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N&N: Carlos Carrasco shines while other MLB star pitchers dealing with injuries

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Morning news and notes for July 27, 2020

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s to a week with more good than bad!

Indians 9, Royals 2

LGT Recap | Box Score

Carlos Carrasco was excellent and our offense erupted for a big day. With the win, the Indians are now 2-1 on the season!

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423 days later, Cookie’s starting return stellar | Indians.com

From Mandy Bell:

Throughout Summer Camp, Carrasco struggled with his velocity, averaging 88-90 mph on his fastball through his first two intrasquad outings — a faltering he attributed to early camp rust. But in his last tune-up before the regular season on Tuesday, his velocity crept back up towards the usual 94 mph territory, and that carried through to Sunday, as he averaged 93.9 mph on 25 fastballs. That uptick helped him log his 25th double-digit strikeout game, tying Trevor Bauer for the fifth most in franchise history.

“I thought he established his fastball early,” said Indians manager Terry Francona. “And then when he does that, off of that comes the offspeed, and it really gave them a hard time. That was really good to see.”

Indians starters, relievers play follow the leader with Shane Bieber | cleveland.com

The headline (from our man Hoynsie) was just as good as Bieber was Friday night.

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