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N&N: Carlos Carrasco makes first Spring start

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Morning news and notes for Monday, March 11, 2019

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Here’s to a great week!

Indians 16, Mariners 2

Box Score | Cleveland.com Recap

Carlos Carrasco made his first Spring Training start, going three innings and giving up two runs. The Tribe’s offense racked up 16 runs on 16 hits, with Oscar Mercado going 3-3 with a homer. Stay hot Oscar!

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In his first start of the spring, Carlos Carrasco felt strange seeing some familiar faces stepping into the batter’s box sporting Mariners uniforms.

In Cleveland’s 16-2 victory over Seattle at Peoria Stadium on Sunday afternoon, Carrasco allowed two runs on three hits, including two homers, and fanned four batters over three innings. Outside of the two fastballs that he left over the plate that resulted in the two long balls, Carrasco was pleased with his first outing.

“I’m pitching like I’d pitch in a [real game],” Carrasco said. “But I’m just looking for something with my mechanics, just trying to stay back a little bit longer. … The two homers, they were just a fastball right in the middle. But at least I got to work on something that I’m looking for.”

Robot umpires and Spring Training updates | Cleveland.com

Tito, shockingly, isn’t a big believer yet in robot umps. Also, some good news on Tyler Clippard’s injury (he’s feeling better).

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