The Indians lost for the second straight night on Saturday at Tampa Bay, but remained 4.5 games behind the Twins in the AL Central and ahead of both Oakland and the Rays in the wild card race.
Friday’s 4-0 loss at Tampa Bay dropped the Indians to 4.5 games off the pace in the AL Central. The Tribe’s grip on the AL’s first wild card spot fell to a half-game over the A’s.
Highly-touted prospect Yu Chang has four hits in three games for the contending Cleveland Indians since being called up to help replace injured star Jose Ramirez
Mike Clevinger struck out 10 over eight shutout innings as the Tribe blanked the hapless Tigers, 2-0, on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Tribe rookie Aaron Civale (2-3, 1.96) has made six career starts and has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of them following Wednesday’s 4-2 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park.
Already injury-riddled, the Indians must forge ahead in the late-season pennant race without the hot bat of Jose Ramirez after he underwent surgery Monday for a broken hamate bone in his right hand.
The Indians are 13-1 against Detroit this season — including 12 in a row — after Tuesday’s 10-1 drubbing at Comerica Park.
Jose Ramirez’s broken hamate bone in his right hand on Saturday is the latest blow to the Indians and their chances to play baseball in October for a fourth straight year.
Cleveland (76-55) is just a half-game ahead of Tampa Bay and one game up on Oakland for the No. 1 wild card spot in the American League after a wild 9-8 loss to the Royals.
Franmil Reyes’ three-run home run in the third inning helped the Indians (76-54) to a 4-2 win Saturday against the Royals at Progressive Field.
After a rough three-game sweep against the Mets in New York, the Indians came home on Friday for a much-needed 4-1 win over the Kansas City Royals.
Indians offense again sputters as the New York Mets win a rain-shortened 2-0 game on Thursday to cap a three-game sweep of the Tribe in New York City.
With a chance to gain a game in the AL Central Division standings, Indians closer Brad Hand blew his third straight save on Wednesday in a 4-3 loss to the Mets in New York.
The loss dropped the Indians (74-52) three games behind Minnesota in the AL Central with the Twins leading late in their game against the White Sox.
In July, the Cleveland Indians pitcher announced he had been diagnosed with leukemia. His last appearance in a game setting prior to a scoreless inning in Akron Monday night was May 30.