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NYY@TEX: Kuroda throws seven frames of three-run ball

Twelve pitchers have started a game this season for the Yankees, the club's highest total since 2008, when they used 13.

The only member of the Yankees' Opening Day rotation who's still healthy is Sunday's starter, Hiroki Kuroda, who will try to lead the Yankees to a series win over the Indians in the Bronx.

New York is hoping Kuroda does not have to carry that distinction for long, now that right-hander Michael Pineda seems poised to rejoin the team as early as next week.

Kuroda held the Tigers to three runs on six hits in seven innings during his last start, nearly outdueling David Price in the left-hander's first start with his new team, but Kuroda ended up not factoring in the decision.

Kuroda is 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA in three career starts against Cleveland.

Carlos Carrasco will be getting another opportunity to start for the Indians. The right-hander began the season in Cleveland's rotation, but he went 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA in four starts before being relegated to relief work.

Since then, Carrasco has turned in a 2.30 ERA to go along with a .217 opponents' average, 39 strikeouts and nine walks through 43 innings out of the bullpen.

"I just think he's in a good position to go ahead and do this," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "You try to combine letting him get in there, still winning and not burning the bullpen. I think we're probably in a situation where we can hopefully accomplish all of them."

Indians: Bourn's health, not results, most important
Through Michael Bourn's first three games with Double-A Akron, his left hamstring was feeling much better. Even though he was 0-for-10 at the plate in those games, the Indians are feeling encouraged about his progress.

"The early stage, I don't care about the hitting," Francona said on Saturday. "We want him to see pitches. To be honest with you, if he goes 8-for-10, that's not going to matter a week from now with us. There's a progression of him seeing pitches and getting comfortable.

"When he gets to us, he might be 1-for-20, but if that last couple at-bats he feels good? Good."

Bourn has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 6. He is scheduled to play with Akron again on Sunday before moving his rehab to Triple-A on Monday, when he will play a couple of games before potentially being activated.

Yankees: McCann placed on DL
Catcher Brian McCann was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list on Saturday, one day after being struck in the mask by a foul ball.

McCann was diagnosed with a mild concussion, and the Yankees decided to place him on the DL after he visited a neurologist.

"It's not what you want, but it's what we felt was necessary to do to protect him and to make sure that he was going to be OK," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Francisco Cervelli figures to be McCann's primary replacement, but the Yankees also recalled Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for catching depth.

Worth noting
• Derek Jeter took over sole possession of sixth place on Major League Baseball's all-time hits list with a sixth-inning single -- his 3,431st career hit -- during Saturday's 3-0 loss.

Jeter also owns the most hits all time for any player at his position.

• The Indians snapped a seven-game losing streak in the Bronx on Saturday, winning there for the first time since 2011.

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