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Report: Manny Machado met with Padres last week


As the hot stove turns: the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Padres general manager met with Manny Machado in Miami at some point last week.

Machado, it is reported, is the team’s “first choice” to fill their vacancy at third base, but there is no such suggestion that the Padres are Machado’s first choice, so let’s not get carried away here. Indeed, there is no suggestion that Machado is close to signing with anyone yet.

Still, it’s interesting that the Padres are still in the game. Such as it is.

Red Sox end Astros’ 10-game winning streak

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The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.

Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.

The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.

At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.