Guardians go for sweep of struggling Rangers

Veteran right-hander Carlos Carrasco will take the mound Wednesday night as the American League Central-leading Cleveland Guardians go for a three-game series sweep of the reigning World Series champion Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. The 37-year-old Carrasco (2-3, 5.36 ERA),...

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Veteran right-hander Carlos Carrasco will take the mound Wednesday night as the American League Central-leading Cleveland Guardians go for a three-game series sweep of the reigning World Series champion Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. The 37-year-old Carrasco (2-3, 5.36 ERA), who earned the fifth starting spot for the Guardians in spring training after signing a minor league contract on Feb.

1, has allowed just four earned runs over a combined 13 innings in his past two starts. That has garnered him the praise of manager Stephen Vogt. "The last few times out he's been outstanding," Vogt said.



"It just seems like he's continuing to get better and better. We're really, really encouraged by Cookie." Carrasco is 4-3 with a 5.

63 ERA in 11 career games (nine starts) against Texas. He comes in off a 6-3 loss to the White Sox in Chicago on Thursday after allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits over seven innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five.

Some defensive lapses early in the game resulted in two unearned runs for the White Sox, who also got back-to-back solo home runs in the seventh inning from Korey Lee and Paul DeJong. That was more than enough offense for Chicago starter Garrett Crochet, who pitched six shutout innings while striking out a career-high 11 batters. "Cookie was unbelievably outstanding tonight," Vogt said afterward of Carrasco.

"Exactly what we needed, seven great innings. We didn't help ourselves early in the game, and his only mistakes cam.