With the division race all but over, the Indians pulled within 1.5 games of Tampa Bay in the Wild Card Game standings with Sunday’s win over Minnesota.
Mike Clevinger allowed just a two-run homer and struck out 10 over eight innings, but the Indians were blanked in a 2-0 loss to the Twins on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland.
The Tribe and Twins will play a day-night doubleheader starting at 1:10 p.m. at Progressive Field on Saturday with Mike Clevinger on the mound in Game 1.
The Indians are looking at a closer by committee through at least the weekend series against the Minnesota Twins in Cleveland after Brad Hand’s MR( scan came back clean on Thursday.
Cleveland capped a 5-1 road trip with Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the Angels in Anaheim. The Tribe heads home for a key weekend series against the first-place Minnesota Twins.
With 16 games left, the Indians (85-61) need to win as many games as possible — and get some help — to reach the postseason for a fourth consecutive season.
The Indians picked up their 85th win and stayed in the thick of the postseason race with Tuesday’s 8-0 win over the Angels on Tuesday in Anaheim.
Cleveland (84-61) gained a half-game on idle Minnesota and Tampa Bay, and a full game on Oakland with Monday night’s 6-2 win over the Angels in Anaheim.
Indians pitcher Clevinger is 10-0 with a 1.95 ERA since June 28 with another strong outing on Sunday as the Tribe topped the Twins in Minneapolis.
The Cleveland bullpen, after delivering five scoreless innings Friday night, allowed four runs in three innings Saturday as a 2-1 lead became a 5-3 loss to the Twins in Minneapolis.
In ai virtual must-win game, the Indians (82-60) move within 5.5 games of the Twins and stayed in strong Wild Card contention with Friday’s 6-2 win at Minnesota.
White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez mowed through the Indians lineup for a complete-game one-hitter on Thursday in a 7-1 win at Progressive Field.
The Tribe bullpen was entrusted an 8-2 lead in the eighth inning, but held on for dear life in an 8-7 win over the White Sox on Wednesday at Progressive Field.
Carlos Carrasco’s first home appearance since his return from leukemia turns into disaster as the Indians lose a 5-2 lead in the eighth inning of a 6-5 loss to the White Sox.
After a weekend sweep to the Rays in Tampa Bay, the Tribe (80-58) returned to Cleveland and coasted by the Chicago White Sox by an 11-3 final Monday night at Progressive Field.