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Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco Chris Sale Jersey , of the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros on Saturday, will start the Indians‘ final game of the regular season Sunday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.Carrasco isn’t expected to go more than 70 or 80 pitches, as manager Terry Francona wants to keep the 31-year-old right-hander fresh for his start in Houston.“We need to get Carlos ready,” Francona said.Article continues below ...Trevor Bauer will follow Carrasco to the mound. The Indians have yet to decide whether Bauer will be used as a starter or reliever in the postseason.Carrasco’s last appearance came as a reliever Sept. 25, a 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Carrasco in that game relieved Bauer in the fifth inning, as the two starters were getting limited work in preparation for the postseason.In that relief stint, Carrasco pitched four scoreless innings on one hit before giving up a walk, three consecutive singles and three runs in the ninth inning. In 4 1/3 innings overall, he allowed three runs and four hits, with eight strikeouts and four walks.“Carlos was very good until the ninth inning,” Francona said.Carrasco’s last win came Aug. 28. He is 0-3 with a 3.62 ERA in five appearances (four starts) since.His last start against Kansas City, his only outing against the Royals this year Steven Wright Jersey , came in his second start of the season, a 3-2 win on April 6. In that game, Carrasco pitching six innings, allowing two runs and five hits, with four strikeouts and one walk. In 23 career appearances (18 starts) against the Royals, Carrasco is 10-6 with a 3.55 ERA.The Indians go into Sunday’s game with a record of 90-71. It’s the third time in team history that they have had three consecutive seasons with 90 or more wins. The other two times were from 1999-2001, and from 1950-1955.The Indians’ starting lineup Sunday will probably be the one they use in Game 1 of the Division Series against Houston, which will include Jason Kipnis in center field.Kipnis was moved from second base to the outfield after the Indians traded for third baseman Josh Donaldson at the end of August.Donaldson’s arrival pushed Jose Ramirez from third to second base, and Kipnis from second to center field, where he’s played well offensively and defensively. Kipnis is hitting .275 as a center fielder after hitting .228 while at second base.“He looks more comfortable out there in center. He looks pretty good,” Francona said.The Royals (58-103) will conclude the season with left-hander Eric Skoglund on the mound. Skoglund (1-5, 5.40) will make his 13th start of the season. He missed three months with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.His last start was an abbreviated one. On Sept. 25 Tyler Thornburg Jersey , he got no decision in a 4-3 Royals win over the Cincinnati Reds. Skoglund pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings and giving up one hit but left the game after a long rain delay.Skoglund’s only win of the season came April 28. In nine appearances (eight starts) since then, he is 0-3 with a 4.98 ERA.His last start against Cleveland, on Aug. 27, 2017, was ugly. In 1 1/3 innings, he gave up seven runs and seven hits, with one strikeout and two walks.In two career appearances against the Indians, Skoglund is 0-2 with a 29.70 ERA, having given up 11 runs, 11 hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings. NEW YORK (AP) — Wearing red Santa’s helper hats, Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz got right to work for the New York Mets — as elves, handing out presents to school kids during the team’s holiday party at Citi Field.A day after the club added the star second baseman and ace closer , new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen offered a gift to all Mets fans, too.“We did not make this move to have it be our last move,” Van Wagenen vowed Tuesday.Chimed in Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon: “I think there’s a lot more that’s going to happen.”Still too early to tell if that means something major, such as a swing at free agent slugger Bryce Harper. That was the buzz on radio talk station WFAN, where the seven-player trade with Seattle drew strong, mixed reaction from Mets rooters.Van Wagenen, however, seemed to throw shade on the notion that pitcher Noah Syndergaard was going anywhere. Despite recent speculation the Mets might trade him, the GM said it would take “very special circumstances for us to even consider” swapping Syndergaard.Sporting the No. 24 he wore when he helped the Yankees take the 2009 World Series, Cano said he was pumped to play for the Mets.“Happy to be back in New York,” he said, later adding Roger Clemens Jersey , “win another ring, especially on this side of the city.”The 36-year-old Cano is halfway through a $240 million, 10-year contract — that deal was negotiated by Van Wagenen in his prior job as a player agent. The Mets are responsible for $100 million of the $120 million remaining.An eight-time All-Star, Cano served an 80-game suspension this season after a positive test for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used to mask performance-enhancing drugs. Cano said the substance was given to him by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic.Wilpon accepted Cano’s “good explanation” for the episode, saying, “I don’t think he’s a drug cheat.”As Cano’s former agent, Van Wagenen was privy to the details of the suspension, but didn’t share them. He pointed out that the penalty wasn’t for PEDs, and said Cano is “motivated more than most people realize.”Cano hit .303 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs in 80 games. He waived his no-trade clause to return to New York and is expected to stay at second base.Diaz led the majors with 57 saves last season. The 24-year-old will fill the void left when the Mets traded closer Jeurys Familia to Oakland last July.Diaz was diagnosed with a bone spur in his right elbow as a teen, but said the condition has never caused him any trouble.“I think for me, nothing ,” he said.The Mariners initially told the Mets that Diaz wasn’t available. But when the Mets heard he might be included in a trade to NL East rival Philadelphia, they accelerated their efforts.The Mets sent outfielder Jay Bruce, reliever Anthony Swarzak and three prospects — including former first-round draft picks Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic — to Seattle for Cano, Diaz and $20 million.“They gave everything for us,” Diaz said.Coming off a pair of sub-.500 seasons, the Mets realize they need to do a lot more. The Mets figure to have cash on hand, with insurance money coming for now-finished third baseman David Wright and big-hitting Yoenis Cespedes, whose return from double-heel surgery is uncertain.Van Wagenen said this trade was not the “end-all move” and the winter meetings starting this weekend in Las Vegas could prove him right.Brandon Nimmo said he already likes the direction the Mets are headed. The outfielder played Santa Claus at the party for 126 grade-school children from Queens, wearing batting gloves as he handed out presents.“We want to win now,” Nimmo said. “That’s the path we’re taking.”

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