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Make Or Break | Indians entering crucial summer stretch

3:19 PM, Aug 26, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- At times, they don't look anything like a playoff team, but the Cleveland Indians are right in the thick of the AL wild-card chase. The key now is to stay there.

And if the Indians have any desire to still be playing in October, they'll have to survive a daunting upcoming schedule that includes three games in Atlanta and three in Detroit before a three-game series at home against Baltimore, one of the teams Cleveland is fighting for a spot in the postseason.

Indians manager Terry Francona has continued to preach his day-at-a-time mantra to his players, but it's tempting to look ahead at a crucial stretch that could define the season.

On Sunday, the Indians overcame four errors and somehow beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1. They can't afford any sloppiness in the next week or their playoff hopes may vanish.

Associated Press

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