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Indians Catch a Spark in Detroit, Take First Two against Tigers

 

 

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Could it be that the cure that the Indians were searching for was sitting just 3 hours away all along? It must be so as why else would a team that went just 5-24 in the month of August come out guns blazing in Detroit and knock the Tigers out of first place in the AL Central division? The Tribe have done just that though, and did so behind two great starts from Justin Masterson and rookie Cory Kluber, who earned his first win on Monday night pitching the Tribe to a 3-2 victory. Asdrubal Cabrera also snapped out of his recent funk on Monday and earned 2 RBIs after having to sit two straight games over the weekend due to a sore wrist. On Tuesday, the Indians rode a brilliant performance by Masterson and once again their bullpen stopped Detroit from rallying to hold on to another 3-2 victory. The win ensures Cleveland their first series victory since taking two out of three from the Tigers between July 24-26, and it will ensure their first road series win since defeating Baltimore in a four-game series between June 28 and July 1.

The Indians are now 58-78 on the year and sit 16 games behind the Chicago White Sox in the Central division. They haven’t been officially eliminated from the playoffs, but it would take several miracles for them to have any chance to make the postseason this year. They do, however, have the opportunity to play the spoiler for someone as five of their final nine series of the season are against teams that are vying to make the playoffs in the American League. The Indians have owned Detroit this season, going 9-5 against the Tigers thus far and will look to sweep the three game road series on Wednesday evening as Ubaldo Jimenez faces off against Doug Fister. The team will head to Minneapolis following a day off on Thursday and will look to put some distance between themselves and the last place Minnesota Twins in a four-game series before heading down to Texas to take on the Rangers next week.

 

 

By Robert Gonzalez
Cleveland Indians Correspondent

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