Cleveland righthander Corey Kluber, the reigning Cy Young winner, had to be scratched from his start Friday because of a strained right hamstring. He’s expected to miss a week, and its not clear if he will pitch again this season. Cleveland had a small chance of making wild card run before the injury.
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Detroit returned home this weekend after a rough road trip to Toronto and Kansas City during which the Tigers gave up 61 runs over six games, including 15 in a game — twice. It was the most any team has given up over a six-game road trip since the Cubs in 2010.
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Kansas City’s Johnny Cueto is one of the more entertaining pitchers in the game because of his Luis Tiant-like hip turn. But if he’s not mechanically sound he can be a mess. And the Royals entered the weekend with Cueto having a 8.47 ERA over his previous three outings.
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The Twins got a glimpse of the future last week when Chicago started outfielder prospect Trayce Thompson in Wednesday’s game. The White Sox are being careful with Thompson, playing him mostly against lefthanders. He entered the weekend batting .405.