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Dodgers, Padres to play in Mexico in May 2018

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The Dodgers and Padres will play a three-game regular season series in Monterrey, Mexico May 4-6 next year, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. The Padres will be the home team. Major League Baseball is expected to make an official announcement on Monday.

MLB plans to have six regular season series played in Mexico over the next four seasons. Furthermore, Shaikin notes, MLB also plans to open the 2019 and 2020 seasons in Asia, and a regular season series will be played in the United Kingdom during those seasons as well. Assuming Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium is repaired following hurricane damage, the Indians and Twins will play there in April 17-18 next season.

Dodgers and Padres players will receive a $15,000 bonus for playing internationally, per the latest collective bargaining agreement. Non-player personnel will receive a $40,000 bonus, per Shaikin. That includes managers, coaches, trainers, and clubhouse staffers.

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.