• Carrasco expected to start for Cleveland against Tampa Bay

    By: The Associated Press


    Tampa Bay Rays (29-19, second in the AL East) vs. Cleveland Indians (26-24, second in the AL Central)

    Cleveland; Saturday, 4 p.m. EDT

    PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Charlie Morton (4-0, 2.65 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 67 strikeouts) Indians: Carlos Carrasco (4-4, 4.30 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 66 strikeouts)

    LINE: Indians favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 runs

    BOTTOM LINE: Cleveland and Tampa Bay will play at Progressive Field Saturday.

    The Indians are 15-12 on their home turf. The Cleveland offense has compiled a .222 batting average as a team this season, Francisco Lindor leads the team with a mark of .285.

    The Rays are 16-8 on the road. The Tampa Bay offense has compiled a .254 batting average as a team this season, good for twelfth in the American League. Austin Meadows leads the team with an average of .312. The Indians won the last meeting 3-1. A.J. Cole earned his second victory and Jordan Luplow went 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI for Cleveland. Jose Alvarado took his fourth loss for Tampa Bay.

    TOP PERFORMERS: Carlos Santana leads the Indians with 48 hits and is batting .282. Luplow is 7-for-28 with a double, four home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Cleveland.

    Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 50 hits and is batting .289. Avisail Garcia is 11-for-32 with a double, four home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.

    LAST 10 GAMES: Indians: 5-5, .233 batting average, 3.80 ERA, outscored opponents by 13 runs

    Rays: 6-4, .249 batting average, 2.90 ERA, outscored opponents by eight runs

    Indians Injuries: Danny Salazar: 60-day IL (shoulder), Corey Kluber: 10-day IL (arm), Mike Clevinger: 60-day IL (back), Bradley Zimmer: 10-day IL (shoulder), Tyler Naquin: 10-day IL (knee), Oscar Mercado: day-to-day (hip).

    Rays Injuries: Tyler Glasnow: 10-day IL (forearm), Jose De Leon: 60-day IL (elbow), Anthony Banda: 60-day IL (elbow), Joey Wendle: 10-day IL (wrist), Daniel Robertson: day-to-day (illness), Matt Duffy: 60-day IL (back), Yandy Diaz: 10-day IL (left hand contusion), Mike Zunino: 10-day IL (quad), Michael Perez: 10-day IL (oblique), Anthony Bemboom: 10-day IL (knee).


    The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.

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