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CLEVELAND -- Indians starter Carlos Carrasco has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for hitting New York's Kevin Youkilis with a pitch.

Carrasco had just finished serving a five-game suspension for a 2011 incident when he drilled Youkilis in the fourth inning of the Yankees' 14-1 win on Tuesday, one pitch after giving up a two-run homer to Robinson Cano. Carrasco was apologetic following the game and said he didn't throw intentionally at Youkilis but slipped before hitting him in the left shoulder.

Carrasco was ejected from his first appearance since August 2011.The right-hander was suspended two years ago for throwing at Kansas City's Billy Butler and missed last season following elbow surgery.

Cleveland optioned Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday.

TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer