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CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco smiled

when asked about his overpowering performance against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.It's easy to see why.Carrasco became the first Indians pitcher since at least 1908 to strike out 12 over five innings and Cleveland beat Toronto 7-2."I love to strike out people Alen Hanson Jersey ," he said. "Twelve strikeouts in five innings is good."Carrasco (1-1) struggled in his first start of the season, allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings against Minnesota. The right-hander bounced back and completed his 23rd double-figure strikeout game, holding the Blue Jays scoreless until the fifth.Freddy Galvis hit a one-out homer and Randal Grichuk had an RBI double with two away. With the tying run at the plate, Carrasco struck out Rowdy Tellez on his 90th and final pitch.Carrasco gave up six hits, walked one, hit a batter and had a baserunner in every inning."We could have let him go a little more, but he ended the inning on a good note and set it up for our bullpen," Indians manager Terry Francona said."It was his day," said Toronto outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, who struck out twice and singled against Carrasco. "Everybody knows he's one of the best pitchers in the league."Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield watched from a suite and got the crowd going with a pre-recorded "Let's Go Tribe" chant on the video board that was shown midway through the game. The fans later chanted Mayfield's name.Jake Bauers' two-run single with the bases loaded was the key hit in the third when Cleveland scored three times. Carlos Santana, Hanley Ramirez and Roberto Perez also drove in runs.Jose Ramirez had two hits and stole three bases. He came into the game batting .136.Thomas Pannone (0-2) allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings, though he also struck out six.The Indians have won three straight and are 4-1 on their opening homestand.Another big cheer went up when a fan ran onto the field and delayed the game in the seventh inning. The fan slowly jogged across the field and was approached by security guards near the left field line. The fan put on a move but fell to the ground and was escorted away.Toronto has been held to two runs or fewer in seven of 10 games this season, including all three in this series against Cleveland. Trevor Bauer pitched seven hitless innings Thursday and Shane Bieber allowed two runs in six innings Friday.Santana, whose ninth-inning home run gave Cleveland a 3-2 win Friday, had an RBI single in the first.Rookie shortstop Eric Stamets doubled leading off the third for his first major league hit. He was 0 for 16 to begin his career. Hanley Ramirez drew a bases-loaded walk and Bauers followed with a single.TRAINER'S ROOMBlue Jays: 1B Justin Smoak returned after being a late scratch from the lineup Thursday and Friday. He had a first-inning double in five at-bats.Indians: SS Francisco Lindor continues to do rehab work on his injuries (strained right calf/sprained left ankle). "He's getting a little friskier every day Edgar Martinez Jersey , which is good," Francona said. No specific date has been given for Lindor's return.K COUNTThe Blue Jays are 3-7 and have struck out 95 times this season."The positive side is we swung the bats a little bit better, but we're still striking out way too much," manager Charlie Montoyo said. "Our batters are frustrated, but our team is fine."UP NEXTBlue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman (0-1, 1.42 ERA) takes the mound in the four-game series finale. Indians RHP Mike Clevinger (0-0, 0.00 ERA) struck out a career-high 12 over seven innings in a no-decision against the Chicago White Sox on April 1. MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Kris Bryant made it abundantly clear — with his bat — that his balky left shoulder of last season is completely healed.Bryant had been one of the most impressive players in Chicago Cubs camp leading up to the first day position players needed to report this week. He put on a show in batting practice and looked smooth in the field while working out on the back fields.A good sign for the Cubs after the former NL MVP played only 102 games last year."The offseason was the time to ease into it, which I did," Bryant said. "Now, this is the time to go. There's no easing into it. I'm ready to go. Full steam ahead."A bounce-back by their star third baseman is what the Cubs hope can help them regain their standing as the top team in the NL Central after last season's disappointing end.The Cubs faltered down the stretch, losing a five-game lead to Milwaukee and ultimately Game 163 for the division title, and then fell in the wild-card game to Colorado.Having a healthy Bryant, who twice went on the disabled list after sustaining a bone bruise in his left shoulder while sliding headfirst into first base, might have made a difference."When you lose Kris Bryant for the majority of the season that's going to take a toll on our team Ryon Healy Jersey ," Cubs starter Jon Lester said. "And it did."Bryant won NL Rookie of the Year and MVP in back-to-back seasons and then finished seventh in MVP voting in his third season in 2017.Then his instincts got the best of him last year.The headfirst slide, something he said he doesn't like but did in the heat of the moment, came on May 19 while trying to leg out a hit. The injury led to him changing his swing to compensate for the pain, and a career low in games (102) and stats (.272, 13 home runs, 52 RBIs, .834 OPS).Before the injury, he had a batting average/on-base/slugging line of .311/.428/.595 in 38 games. He finished the rest of the year on a downslide with a slash line of .249/.339/.378."We didn't give it enough time to properly heal," Bryant said. "Kind of like when you sprain an ankle and you keep walking on it or you keep exercising on it. It's not going to heal the way it should. That's kind of what I was doing.""I'd take a week off and get back into things, swinging light and doing this and, for me, I really needed to just not do anything for like a month," he said. "And that's kind of what I did this offseason. I went home and I didn't do anything."When Bryant resumed his workouts, "sure, I felt a little sore http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , but it was good soreness," he said. "And then a month after that I was like, 'Wow, it's completely gone. I feel great. I'm going to start swinging.' And I did and everything just kind of took off from there."Bryant is confident he is back to his normal self and the signature one-handed finish that was too painful to use at times in 2018."Any time I take the baseball field, whether it's a spring training game or an actual game, I'm looking to do damage," he said. "That's kind of my mindset this year."It starts Saturday when the Cubs host the Brewers in their exhibition opener."Last year I was trying to battle through certain things and trying to alleviate what I was feeling," he said. "I've been a really dang good baseball player with that swing my whole life.""I was looking at me when I was 8 years old and I swung the same way, so I'm not going to change anything just because I had an injury last year. I'm over the injury. I've done everything I need to do to get over it, and I'm back to who I am," he said.

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