The AL Central will have a new champion, as the Indians eliminated the Kansas City Royals from the division title race last night by beating them 4-3. It was a team effort, as Klubot, Hamster and Roberto Perez all made timely contributions. Five shall be the number of the counting, as the Motor City Kitties had their game with the Twins postponed by weather.
Cleveland 4 - Kansas City 3
Cleveland Indians eliminate Royals from AL Central race with 4-3 victory - Let's Go Tribe -Correction: Jose Ramirez eliminated the Royals.
Indians beat Royals, cut magic number to five | MLB.com - In a 4-3 win over Kansas City on Wednesday night, Corey Kluber continued to build his American League Cy Young Award case, Jose Ramirez roped three doubles and the Indians marched closer to an AL Central title.
Cleveland Indians eliminate Royals from AL Central race with 4-3 win; Magic No. is 5 | cleveland.com - The win reduced the Indians' magic number to clinch the AL Central over Detroit to five. It also eliminated the Royals, last year's World Series champion, from the AL Central race.
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Adam Plutko called up while in a wedding | MLB.com - "I couldn't take the phone call right away, put it through to voicemail," Plutko said. "They had literally just got done saying, 'I do,' and taking pictures and everything."
Indians Jose Ramirez hits three doubles | MLB.com - In Wednesday's win, Ramirez churned out a trio of doubles to give him a team-high 42 this season.
Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana controls emotions, hits more homers | cleveland.com - "I've always had power, but the one thing that hurt me was emotion," said Santana. "I would try too hard, try to do too much and that wouldn't be good. This year I've been able to control it. That's perfect for getting to the ball."
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