Carlos Carrasco is on fire for the Indians

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Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco came one out short of his first career shutout on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, firing 8 2/3 scoreless innings against the visiting White Sox. He was lifted at 103 pitches after allowing a two-out single to Jose Abreu in the top of the ninth inning. Cody Allen was called on to get the save in a 2-0 victory for the home team.

Carrasco yielded just four hits and struck out eight Chicago batters without issuing a walk. He’s been ace-like since returning to the Indians’ rotation on August 5, boasting a 0.70 ERA and 42/4 K/BB ratio spanning five starts and 38 2/3 innings. This run of dominance actually dates back to late April, when he was moved to the bullpen and began to shine.

“Pitching out of stretch. Cutting down pregame program. Really has taken relief mentality to starting,” is how MLB.com Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian described Carrasco’s emergence on Sunday.

Carrasco had a spot on Baseball America‘s Top 100 Prospects rankings in his age 20, 21, and 22 seasons, and he was a major piece of the package that the Phillies gave to the Indians for Cliff Lee in July 2009.

Now the Venezuelan is blossoming at age 27 for an Indians team that has won three straight games and might still have time to sneak into the playoffs. They’re five games back of the Royals in the American League Central and 3 1/2 games back of the Mariners for the second American League Wild Card spot.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”