MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Carlos Carrasco struck out 10 while taking a shutout into the eighth inning, winning his fourth straight start since returning from the disabled list to carry the Cleveland Indians to a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.
Brad Hand recorded the last five outs for his second save with the Indians, who stretched their lead over the Twins in the AL Central to 10 games and improved to 32-15 in intra-division games this season.
Carrasco (13-5), who missed three weeks with a bruised elbow before his reinstatement on July 6, has 63 strikeouts in his last eight starts. This was his fourth turn with double-digit strikeouts, and he won his fifth straight decision. Carrasco picked up a victory with one inning of relief on July 15, right before the All-Star break.
The Indians, who won a series against the Twins for the first time in four tries this year, have allowed only 13 runs over their last six games. Their ERA against AL Central teams is 2.70 this season, the best intra-division mark in MLB. The Indians also led the major leagues in July in runs, steals and batting average.
Jorge Polanco, who had two of Minnesota’s five hits, singled in the fourth after Carrasco retired the first 11 batters. Joe Mauer hit his first triple of the year after an eight-pitch, two-out at-bat in the sixth, but Carrasco struck out the side.
Adalberto Mejia gave the Twins five scoreless innings to start with only one hit allowed, but reliever Matt Magill allowed a run in the sixth when Rajai Davis came home during catcher Mitch Garver’s throw to second base to catch Jose Ramirez stealing. Davis, who was not credited with a stolen base, started the rally with a single.
Magill pitched for the third time in five days, after only one appearance in the previous 17 days. Over the last six days, the Twins have traded relievers Zach Duke and Ryan Pressly and starter Lance Lynn, whose departure created a permanent place for Mejia in the rotation instead of being in the bullpen.
Yan Gomes added to Cleveland’s lead with an RBI single in the ninth against Twins closer Fernando Rodney, a rally aided by an error on the shortstop Polanco.
IOWA CITY — The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association’s All-Star Series starts today in Iowa City, with a handful of local players participating. The “Large Schools West” squad has Mason City High’s Troy Rood serving as the head coach with Brian Niesen of MCHS serving as an assistant coach. Two Mohawk players have also been selected to play: Jake Rood as an infielder and Bryce Butler is listed as a utility player. On the “Small Schools East” team, Newman pitcher Caden Kratz is on the roster, while St. Ansgar’s Devin Schwiesow is serving as an assistant coach. The four all-star teams will face each other in a round-robin format on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the top two teams playing a championship game on Sunday. All games are being played at Duane Banks Field on the University of Iowa campus.
IOWA CITY — The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association has also released their Academic All-State teams. Andrew Morse of Newman was named to the first team, while Newman’s Jace Leininger and Mason City’s Jake Rood were named to the second team. First-team members will be honored at the All-Star Banquet on Saturday in Iowa City.
AMES — The Iowa State University Athletic Department announced Wednesday it has sold the naming rights to the football field at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames to MidAmerican Energy.
The stadium itself will continue to be called Jack Trice Stadium in honor of the first African-American student-athlete in Cyclone history. Trice died in 1923 from injuries suffered in a football game at Minnesota.
The utility company will pay up to $1.5 million each year for 10 years to have its name on the field. The school says partnership between the ISU Athletic Department and MidAmerican Energy Company will include support of the new Student Performance Center that was approved by the Board of Regents in April of this year.
Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2019 on the new state-of-the-art center that will be located northwest of the Jack Trice Stadium. The Student Performance Center will include construction of a new student-athlete academic and sports nutrition center, expansion of the Bergstrom Football Complex and redeveloping the north entrance and hillside seating at Jack Trice Stadium. The complex will be adjacent to the Bergstrom Football Complex.
A grand plaza/stadium entrance will be built in the area currently occupied by the Olsen Building. MidAmerican Energy Field will be used for the first time when the Cyclones host South Dakota State on September 1st.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For the WNBA’s current dynasty, an uncharacteristic amount of early season losses raised questions about whether the league had outlasted an aging team. The Minnesota Lynx weren’t wondering. They never lost their swagger, even if a 3-6 start suggested it was gone. After winning their last three games before the All-Star break, the Lynx are back on their playoff track with nine games to go in the regular season.