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The last strike is the hardest: Carlos Carrasco falls short of no-hitter in Tribe win

Carlos Carrasco surrenders first hit one out short of a no-hitter

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Cleveland 8 - Tampa Bay 1

Carlos Carrasco loses no-hitter with two outs in ninth; Indians win 8-1 - Let's Go Tribe - Carrasco gave up his first hit of the game on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. He struck out 13 batters, a career high.

Carrasco's near no-no lifts Indians over Rays | - Carlos Carrasco needed just one more strike to complete the Indians' first no-hitter in more than three decades. The big right-hander unleashed a slider to Rays outfielder Joey Butler and gave up a single that averted history.

Carrasco ends up on the precipice of history | - Carrasco did not finish off his bid at history, but the big right-hander came as close as a pitcher can to a no-hitter in an overpowering 8-1 victory over the Rays on Wednesday.

Carlos Carrasco comes within one strike of no-hitter in Cleveland Indians' 8-1 victory over Rays | - Carlos Carrasco lost his bid for a no-hitter with two out in the ninth inning Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. Joey Butler ruined it with a clean single to right field.

Mickey Callaway says Cleveland Indians starters have stuff to be perfect | - Here's what Terry Francona, Mickey Callaway, Kevin Cash, Carlos Carrasco and Roberto Perez have to say about Wednesday night's win over Tampa Bay.

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Tribe pitchers enjoying unprecedented success | - For the third consecutive night, an Indians pitcher entered the sixth inning with a perfect game.

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Winning and Losing the Strike Zone Game: Midseason Update | FanGraphs Baseball - To review the concept: you know different teams get to pitch to different strike zones. It’s not anywhere in the rule book, but it’s an accepted part of the game today, due to pitch-framing catchers and pitchers who might have sufficiently good command to work beyond the borders.

'Major League' book brings back the joy and fun of being Indians fans | - "I'd ... pop the movie into the VCR, and immerse myself in a delicious alternate reality in which baseball was hilarious and the Cleveland Indians were champions," he writes in the preface to his new book, The Making of Major League.

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Fan tries to drink beer with foul ball in it, fails, tries to take ball out, fails again | - What the headline says.

Orioles DFA Delmon Young, exploring trade | HardballTalk - Young was batting just .270/.289/.339 with two home runs in 180 plate appearances this season for the Orioles. The 29-year-old hit .302/.337/.442 with seven home runs in 255 plate appearances last season.

Twins calling up top prospect Miguel Sano for MLB debut | HardballTalk - One of the best hitting prospects in baseball.

Ervin Santana ready to join Twins after 80-game suspension | HardballTalk - Santana has been "rehabbing" in the minors.