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91-66, 1st in AL Cent
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Verlander, Cabrera shine as Tigers rout Indians (1:06)

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Justin Verlander is chewing up an Indians lineup of mostly reserve players, as Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli, Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall all got the night off. He has 11 K's with one out in the eighth, matching his season high.

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Cabrera smacks three-run homer (0:30)
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Martinez shows off the hops for leaping grab (0:20)

Lineup: Indians (91-65) at Tigers (83-73)

  • 1. Tyler Naquin, CF (L)
  • 2. Michael Martinez, 2B (S)
  • 3. Abraham Almonte, RF (S)
  • 4. Carlos Santana, DH (S)
  • 5. Brandon Guyer, LF (R)
  • 6. Jesus Aguilar, 1B (R)
  • 7. Chris Gimenez, 3B (R)
  • 8. Adam Moore, C (R)
  • 9. Erik Gonzalez, SS (R)
  • SP: Mike Clevinger, RHP
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Which Indians have mastered spin rate?

Spin rate is a relatively new factor of pitching being explored, but those who do it best are finding success. Cody Allen is among pitchers with the highest spin rate on four-seam fastballs. Why spin rate matters (Insider)

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Manning: Indians just find ways to win

Even with injuries and individual player slumps, Indians TV broadcaster Rick Manning feels the team is set up well for the playoffs. He also previews Cleveland's rotation.

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How will Indians fare in postseason?

In the other years that the Indians have won the AL Central, they've made it past the ALDS four of seven times and to the World Series twice. They didn't win either time, however.

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Versatile Miller records rare feat

Andrew Miller, who has saved 12 games this season, improved his record to 10-1 by picking up the win as a setup man on Monday. He's the the first pitcher in 10 years with at least 10 wins and 10 saves in the same season, per the Elias Sports Bureau. The last to do it was Francisco Cordero in 2006.

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With their win, the Indians clinched the AL Central, their first division title since 2007. The Indians are 14-2 against the Tigers this season, the first time they've won that many games against the Tigers since 1959.

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Happ or Kluber more deserving of Cy Young award? (1:34)
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Indians beat Tigers, clinch AL Central (0:53)

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Congrats to the Indians for clinching their first division title since 2007. They did it by dominating the second-place Tigers, beating them in 14 out of 16 games so far. They did with a stellar rotation, a bullpen with the best ERA in the AL, and an offense that is second in the AL in runs. The Indians left no doubt who the best team in the AL Central was.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Now the Indians are saying Kluber left with right groin tightness. Let's hope it was just extra precautionary and nothing too serious as the Indians can't afford to lose another starter. Meanwhile, Roberto Perez just homered to give the Indians a 5-3 lead.

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Interesting decision by Terry Francona to remove Corey Kluber after four innings with a 4-2 lead. Kluber had thrown 60 pitches, so apparently the Indians had a strict limit, preserving a few pitches down the stretch so Kluber is as ready as possible for Game 1 of the Division Series next week. Francona still has the AL's best bullpen to turn to as the Indians try to clinch the AL Central with a win.

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Santana, Upton share AL weekly honors

Indians 1B/DH Carlos Santana and Tigers OF Justin Upton have been named the American League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending Sept. 25. Santana hit .458 (11-for-24) with two homers and six RBIs to earn the award for the second time in his career.

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Indians drop in Power Rankings

The Indians won four of their six games last week, but the streaking Red Sox have passed them in the race for home-field advantage in the AL. A positive from Sunday's loss: Josh Tomlin looked good for the third start in a row. Week 25 Power Rankings

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Who's a surprise World Series contender?

Tony Blengino picked the Indians earlier this season, and he's sticking with them among American League teams. He does note, however, that they might have peaked too early. MLB Insiders Roundtable

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs7584th
Batting Average.2626th
On Base Percentage.3287th
Slugging Percentage.43010th
Earned Run Average3.857th
Quality Starts7910th
WHIP1.246th
BAA.2435th

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