IN­DI­ANS

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The In­di­ans and A’s, whose un­ex­pected run to the post­sea­son 15 years ago was re-told in the film star­ring Brad Pitt, don’t have much in com­mon be­sides their 20-game streaks.

Oak­land was an over­achiev­ing squad loaded with pitch­ing and a ros­ter com­prised of low-salaried play­ers as­sem­bled by a front of­fice that forced base­ball to re­think how it eval­u­ated ta­lent. The In­di­ans, on the other hand, have spent mil­lions to get bet­ter, and have been ex­pected to win — big.

Maybe not at this amaz­ing rate, but af­ter get­ting to Game 7 in 2016, Cleve­land was a fa­vorite to re­turn to the World Se­ries.

Clos­ing in on their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive AL Cen­tral ti­tle, the In­di­ans fig­ured to keep things go­ing with Klu­ber on the mound, and the right-han­der con­tin­ued his own su­perb stretch.

Klu­ber im­proved to 8-1 in his last nine starts and low­ered his ERA to an Al-best 2.45 with his third shutout of the sea­son and fifth com­plete game. He al­lowed a lead­off dou­ble in the first to Kinsler, but stranded him at third by strik­ing out Cabr­era and Ni­cholas Castel­lanos to end the in­ning.

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