21 jump streak

Cleve­land sets new AL win streak record

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For more than 100 years, Amer­i­can League teams have gone on win­ning streaks of vary­ing lengths — short ones, long ones, dou­ble-digit ones.

Noth­ing, though, like the one Cleve­land has pieced to­gether. A streak for the ages. Mov­ing past the “Money­ball’’ Oak­land Athletics, Cleve­land set the AL record with their 21st straight win on Wed­nes­day, 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers, to join only two other teams in the past 101 years to win that many con­sec­u­tive games.

Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer off Buck Farmer (4-3) and Mike Clevinger (10-5) won his fourth straight start as Cleve­land, a team with its sights set on end­ing the ma­jors’ long­est World Se­ries ti­tle drought, matched the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the sec­ond-long­est streak since 1900.

And in do­ing so, they sep­a­rated them­selves from ev­ery AL team since the league was formed in 1901.

“Who would’ve ever thought that we’d be in this sit­u­a­tion?’’ Bruce said. “I can’t even im- agine.’’ Be­lieve it. Now that they’ve moved past those 2002 A’s im­mor­tal­ized on film, Cleve­land is within five wins of catch­ing the 1916 New York Gi­ants, who won 26 straight with­out a loss but whose cen­tu­ry­old mark in­cludes a tie.

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Fran­cisco Lin­dor and Jay Bruce cel­e­brate Wed­nes­day’s win in Cleve­land.

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