking batting practice on Monday, but tests today revealed that his hamstring hasn’t sufficiently healed.

“He had some imagining done and the imaging is saying that he needs to continue strengthening for another ten days which will get him right around to the end of the month where he’ll begin running activity and ramp up for 10-14 days,” Lovullo said. “And sometime around the 10th of September we’re looking for his return. Inside of that first set of strengthening we’ll also include hitting, some really light ground balls, nothing too strenuous. All along the lines of continuing to strengthen that area behind his knee and get him ready for some running activity to ramp him up for that day in September.”

With the Red Sox playing out the string in what will likely be their second straight last-place finish, there’s no need to push things. It’s too bad about the hamstring, as Pedroia was having a really nice year before initially suffering the injury in late June. He went 1-for-22 upon his return before hitting the disabled list again. Pedroia is batting .287 with nine home runs and a .774 OPS over 75 games on the year.

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.