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Indians turning to Shaun Marcum for a spot start

The Tribe looks for consistency at the back end of their rotation . . .

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A mistake-filled game, Carrasco going the distance, Shaun Marcum's spot start, Kluber gif's, and much more . . .

Rangers 5, Indians 1

A sloppy game from the Tribe, which is a shame because the Rangers were ripe for the picking.  Carlos Carrasco wasn't horrible on the mound, striking out nine while pitching a complete game, but did give up five runs.  At least the highlights of his strikeouts are fun to watch.  LGT's Andrew Kinsman's recap focuses on mistakes the Indians made in the series finale.

Tribe News

Carrasco did give the Tribe's bullpen a much needed break.  Christian Corona points out that Carrasco threw a career-high 114 pitches, 77 for strikes.'s Paul Hoynes notes just how solid Carrasco has been this year against lefties.

With Bruce Chen DFA'd, the Indians are turning to Shaun Marcum for a start.  Corona details the plans for Marcum's spot start on Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox. Marcum will be making his first big league start since July 6, 2013.

"We had a need for a starter," Francona said. "[Marcum] throws strikes. He's hard to run on. He doesn't beat himself. He's a really good athlete. He fields his position. He's not going to break the radar gun but he competes. We're excited about this."

More good news on Yan Gomes, as he'll be moving up to Triple-A Columbus to continue his rehab.  The Clippers also are scheduled to have TJ House start Wednesday evening.

Corey Kluber is far from broken, notes Michael Bradburn in his gif-filled article. It's a good way to spend a few minutes smiling.

Around the League

The Miami Marlins fired manager Mike Redmond just minutes after watching his team get nearly no-hit.  Mark Townsend details the early season disappointments for the Marlins, who are just 16-22 on the year. It seems Jeff Conine is the favorite to be named the new manager.  It does make me smile a bit to see that Miami is still paying Ozzie Guillen, the long ago fired Marlins manager.

Speaking of that Marlins-Braves game, Shelby Miller was the pitcher flirting with the no-hitter.  Miller came within one out of history, and Kris Willis notes that Miller's recent performances show why the Braves traded for him.