Division crown within grasp
They came, they cheered, they saw a sweep.
Sign-wielding Indians fans dressed in red packed Jacobs Field for a pivotal three-game series against Central Division rival Detroit in hopes of seeing the Tribe close in on the team’s first playoff appearance since 2001.
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|Outfielder Jason Michaels smiles after getting hit with a pie during an interview after the game.|
They got more than they bargained for. Wednesday’s crowd of 32,511 fans watched the Indians beat the Tigers 4-2 to complete a three-game sweep — their first over Detroit since that 2001 season.
“The fans were great,” said Cleveland closer Joe Borowski. “They showed up for all three games.”
They have a chance to show up for three more — the final games of the regular season — with the Indians hosting Oakland in a three-game set that begins Friday night.
And if they’re lucky, they may just get to see the Tribe clinch the division title at home.
The Indians, who own a 7½-game lead in the division, have their magic number down to three, and have the potential to wrap up the Central title this weekend.