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  • 10 April 2019
    CLEVELAND -- The infamous midges have returned to Progressive Field.Players from the?Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians?brushed away the bugs during a game Wednesday night, with Cleveland pitcher?Carlos Carrasco becoming the primary victim, before he allowed Colby Rasmus two-run homer in the fourth.Carrasco appeared to get one of the pesky bugs in his eye on his first pitch to Yulieski Gurriel. A trainer made a brief visit to the mound to assist Carrasco, who gave up a single on the next pitch.That was weird, he said. I tried to throw a curveball and maybe threw it 20 feet.Rasmus, the following batter, hit the first pitch into the right-field seats, giving Houston a 3-2 lead.Carrasco, however, didnt let the bugs get in the way of winning the game, as the Indians defeated the Astros 6-5.It doesnt feel good, Carrasco (11-7) said of the bug attack. Thats the first time this has happened to me, but I had to come back and get people out.The game-time temperature was 87 degrees, causing swarms of midges to journey from Lake Erie to the muggy ballpark.Players in the field and batters box spent the night slapping away the bugs.They were everywhere, Indians manager Terry Francona said. In the dugout, its hard to sense it, but when you get on the field, man, they were all over the place.The scene brought back memories of the 2007 playoff games between the Indians and New York Yankees. The bugs distracted Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain, who stepped off the mound several times and caused numerous delays.Chamberlain, who pitched for Cleveland earlier this season, took to Twitter during Wednesdays game to share some hard-earned words of wisdom:Carrasco, in turn, tweeted at the former Yankees reliever after the game in solidarity over their shared run-in with the midges:Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Royce Freeman Jersey . LOUIS -- Attorneys for the St. Joe Flacco Jersey .Y. -- Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo had little trouble picking up his first shutout of the season against a Buffalo Sabres team thats having trouble scoring goals. . - The Oakland Raiders re-signed offensive lineman Khalif Barnes on Friday. Brian Dawkins Jersey . The Dutchmans tenure got off to a poor start when referee Guido Winkmann awarded a penalty within two minutes for Niklas Starks clumsy challenge on Alexandru Maxim. Bradley Chubb Jersey . Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored shootout goals, and backup goalie Cam Talbot earned his second win in two nights as the Rangers shook off a late tying tally and beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 Monday night. BEIJING -- What stood out the most during the NBAs Global Games in Shanghai and Beijing, featuring the?Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans?Here are our five best moments from the leagues latest China tour:1. Shanghai fans loving?James HardenAbout five minutes into the third quarter on Sunday night, Harden walked to the free throw line while Shanghai fans chanted M-V-P! Harden -- who was voted MVP by his fellow players after the 2014-15 season -- enjoyed his popularity in China.2. A crazy (and lucrative) shotAn extremely lucky fan made a half-court shot during halftime at the Shanghai game and took home one million Chinese dollars (one American dollar is equal to about 6.72 Chinese yuan).3. Full NBA League Pass debuts in ChinaThe NBA announced several business deals in China, including the introduction of a full NBA League Pass in partnership with Tencent (a digital company with which ESPN also partners).League Pass will launch in China this season. This will be the first time fans in China will have access to watch every NBA game, including the regular season, playoffs, All-Star festivities and summer league.4. Fans encourage?Anthony DavissHarden got those MVP chants in Shanghai, but Anthony Davis also received some warm signs of affection from fans.dddddddddddd He sprained his right ankle in first quarter of the Beijing game on Wednesday. Beijing fans chanted take care and get better to support Davis, even after he left for the locker room.5. NBA legends and celebrities excite fansDemonstrating the continuing influence the NBA has on the China market, there were plenty of big names at the games, including former NBA players Kiki Vandeweghe, Dikembe Mutombo, Gary Payton, A.C. Green and?Kenny Smith, WNBA star Breanna Stewart and former WNBA player Zheng Haixia, Olympic gold-medalist hurdler Liu Xiang and local Chinese sports legends?Yao Ming?and?Mengke Bateer.But the real spotlight was on former NBA All-Star, three-time Chinese Basketball Association champion and Beijing hoops hero?Stephon Marbury. NBA commissioner Adam Silver, deputy commissioner Mark Tatum and NBA China CEO David Shoemaker paid tribute to the star guard at the second preseason game. ' ' '