Cleve­land ac­ti­vates closer Miller off DL

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The Cleve­land In­di­ans have top re­liever An­drew Miller, one baseball’s best, back at their dis­posal. Ob­vi­ously, they’ve man­aged OK with­out him.

The nasty left-han­der was ac­ti­vated from the dis­abled list on Thurs­day af­ter re­cov­er­ing from knee ten­dini­tis over the past three weeks, which hap­pened to co­in­cide with the In­di­ans reel­ing off an AL record 21 straight wins, the sec­ond-long­est streak in 101 years. While off to the side, Miller has en­joyed it. “They’ve been an in­cred­i­ble team to watch,” Miller said Thurs­day be­fore the In­di­ans played Kansas City. “It’s been a lot of fun. It’s not a lot of fun to miss out, but they’ve been ex­cit­ing to watch and have found a lot of dif­fer­ent ways and pretty good baseball across the board. It’s a trib­ute the staff and what kind of team we have and the types of play­ers we have and hope­fully it’s a nice build­ing block to where we want to go.”

The In­di­ans have one goal: win­ning the World Se­ries. And to do that, they’ll need Miller, who dom­i­nated last year’s post­sea­son like few re­liev­ers ever.

Miller hasn’t pitched since Aug. 21, when he pulled him­self from an ap­pear­ance in Bos­ton and went on the DL for the sec­ond time with ten­dini­tis in his right knee. The In­di­ans started their streak three days later.

Around the ma­jors

• Ma­jor League Baseball hopes to hold a spe­cial meet­ing be­fore Novem­ber to vote on ap­prov­ing the sale of the Mar­lins to a group headed by ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist Bruce Sherman that in­cludes for­mer Yan­kee Derek Jeter.

• The Red Sox ac­ti­vated left-han­der David Price (el­bow) from the dis­abled list and plan to use him out of the bullpen.

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