Cleveland 6 - Los Angeles (AL) 5
The Indians have won 26 of their last 27 games, including 13 consecutive road wins. Let that wash over you like a cool wave on a summer’s day. And now, they are 1.0 game behind the Dodgers for the best record in baseball. There is still something for this team to play for. Today - a matinee (4 p.m. EDT start).
Indians' Michael Brantley could miss playoffs | MLB.com - Michael Brantley already beat the odds to return to the field in time for Opening Day. Now the All-Star left fielder will have to pull off another improbable comeback if he's going to help the Indians in the postseason.
Terry Francona reluctant to shelve Michael Brantley and 5 hot takes on the Cleveland Indians | cleveland.com - The Indians are reluctant to say if the latest news on Michael Brantley’s right ankle takes him out of consideration for the postseason.
Terry Francona is at the heart of the Indians' success - LA Times - “The way the Indians tell it, Francona puts everyone in a lighter mood, from the fresh-faced and nervous rookie to the pressure-tested veteran. He relieves the intensity in the dugout, has a word or two for everyone, keeps a nightly three-hour dialogue going with bench coach Brad Mills. And then one night in June, Mills suddenly heard the sounds of silence. He looked up, and he looked all around the dugout, and Francona had vanished.”
Indians playoff tickets purchased on a secondary market other than StubHub could be canceled - Crain's Cleveland Business - "Under this agreement, any fan who resells Indians postseason tickets on a secondary site other than StubHub — and the fan who purchases those tickets — are subject to have their tickets revoked or the tickets' bar codes canceled," the Indians said.
Cleveland Indians reach 2 million in tickets sold for first time since 2008 | cleveland.com - The Indians announced Wednesday that they've sold 2 million tickets for the 2017 season for the first time since 2008.
Cleveland Indians reaching 2 million in attendance is good news for Edwin Encarnacion | cleveland.com - When the Indians were negotiating a three-year, $60 million deal with Encarnacion during the winter, one of the ways they bridged the gap was by offering him incentive clauses based on attendance.
Angels, Indians thinking of Puerto Rico | MLB.com - "They told me that the surroundings look bad, but the houses are OK," Lindor said. "Everything around them is very bad. It's sad, but hopefully they can get back on their feet soon."
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