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Indians notebook: Terry Francona takes blame for overusing Cody Allen

CLEVELAND: Manager Terry Francona took the blame for Cody Allen giving up a two-run homer in the Indians’ 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals Monday night.

“I probably should take his earned runs from last night,” Francona said on Tuesday. “He’s pitched a lot lately. He was trying to reach back for something extra and lost his location.”

Allen pitched in eight of the Tribe’s past 11 games, giving up five runs in 5⅔ innings.

“I think I made a mistake last night,” Francona said. “We’re going to need him in leverage situations to put out fires.”

Allen has made 67 appearances, working 63 innings, more outings and innings than any other Indians reliever.

ATTENDANCE TALK, AGAIN — Francona was asked if players have difficulty getting psyched for games when the ballpark is mostly empty.

“Everybody likes to play before a big crowd,” he said. “The fans were pretty energetic last night. There just weren’t a lot of people [9,700]. But they were having a ball.”

CARRASCO LEAVES CLUB — Carlos Carrasco has left the team to take care of a family matter. He will rejoin the Tribe in Chicago Thursday, when the club begins a six-game trip against the White Sox and Royals.

TRIVIA PURSUIT — Seven Tribe players have 10 or more home runs, which puts them behind only the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners, who each have eight.

The seven for the Indians: Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher, Asdrubal Cabrera, Ryan Raburn, Yan Gomes and Mark Reynolds, who no longer is with the team.

— Sheldon Ocker



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