Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday the club will open its American League Division Series in Houston on Friday with reigning Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber on the mound.
Francona said Carlos Carrasco is set for Game 2.
Both right-handers were among the top 10 in the AL in earned-run average, victories and strikeouts.
Kluber (20-7) was 1-0 with 17 strikeouts and two runs given up in two starts against Houston. Carrasco (17-10) was 1-1 and gave up three home runs in two starts against the Astros.
Outfielder Charlie Blackmon hit for the cycle in the Colorado Rockies’ 12-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. It was the ninth cycle in the team’s 26-year history and the first for Blackmon. ... Yoenis Cespedes is scheduled for surgery on his left heel surgery Oct. 23 but the New York Mets slugger says he can’t predict how much he’ll be able to play next season. Cespedes had surgery Aug. 2 to remove bone calcification in his right heel. ... Clint Hurdle picked up his 1,200th victory as a manager in the major leagues when the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-5. ... The Reds (67-95) had at least 90 losses for the fourth consecutive season. ... Ned Yost will return as manager of the Kansas City Royals next season despite a 58-104 record and last place in the American League Central. The Royals record for losses is 106, set in 2005.