Clevelinks: Cleveland Indians’ Carrasco Shines In Win; Brantley Scratched With Back Stiffness

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Carrasco shows Indians it was money well spent

A night after

Corey Kluber

lost in his pitcher’s duel to the Houston Astros, the Cleveland Indians and

Carlos Carrasco

came out on top 2-0. He went 6 1/3 innings, striking out 10 while allowing only three hits. The offense still struggled, with

Mike Aviles

and

Carlos Santana

‘s home runs the only offense. But this early in the season, that tends to be the case, as many teams are struggling to get the bats going.

Michael Brantley was a late scratch from yesterday’s game with lower back stiffness. It’s not expected to be anything to be too concerned about, and is listed as day-to-day.

With so much depth in the Tribe outfield, our Richard Clark took a look at the possibility of trading David Murphy. While there is no pressing need to do so, if a team has an injury–Murphy becomes a top target, and the Indians could cash in on the deal. The A’s seemed like a possible destination before the signing of Cody Ross, but they won’t be the last team to have a need in the outfield this season.

Kansas City seems determined to stay in conversation for the AL Central this season, as they topped the White Sox again, scoring more than seven runs in back-to-back games to start the season. Last season it took them 30 days to achieve such a feat. Lorenzo Cain delivered the decisive blow with a two-run shot in the eighth, and Greg Holland slammed the door for the win in the ninth.

Here are those and other stories from around the league:

‘Carlos Carrasco stellar in Indians 2-0 win’ –  Wahoo’s on First

‘Should the Cleveland Indians trade David Murphy?’ – Wahoo’s on First

‘Lorenzo Cain drive Royals past White Sox’ – Kings of Kauffman

‘Gonzalez hits three homers in Dodgers win’ – Lasorda’s Lair

‘#TBT: Bo Jackson homers in first at-bat after missing full season’ – MLB.com

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