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Yankees are done interviewing managerial candidates

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met the press at a charity event this morning and said that the Yankees are finished interviewing managerial candidates. Which means that, barring something crazy, one of these men are going to be the next Yankees manager:

  • Carlos Beltran;
  • Aaron Boone;
  • Rob Thomson;
  • Eric Wedge;
  • Chris Woodward; or
  • Hensley Meulens

Beltran was the last to interview, meeting with the Yankees on Wednesday. The rest of them interviewed before Thanksgiving. The Yankees made the process far more public than most teams do as they wanted to use each candidates’ post-interview interaction with the press as part of the interview process itself. Which makes a lot of sense given that meeting the press is a huge part of a manager’s job.

None of the candidates stepped on it during their post-interview, um, interviews, and no one has leaked from inside Yankees HQ about the relative standings of the candidates, so your guess is as good as mine as who will take over the helm for the Bombers.

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.