START: Astros aim to match team mark of 12 wins in a row

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Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros celebrates after his home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, May 13, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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A look at what’s happening in the majors today:

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RISING STARS

José Altuve and the Houston Astros are looking for their 12th straight win, which would tie the team record.

Altuve homered on the first pitch of the game Friday night as the Astros won their 11th straight game by beating Washington 6-1.

Houston, which began play in 1962 as a National League expansion team called the Colt .45s, has won 12 straight three times: in 1999, 2004 and 2018.

The Astros won the series opener in manager Dusty Baker’s first game at Nationals Park since he was fired as Washington’s captain after the 2017 season, the year the Nats won their second straight Division title. East of the National League.

This series marks the first games to count between the franchises, which share a spring training facility, since Washington beat the Astros in the 2019 World Series.

Cristian Javier (2-0, 0.83 ERA) starts for Houston against Erick Fedde (2-2, 3.90).

2B OR NOT 2B

Robinson Canó has found another job in the majors, signing with San Diego less than a week after being released by the Mets.

The Padres plan to use Cano, 39, as a left-handed hitter off the bench. Interim manager Ryan Christenson said he might get some occasional starts at second base and designated hitter.

“I have a lot left in the tank,” Cano said. “I know I can still play this game and just come out on top.”

The Mets owe Cano nearly $45 million remaining on his original contract signed with Seattle. He will earn a prorated share of the $700,000 minimum.

Canó hit .195 with a home run and three RBIs in 43 plate appearances for the NL East-leading Mets. He sat out last season serving a second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

The eight-time All-Star second baseman had a career batting average of .302 with 335 home runs in 17 seasons when the Mets released him.

Christenson took over for the Padres while manager Bob Melvin recovers from prostate surgery.

The Padres said Friday that no cancer was found during the operation two days earlier. Melvin, 60, had said he expected to miss only the first six games of the team’s nine-game road trip, which began in Atlanta this weekend and continues in Philadelphia and San Francisco.

ACE SICK

Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is out with pelvic joint inflammation, the seventh straight season he’s been on the disabled list. Los Angeles made the roster move several hours before it faced the Phillies at Dodger Stadium.

Kershaw, 34, was bothered by sore throwing arm for the entire second half of last season and missed the Dodgers’ playoff run.

Kershaw (4-0, 1.80 ERA) is off to an outstanding start to his 15th season with the Dodgers. The three-time NL Cy Young winner has 32 strikeouts and just three walks in his five starts since he signed a one-year, $17 million deal in March to return to his only professional club. .

Kershaw also became the Dodgers’ franchise leader in strikeouts on April 30.

HOMECOMING GAME

Prized Mariners pitching prospect George Kirby had a section of vocal cheers in the Seattle stands for his impressive major league debut on Mother’s Day and hopes to have another when he takes on the Mets in the second start. of his career.

Kirby grew up in Rye, New York, about 22 miles north of Citi Field. He was drafted by the Mets out of high school in the 32nd round, but went to college at Elon in North Carolina and was selected by Seattle with the 20th overall pick in 2019. The 24-year-old right-hander, rated one of the best in baseball The best newcomer pitching, he pitched six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and no walks Sunday against Tampa Bay after being called up from Double-A Arkansas.

KB COMING BACK

Kris Bryant could return to the Colorado lineup shortly after a cortisone shot eased back pain.

The Rockies outfielder got the chance Monday, then played catch-and-hit in a batting cage Friday for the first time since being sidelined nearly three weeks ago. He is expected to increase his workload on Saturday and could begin a short minor league rehab assignment next week.

Bryant, who signed a seven-year, $172 million free agent deal with the Rockies in March, is still searching for his first home run with Colorado. The four-time All-Star and 2016 NL MVP is hitting .281 with four RBIs. He has struck out 12 times in 57 at-bats.

500 STRAIGHT

Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield is scheduled to play his 500th consecutive game, extending the longest streak in the majors, when Kansas City plays Colorado.

Merrifield’s career began on June 25, 2018, and is the longest in the majors since Prince Fielder played in 547 straight from September 14, 2010, to May 16, 2014. Merrifield has played six positions during the stretch. : first base, second base, left field, center field, right field and DH.

Break Cal Ripken Jr.’s record of 2,632 games? The 33-year-old would need to play another 13 seasons or more.

RYU READY

Blue Jays left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu, sidelined since April 16 with a forearm problem, will be activated to start in Tampa Bay.

The 35-year-old allowed 11 runs in 7 1/3 innings in his first two starts before going on the disabled list. After a quick visit to Triple-A Buffalo for a rehab start last Saturday, he’s ready to rejoin the rotation. He will oppose Rays left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (0-0, 6.14).

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