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Report: Tim Lincecum has guaranteed contract offer

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Grant Brisbee of SB Nation reports that Tim Lincecum, who many speculated would have to accept a minor league deal after his year away from the game, has a guaranteed contract offer.

While Brisbee is best known for covering the Giants, he says that the Giants are not the team that has made Lincecum the offer. In his article Brisbee speculates as to who it may be. Possibly the Padres, for whom Lincecum could be seen as a reasonable upgrade. Or, possibly, a non-west coast team with which the west coast-residing Lincecum would prefer not to sign, but whose representatives could be leaking in order to inspire a west coast team to match with a guaranteed offer of their own.  His speculations seem pretty reasonable.

Either way, if Lincecum gets a guaranteed deal before Jake Arrieta and Lance Lynn, the offseason will be even weirder than it already was.

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.