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Jose Canseco to play for an independent team for a weekend

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Jose Canseco hasn’t played a game that counted in 16 years, but he’s still out there, taking his hacks. He just signed a short-term contract to play for the independent Pittsburg Diamonds in a series taking place in June 23-25. If you’re unaware, Pittsburg is a town in Contra Costa County, California. The Diamonds play in the Pacific Association.

This is the third year in a row the Diamonds have signed Canseco. He has been their designated hitter and has pitched some in the past. He throws a knuckle curve. Whatever works.

Caneco will remain in his day job, which is working as TV analyst for NBC Sports California’s A’s broadcasts. Which I guess makes him sort of my colleague.

And you thought Baer and I were the oddest ducks around here.

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.