Indians decline options on closer Hand, 1B Santana for 2021
The Cleveland Indians have declined contract options on Brad Hand and first baseman Carlos Santana for next season, decisions that will initially cut $27 million from the team's payroll. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Indians have declined contract options on Brad Hand, first baseman Carlos Santana and outfielder Domingo Santana for next season, moves that cut $30.75 million from the team's projected 2021 payroll. Hand's option was worth $10 million, Carlos Santana's was for $17.5 million and Domingo Santana's $5 million for next season. The team pay buyouts of $1 million to Hand, $500,000 to Carlos Santana and $250,000 to Domingo Santana. Cleveland previewed the hand Hand decision on Thursday, when the club placed him on outright waivers, hoping another team might claim him so they Indians would avoid the buyout.
Indians' Carrasco wins first start since leukemia diagnosis
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco, top, delivers to Kansas City Royals' Whit Merrifield in the first inning in a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND Carlos Carrasco started again. Carrasco couldn't have imagined his journey when he took the mound on May 30, 2019, against the Chicago White Sox. Before Sunday's game, Indians manager Terry Francona appreciated the significance of Carrasco (1-0) starting again. Indians: Stay at home for three more games against the Chicago White Sox, with Aaron Civale starting for the Indians.
Boyd dominant, but Tigers lose to Mariners in extra innings
Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on July 28, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. Dylan Moore led off the 10th inning with a double against Jos Cisnero. Detroit starter Matthew Boyd held the Mariners to just two hits through six innings before Seattle broke through for its first run in the seventh. Millone allowed two runs and six hits while striking out five in five innings after opener Matt Wisler set down the Tigers in order in two innings. Mariners: Seattle opens a two-game series at Texas on Tuesday.
Tigers lose 8-1, fall 40 games below .500 mark
The Tigers lost their fifth in a row and fell 40 games below .500 - at 30-70, they've been held to one or fewer runs 22 times this season. Nola added an RBI double in the four-run seventh inning and Court matched him with a two-run, ground-rule double to make it 8-1. The Mariners moved reliever Connor Sadzeck (right elbow inflammation) to the 60-day injured list to make room on the roster. He is not throwing and will not return to right field until inflammation in his right elbow subsides. Mariners: Seattle will use an opener and then turn to LHP Tommy Milone (1-5, 4.45 ERA).