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98-58, 1st in AL Cent
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Power Rankings: Indians still sizzling down the stretch

The Indians are closing in on clinching a No. 1 finish, but even as they're riding high, some familiar challengers are rallying down the stretch to make their own claim to the crown. Which clubs made big moves up or down this week?

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Kluber dominant in win over Mariners (0:57)
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Can Dodgers hold on for MLB's best record?

Just a month ago, it seemed like a forgone conclusion that the Dodgers would have the best record in baseball. Then they slumped, the Indians won 22 games in a row and the Astros and Nationals continued to keep pace. With a week left in the season, Los Angeles is 99-57, Cleveland is 98-58, Houston is 95-59 and Washington is 94-61.

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Ramirez puts Indians on top with solo HR (0:24)
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BĂ©isbol Experience: Giovanny Urshela (2:08)
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Thursday's longest home runs

Robinson Cano's ninth-inning blast -- the 300th HR of his career -- for the Mariners in their 4-2 loss to the Rangers was the longest shot of Thursday night, edging out Reds OF Scott Schebler, who homered twice in Cincy's loss to the Cardinals.

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How to fix the Indians' biggest problem

In part, the Indians' solution to their center-field problem is just being themselves. Their strikeout-heavy pitching staff helps to make a minor weakness come off as an awfully minor problem.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Francisco Lindor's three-run homer -- his 32nd -- was the big blow as the Indians won for their 27th time in 28 games. With his power numbers and solid defense, Lindor is starting to get some MVP talk. He's hit .349 with 11 HRs and 27 RBIs in this stretch, so I understand why. But the entire season counts. Jose Ramirez has an OBP 30 points higher and slugging percentage 64 points higher with good defensive metrics at two positions. Ramirez is still the best MVP candidate on the Indians.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Indians held on for a 6-5 win over the Angels and now they're back on a four-game winning streak. I'll do the math for you: That's 26-1 over their past 27 games. They haven't lost a road game since August 20. Francisco Lindor is on a tear, slamming his 31st home run. Jason Kipnis is trying out center field and had two hits. Jose Ramirez hit his MLB-leading 51st double. Now, about the Browns ...

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Hall-of-Famer Rod Carew catches up with Tito Francona. Carew, who survived a massive heart attack in 2015 and received a heart transplant, wanted to check up on Francona, who underwent a cardiac procedure for an irregular heartbeat in early July.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

One of the fascinating subplots these final 12 days is the Indians trying Jason Kipnis in center field. Terry Francona said on MLB Radio today that they're not going to break up the current lineup of Jose Ramirez at second and Yandy Diaz at third, so they're giving Kipnis time in center, where he played in college. Of course, Kipnis has to get his stroke back and while it seems risky, this is the team that played Carlos Santana in left field in the World Series.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

I have talked to or texted with a lot of the Puerto Rican players in MLB, and a lot of them have not heard from their families regarding the impact of Hurricane Maria. This morning, Hurricane Maria became the first category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since the 1920's. After the direct hit, most of the island is without power and communication is very limited.

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Red-hot Indians stand in Angels' way

L.A. has a chance to catch Minnesota for the AL's final wild-card spot, but beating Cleveland is far easier said than done. The Indians have won three straight since their 22-game win streak was broken, posting the best 26-game stretch in AL history, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Team Stats

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  • Pitching
Runs7895th
Batting Average.2645th
On Base Percentage.3383rd
Slugging Percentage.4512nd
Earned Run Average3.331st
Quality Starts82Tied-3rd
WHIP1.172nd
BAA.2363rd