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CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco dusted himself off Brandon Crawford Jersey , climbed back on the mound and smiled after dealing with another scary moment against the Minnesota Twins.Carrasco struck out 11 and withstood taking a liner off his glove in pitching the Cleveland Indians past the Twins 8-1 on Tuesday night.“I’m glad nothing happened,” he said. “Everything’s fine. It’s part of the game.”Francisco Lindor matched a career high with four hits while Jose Ramirez drove in three runs for the AL Central leaders.Carrasco (16-7) allowed four hits in 7 2/3 innings. He is tied for second in the majors in wins, one behind Luis Severino of the Yankees.In the fifth, Carrasco was hit in the glove by Ehire Adrianza’s liner. The force of the blow knocked Carrasco to the ground, but the right-hander immediately got to his feet. The ball rolled toward second baseman Jason Kipnis, who had no play at first.Indians manager Terry Francona and a team trainer went to the mound, and Carrasco signaled he wasn’t injured. The pitcher smiled as the trainer wiped dirt off his left hand and wrist with a towel.Francona admitted he was concerned when he headed on the field.“It didn’t sound good,” he said. “I was so relieved when it was his glove. He turned around and told us right away that it hit his glove, but I had my momentum going that direction so I kept going just to check on him.”On June 16 at Progressive Field, Carrasco was struck on the right elbow by a line drive from Twins star Joe Mauer. Carrasco sustained a bruise and missed three weeks — he is 8-2 in 11 starts since returning July 6.Carrasco admitted his mind flashed back to what occurred over two months ago.“That was when I thought about the last time I was facing those guys,” he said. “I was thinking about that. That’s why I started laughing.”Kyle Gibson (7-11) allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings. Jake Cave hit a solo homer in the ninth.Ramirez had a sacrifice fly in the third and a two-run double in the sixth, driving in his first run since Aug. 17. Lindor and Ramirez were a combined 9 for 58 on Cleveland’s seven-game road trip.“You know they’re going to hit, but it’s still nice to see,” Francona said. “Frankie stayed in the middle of the field. Josey hit one ball good, another ball he got a hit because he beat it out.”Edwin Encarnacion and Greg Allen each drove in two runs for the Indians, who have dominated the AL Central but are 9-8 against the Twins. Cleveland is 31-11 against the rest of the division and leads second-place Minnesota by 14 games.“The game looks flat when you’re not swinging the bats well and are striking out,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “We didn’t get much going. They were better tonight.”STILL THROWINGIndians RHP Trevor Bauer (stress fracture in right leg) threw off the mound and played catch up to 320 feet without a walking boot. He is still frustrated that his potential AL Cy Young Award season was derailed when he was struck on the leg by a line drive on Aug. 11.“I’m just sitting here and all of my personal season goals are slowly drifting away because I took a line drive off the ankle http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authenti...don-belt-jersey ,” he said.Francona hopes Bauer will make two or three appearances for the Indians before the regular season ends, but no timeline for his return has been established.SEASON OVERTwins RHP Michael Pineda (right knee) and LHP Adalberto Mejia (left wrist) will miss the remainder of the season. Pineda had Tommy John surgery in July of last year and was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester. He has a slight meniscus tear that could require surgery. Mejia is experiencing nerve problems in his strained wrist.COOPERSTOWN CALLINGThe cap worn by Twins RHP Oliver Drake on Tuesday will be sent to the baseball Hall of Fame, which requested a souvenir from his major league record fifth team of the season. He pitched for the Brewers, Indians, Angels and Blue Jays before being claimed by Minnesota off waivers on Aug. 3. Drake struck out the side in the seventh.TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: SS Jorge Polanco was not in the lineup after experiencing leg cramps Sunday.UP NEXTTwins RHP Kohl Stewart (0-1, 6.94 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Adam Plutko (4-4, 5.09 ERA) in the second game of the series. The 2018 MLB playoffs roll on into Friday, with four games on the slate to keep baseball fanatics glued to their screens throughout the day.The National League Division Series opened Thursday, with the Milwaukee Brewers toppling the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Mike Moustakas' walk-off single in the 10th. The Los Angeles Dodgers, meanwhile, slugged their way to a6-0win over the Atlanta Braves.The American League Division Series gets going Friday, when the Cleveland Indians host the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox welcome their longtime rival New York Yankees.Friday Playoff ScheduleIndians (+130) at Astros (-140), 2:05 p.m. ET on TBSRockies (+141) at Brewers (-151), 4:15 p.m. ET on FS1Yankees (+165) at Red Sox (-180), 7:32 p.m. ET on TBSBraves (+195) at Dodgers (-238), 9:37 p.m. ET on FS1Odds according toOddsShark.Cleveland Indians at Houston AstrosPatrick McDermott/Getty ImagesYes, the Houston Astros are defending champions. And yes Jeff Samardzija Jersey , they paced the entire league with a plus-263 run differential. But don't let that fool you into thinking Houston will automatically steamroll the Cleveland Indians.The Indians aren't perfect, but they are trending the right direction. The midseason move to acquire Brad Hand and Adam Cimber shored up a bullpen that encountered some uncharacteristic rough patches, and the lineup has a