The historical significance of the Astros' incredible first two months of the season increases daily.
The best team in baseball arrived at Kauffman Stadium on Monday, a youthful brigade of athleticism, exuberance and former top draft picks.
In baseball history, only five men have recorded more than 2,600 hits, 400 homers, 500 doubles and 300 stolen bases. Two of those players — Willie Mays and Andre Dawson — are in the Hall of Fame. Two others — Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez — are all-time greats who plied their trade during the Steroid Era, both with strong links to performance-enhancing drugs.
Marwin Gonzalez exited in the eighth inning of the Astros' 7-3 win against the Royals on Monday because of what the team described as left hand discomfort.
The Astros just simply keep rolling. Brian McCann belted a two-run homer and the bullpen held the Royals to one run over four innings to secure a 7-3 victory on Monday night, Houston's 11th straight win and club-record 11th in a row on the road.
Houston wins 11th in a row against Royals on Monday night
The Astros are hoping right-hander Joe Musgrove -- on the disabled list since May 27 with shoulder discomfort -- can return to the rotation this weekend against the Angels in Houston. Musgrove will miss his second consecutive start on Tuesday, but he is making strides.
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In their first trip to Dodger Stadium since the Dodgers eliminated them from the 2016 postseason in the National League Division Series, the Nationals got a homer from Anthony Rendon and two RBIs from Matt Wieters and held on for a 4-2 win on Monday night in the first game of a three-game set.
The Red Sox, who have been better lately, come into Yankee Stadium this week to play the Yankees, who have been better than most people expected them to be all season long. The Yankees are No. 1 in the American League East. The Red Sox are No. 2.