Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Indians lose another starter

CLEVELAND — Another win but another damaging injury Saturday for the Indians.

Carlos Carrasco, the Indians' No. 2 starting pitcher, will miss the rest of the season after breaking his right hand when hit by a line drive off the bat of Detroit's Ian Kinsler on the second pitch of a 1-0, 10-inning win over the Tigers.

"He's done for the year," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Carrasco, who sustained a nondisplaced fracture of his pitching hand.

Using what is believed to be a majors-record nine pitchers in a shutout of nine or more innings, Cleveland opened an eight-game lead over second-place Detroit.

"But it will make this more challenging, what we're trying to do," Francona said. "When we do it, it will feel all that much better."

Indians No. 3 starter Danny Salazar has not pitched since Sept. 9 because of a strained right forearm and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

In addition, the Indians said Saturday that catcher Yan Gomes will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks because of a broken right wrist, an injury incurred when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday night while on an injury rehabilitation assignment for Double-A Akron.

Leftfielder Michael Brantley, who appeared in 11 games, had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder Aug. 15.

Francona and a team trainer immediately went to the mound after Carrasco was hit. The trainer worked with Carrasco to get the feeling back in his hand for several moments before the pitcher walked off the field.

RED SOX 6, YANKEES 5: Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, Mookie Betts had the tying single before scoring the go-ahead run and host Boston earned its third straight win over New York.

ROYALS 3, WHITE SOX 2: Jarrod Dyson had two hits, a run and a steal in Jason Vargas' first start in 14 months, and host Kansas City snapped a five-game losing streak.

BRAVES 7, NATIONALS 3: Nick Markakis and Anthony Recker drove in two runs each, Josh Collmenter had an effective emergency start and host Atlanta kept NL East-leading Washington from reducing its magic number from six.

BREWERS 11, CUBS 3: Ryan Braun homered twice to reach 30 for the sixth time, Chris Carter hit a grand slam off the Wrigley Field video board and visiting Milwaukee routed the NL Central champions.

PIRATES 10-7, REDS 4-3: Former Ray Sean Rodriguez homered in both games, and Andrew McCutchen had a bases-loaded single in a sweep for visiting Pittsburgh.

PHILLIES 8, MARLINS 0: Former Ray Jeremy Hellickson pitched a three-hitter and A.J. Ellis had a three-run double for host Philadelphia, which handed Miami its 14th loss in 20 games.

Around the league

METS: Right-hander Jacob deGrom was scratched from his scheduled start today and is unlikely to pitch again this season because of an injury to the ulnar nerve in his right elbow. DeGrom has been out since Sept. 1 with elbow pain.

YANKEES: Second baseman Starlin Castro left in the fifth inning after straining his right hamstring while rounding first base on a double.

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