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9/27/2016 | Tigers trust Fulmer to deliver in critical start

The Tigers are trying to chase down a Wild Card spot with young stud Michael Fulmer (11-7, 2.95 ERA) on the mound. The Indians, while still fighting for home-field advantage, have already clinched the American League Central, and they will send Zach McAllister (3-2, 3.58 ERA) to the mound Wednesday at Comerica Park in what could shape up to be a bullpen game.

9/27/2016 | Tigers 1 game out of WC with rout of Indians

The Indians' hangover from their American League Central title clincher Monday was a precursor to the onslaught from the Tigers, whose fight for a postseason berth rolls on. Miguel Cabrera and Justin Upton hit three-run home runs, part of a five-RBI game for Cabrera, as Justin Verlander tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 12-0 Tigers victory Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

9/27/2016 | Indians recount excitement of division clinch

Adrenaline was taking over for Roberto Perez. With two strikes on Detroit's Cameron Maybin in the ninth inning on Monday night, the Indians catcher signaled for a fastball from closer Cody Allen, and waited anxiously for the pitch.

9/27/2016 | Indians balancing rest with home-field quest

As the Indians celebrated on Monday night, bench coach Brad Mills made his way into the mob and found backup catcher Chris Gimenez. It was then, amid the champagne and post-clinch chaos, that Mills informed Gimenez he would be playing third base on Tuesday.

9/27/2016 | Francona savors AL Central title, but thirsts for more

Terry Francona knows all about the struggles of the Cleveland Indians' franchise. He was born into it, making his debut in the real world on April 22, 1959 -- just five days after his father, Tito, made his Indians debut.

9/27/2016 | Injured Indians share in clinch celebration

Michael Brantley leaned against a wall, arms folded across his chest, and just watched. Across the clubhouse hallway and inside the visitors' locker room at Comerica Park, his Indians teammates poured champagne, drenching everything and everyone in sight as they shouted, laughed and hugged after winning the American League Central title.

9/27/2016 | Division title just the start for Indians

Jason Kipnis knows what it is like to reach the postseason. Three years ago, the Indians second baseman sprayed champagne on the final day of the regular season, when Cleveland clinched a spot in the American League Wild Card Game.

9/27/2016 | Indians turn attention to best record in AL

After clinching their first American League Central crown since 2007, the Indians know there is still work to be done, but manager Terry Francona was willing to allow his team to celebrate Monday.

9/26/2016 | Indians down Tigers to clinch AL Central

The Indians clinched their first American League Central title since 2007 at the ballpark that housed four of the previous five division crowns. In the process, their 7-4 win over the Tigers made Detroit's postseason pursuit much tougher.

9/26/2016 | Nothing went as planned for Tribe -- except title

The plan Monday called for a shutdown start from Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber to put an emphatic exclamation point on the Indians' first division title since 2007.

9/26/2016 | Indians win AL Central for 1st time since '07

In enemy territory, and against a team that has tormented Cleveland for so many years, the Indians finished the job. With a 7-4 victory over the Tigers on Monday night, the Indians punched their ticket to the October dance as the American League Central champions.

9/26/2016 | Kluber exits start with right groin tightness

With an American League Central title in the Indians' reach, ace Corey Kluber was forced to exit Monday's game against the Tigers.

9/26/2016 | Francona thinks highly of 'rising star' Falvey

One of the aspects of the Indians' leadership structure that manager Terry Francona enjoys is the hands-on approach of the front office. The top members of Cleveland's leadership do not shy away from stepping in the clubhouse, working directly with Francona, his coaches or the players.

9/26/2016 | Salazar looks 'really good' in bullpen session

Danny Salazar walked out of the visitors' clubhouse at Comerica Park, and moved swiftly down the hall toward the training room. Before he disappeared around a corner, the Indians pitcher was asked if he played catch again on Monday afternoon.

9/26/2016 | Santana, Upton share AL Player of the Week

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Carlos Santana and Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton have earned American League co-Player of the Week honors. It is the first time each player has won the award this season.

9/25/2016 | Party delayed as Tribe looks ahead to key series

White Sox starter Carlos Rodon handcuffed the Tribe's bats and cost the Indians the chance to wrap up an American League Central crown by dealing them a 3-0 defeat on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field.

9/25/2016 | Division, Wild Card in play as Tribe visits Tigers

The Tigers have dominated the Indians over the past few seasons, but Cleveland has turned the tables this year. Now, the Tribe rolls into the Motor City with a chance to clinch an American League Central title outright in enemy territory.

9/25/2016 | Indians react to tragic loss of Fernandez

A group of Indians players stood in front of a clubhouse television, others watching from their seats at their lockers, taking in the unfathomable news of Jose Fernandez's death. One of the baseball's rising stars, and one of the faces of the game, was gone.

9/25/2016 | Rodon shuts down Tribe, prevents division clinch

White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon delayed the Indians' party on Sunday afternoon. With a brilliant eight-inning performance at Progressive Field, Rodon led Chicago to a 3-0 win over the American League Central-leading Tribe, which could have clinched the division outright in its final home game of the season.

9/24/2016 | Bullpen day backfires in Indians' loss to Sox

The Indians, down two starters because of injuries, had a bullpen day on Saturday against the White Sox. It didn't go well, as eight pitchers combined to all eight runs.

9/24/2016 | Indians cognizant of Lindor's fatigue

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor has the benefit of youth, and the added adrenaline that comes with playing in a postseason race. That does not mean that Lindor, with his ever-present smile and seemingly boundless energy, does not get tired once in a while.

9/24/2016 | Rodon takes on Tomlin, Tribe in finale

Carlos Rodon, who has a 5.19 ERA in three starts vs. the Indians in 2016, gets the start in Sunday's finale for the White Sox. Cleveland goes with Josh Tomlin, who is looking for a career-best 13th win.

9/24/2016 | Excitement high with Tribe on cusp of clinch

Trevor Bauer worked into the eighth inning on Friday night, while the Tribe offense broke out with a flurry of runs, creating a combination that netted a 10-4 rout of the White Sox. The fans offering the standing ovation understood the gravity of the moment. Cleveland has not hoisted a division-clinching banner in nine years, but it is on the cusp of completing its journey to another crown.

9/23/2016 | Mechanics could be key to Shaw's durability

Bryan Shaw can often be spotted with a football in his hands. It might zip through the clubhouse to a teammate or be carried out to the field for a round of catch. This is not purely an exercise in leisure for the Indians' setup man.

9/23/2016 | Anderson to start bullpen day vs. Quintana

Cody Anderson gets the start for Cleveland in Saturday night's contest against the White Sox at Progressive Field as the American League Central leaders try to move closer to locking up a division title. But it's more of a bullpen day for the Indians, with the right-hander set for two to three innings. Jose Quintana makes his 31st start of the season and his fifth against the Indians.

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