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Game Thread: August 27, 2008

Cleveland at Detroit, 7:05 PM (STO)

Since the All-Star Break, the Indians as a team are hitting .276/.355/.475; they hit .250/.323/.402 before. That, in a nutshell, explains the difference in records, since the overall pitching has been about a half-run worse (with both the starters and relievers being worse). The promising aspect of this offensive improvement is that it isn't due to getting an injured player back (Martinez and Hafner are still out), but improvements in the offensive games of virtually all its young players, from Gutierrez to Garko to Cabrera.