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TEX@CLE: Bauer allows three runs over 7 2/3 innings

The Indians will travel to the Bronx to begin a weekend series at Yankee Stadium behind emerging rookie right-hander Trevor Bauer on Friday.

The Yankees announced on Thursday afternoon that Esmil Rogers would replace David Phelps, who is on the disabled list with an inflamed right elbow. Manager Joe Girardi had waited to see how Thursday's finale vs. the Tigers went before making a decision on his starter for Friday's opener.

Rogers has made two appearances for the Yankees since being claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays, allowing one hit and no runs in four innings.

Bauer, meanwhile, will look to build on a strong stretch that began a month ago Friday against the Yankees, when he allowed two earned runs over seven innings of a win. Since July 8, five of Bauer's six outings have been quality starts, with a five-run, 4 1/3-inning effort against Seattle on July 29 the only outlier.

Sunday against Texas was a breakthrough of sorts for Bauer, who was once considered one of the top young arms in the Minor Leagues, but he has since lost some of his stock. He lasted 7 1/3 innings -- a career high in 24 Major League starts -- and gave up three runs on six hits. The Rangers did draw four walks, but Bauer settled down after a shaky first two innings.

"It's just a matter of me getting comfortable," Bauer said afterward. "Once I get comfortable and settle in, I can really up the intensity. I've tried to throw as hard as I can from pitch one, and I spray balls everywhere still. It's something I've been trying to address for six, seven, eight years. It's one of the ones I haven't been able to figure out yet."

This will be the first meeting between the teams since splitting a four-game set in Cleveland last month. Since then, the Yankees are 14-9, while the Indians have hovered around .500.

Indians: Carrasco to start Sunday
Carlos Carrasco has resided in the Indians' bullpen for the bulk of this season, but the right-hander still views himself as a starter in the long run. Come Sunday, Carrasco will get another chance to step in as a member of the rotation.

"Today, they told me I'm going to start," Carrasco said prior to Thursday's game against the Reds. "So, they gave me another opportunity to do it."

Manager Terry Francona said that a variety of factors led to the decision to send Carrasco, who has a 3.88 ERA in 30 games (four starts), to the mound to start on the road Sunday against the Yankees. Two were that the righty logged 59 pitches in his most recent relief outing on Tuesday and the Indians have a scheduled off-day on Monday.

If Carrasco struggles or begins to fight fatigue, Francona should be able to have plenty of bullpen arms -- including former starter Josh Tomlin -- ready to pick up the slack.

Yankees: Headley at first with Teixeira's injury
Mark Teixeira sustained a lacerated left pinkie -- an injury that required three stitches -- on a play at the plate on Wednesday, and as a result he was unavailable for the series finale against the Tigers on Thursday. Girardi said the first baseman is day to day.

In the meantime, recently acquired third baseman Chase Headley is taking over at first. He entered Thursday having played just 13 innings at the position.

"He's used to taking ground balls," Girardi said. "It's something that he does. Whether you look at [Martin] Prado or you look at Headley, neither one of them has a ton of experience over there. But when I talked to both of them, I gave Chase a little bit more of a heads-up than Martin. So, I thought I'd keep it that way."

Headley, who has played mostly third base since the Yankees acquired him last month, won a National League Gold Glove Award at the hot corner for the Padres in 2012.

Worth noting
• This series will be a battle of two third-place teams, though both the Yankees and the Indians are within striking distance of first in their respective divisions, as well as the second American League Wild Card spot.

• Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka took another step forward in his rehab on Thursday, throwing from 60 and 90 feet. He will continue his throwing program in Baltimore next week.

• Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring injury) resumed his rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on Thursday. Bourn started in center field and hit leadoff, playing seven innings and going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Comments