former MVP as a wild card in August acquisition Josh Donaldson.None of this will scare the Astros, who are both seasoned and statistically dominant. They finished fifth in the AL in runs scored and OPS, first in ERA (by a mile) and first in OBP against (.282, the AL'sonly sub-.300 mark).Game 1 starters Corey Kluber and Justin Verlander might both rank among the five best pitchers in baseball, so there's not much of an advantage either way. Most hitting categories favor Cleveland, but the difference is minimal鈥?1 more runs, 11 more home runs and four extra batting average points.When it's this close to call, it might be safest to lean toward the home team, especially when said ballclub was the last to claim the crown.Prediction:Astros 3, Indians 2Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee BrewersDylan Buell/Getty ImagesWhile the Brewers and Rockies combined for five runs in 10 innings to start the series, a repeat performance feels unlikely. Given the collective firepower between them, there is plenty of potential for a noisier Game 2.Colorado starter Tyler Anderson had a losing record (7-9) and a forgettable ERA (4.55) in the regular season. That said, he had some of his best starts down the stretch. In five September outings, he pitched to a strong 3.25 ERA with more than three times as many strikeouts (24 in 27.2 innings) as walks (seven).Milwaukee counters with Jhoulys Chacin, who steered them through Monday's NL Central tiebreaker with 5.2 innings of one-hit http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authenti...ny-cueto-jersey , one-run ball. On the season, he sported a strong 15-8 record with a solid 3.50 ERA, the second-lowest in the rotation and his best mark since 2013 (minimum five starts).The pitchers seem unlikely to be the focal point of this contest, though. The Brewers and Rockies respectively finished second and third in home runs in the NL, and each roster includes a legitimate MVP candidate鈥擟hristian Yelich and Nolan Arenado, who both drove in 110 runs, scored 100-plus runs and clubbed at least 36 homers.The Brewers should be riding high after Thursday's thrilling victory, and when that energy is combined with a raucous home crowd, that sounds like the formula for a 2-0 series lead.Prediction:Brewers 8, Rockies 5 New York Yankees at Boston Red SoxFrank Franklin II/Associated PressConsidering the rich history of this rivalry, this matchup feels like a gift from the baseball gods. The stat sheet, though, tells a different story.The New York Yankees are really good鈥攖hey were one of only three teams to crack triple digits in wins. But the Boston Red Sox might be historically great.Boston's 108 wins were the most recorded since 2001. Its hitters were the AL's best in runs, hits, doubles, RBI, batting average and slugging percentage. Its pitching staff ranked third in ERA and strikeouts. Its defense tied for fourth in fielding percentage. Its baserunners were third in steals.The Red Sox have the AL MVP favorite鈥攁nd it's not J.D. Martinez Mark Melancon Jersey , who blasted 43 homers and drove in 130 runs. Rather, it's batting champ Mookie Betts, who hit .346, homered 32 times, scored 129 runs and stole 30 bases.The Game 1 matchup of Chris Sale and J.A. Happ feels like another lopsided advantage for the home team, provided the former can overcome a troubling bout of shoulder inflammation. Sale made just five starts after July and didn't go longer than five innings in any of them. His typically electric stuff has also suffered from a steepdrop in velocity.If Sale isn't all the way right, the Yankees have the power to jump all over him. They not only led the majors with 267 home runs, but they also paced the category by 32 dingers (a bigger gap than the one between Nos. 2 and 11).But it's hard to bet against this Boston team.Prediction:Red Sox 6, Yankees 3 Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles DodgersLachlan Cunningham/Getty ImagesHaving Clayton Kershaw pitch Game 2 speaks to the Dodgers' absurd depth in the rotation. L.A. had six different starters win at least seven games and post winning records, four of whom had ERAs of 3.02 or lower.Kershaw might not have beenKERSHAW!this season, but the three-time Cy Young winner and former MVP remains plenty filthy. This was his 10th straight campaign with a sub-3.00 ERA, and he tallied 155 strikeouts against only 29 walks.Atlanta has handed the starting duties to Anibal Sanchez, who was among this season's most pleasant surprises. Unceremoniously dumped by the Minnesota Twins in March, he went on to give the Braves a 2.83 ERA over 136.2 innings.Sanchez will need to be razor-sharp, though, as the Dodgers were the NL leaders in runs and home runs. They canmash, as they did with three long balls Thursday.The Braves' rise feels a tad ahead of schedule http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authenti...-sanders-jersey , though that's what can happen when sub-25-year-olds like Ronald Acuna Jr. (26 homers, 16 steals), Ozzie Albies (24 homers, 14 steals) and Johan Camargo (19 homers, 76 RBI) simultaneously enjoy a rapid rise. Tack on the likes of Freddie Freeman (23 homers, 98 RBI), Nick Markakis (93 RBI) and Ender Inciarte (28 steals), and Atlanta isn't short on offensive weaponry.The question is whether that will matter with Kershaw on the mound. He was relatively hittable late in the season (3.89 ERA in September), although his track record suggests he can catch fire at any minute.If you were asked for a preseason prediction about a Kershaw-Sanchez playoff matchup, you would have dismissed the question with uproarious laughter. The gap between them might not be comical anymore, but it's wide enough for us to predict a Friday sweep for the home teams.Prediction:Dodgers 5, Braves 1Statistics used courtesy ofMLB.comandESPN.com.鈥

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