If the key to winning the division is to play well against against your division rivals, the Indians have certainly met that task. With yesterday's win they are now 23-10 against AL Central teams (and of course the only team they have a losing record against is the Twins). They improved to 8-0 against the Tigers, the team that for the last couple of years dominated them. Carlos Carrasco, who historically had struggled in Detroit, got better as the game wore on to toss a shutout, the third complete game by an Indians starter in the team's last four games.
The Indians gained a game on everyone else in the division, and so now have a 5-game lead on Kansas City, a 6-game lead on Detroit, and a 7-game lead on Chicago.
Because of a scoring change, the Indians actually won Friday night's game 7-5 instead of 7-4. Because the double play didn't involve a force, Ian Kinsler's run, which scored ahead of the third out, did count. Thankfully it doesn't matter, but if the Indians were only up one run at the time they would have had a win taken off the board and had to have finished the game yesterday.
I'll just let these Tweets speak for themselves....
Jason Kipnis left game in seventh inning with illness.— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) June 25, 2016
No he didn't. https://t.co/RBaOqGQKnb— Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) June 25, 2016
No sickness, no cramping... Just tightened up! All good #toomanytriples— Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) June 25, 2016
Lonnie Chisenhall (@BIGLON8) June 25, 2016
Of late, that means not using the bullpen.
George Springer had the two most difficult parts of the cycle completed in the first inning of Friday's game, and yesterday Jose Altuve missed a cycle by a triple, though he may have gotten one if he hadn't tripped over second base in his last at-bat.
The White Sox tie a record for number of home runs....in a loss.
Dave Laurila's weekly MLB notes