WINDIANS! TRIBE CLINCHES AL CEN­TRAL DI­VI­SION

Tribe back to win­ning, de­feats Roy­als

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By TomWithers

Fran­cisco Lin­dor popped out of the chair at his club­house cu­bi­cle and asked a ques­tion be­fore any re­porter could get one off.

“You guys aren’t go­ing to ask me about the streak, are you?” Cleve­land’s jovial short­stop said, smil­ing. Well, yes. Yours. While the In­di­ans’ his­toric win­ning streak is no longer the talk of base­ball, Lin­dor’s on a per­sonal roll that has be­come no­table.

The All-Star set a club record with an­other ex­tra-base hit and the In­di­ans bounced back af­ter hav­ing their AL record streak

stopped at 22 by beat­ing the Kansas City Roy­als, 8- 4, at Pro­gres­sive Field on Satur­day to clinch the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion ti­tle.

Lin­dor’s dou­ble in the sixth off

Ja­son Ham­mel (8-12) gave him an ex­tra-base hit in 10 straight games — a club record and four shy of the ma­jor league mark of 14, shared by Chip­per Jones (2006) and Paul Waner (1927).

“I didn’t even know that,” Lin­dor said. “I saw it on the score­board.”

Car­los Car­rasco (16- 6) pitched into the sev­enth as the In­di­ans im­proved to 32-5 in their last 37 games.

The win cou­pled with the sec­ond-place Min­nesota Twins’ 7-2 home loss to Toronto se­cured the di­vi­sion ti­tle for the Tribe.

With 13 games re­main­ing in the reg­u­lar sea­son, the In­di­ans are 92-57 and have a 14.5game lead on the Twins. Min­nesota slipped to 77-71 with the loss and has 14 games re­main­ing.

Be­cause the Toronto-Min­nesota game on Sept. 16 was be­gin­ning just as the game at Pro­gres­sive Field was end­ing,

the In­di­ans’ play­ers and staff elected not to wait around in the home club­house for a pos­si­ble clinch­ing.

The team will have the club­house ti­tle cel­e­bra­tion af­ter the Sept. 17 game against the Roy­als.

In Satur­day’s game, Ed­win En­car­na­cion hit his 35th homer for Cleve­land.

Alex Gor­don con­nected for the Roy­als, whose wild-card hopes took an­other blow and dropped 18 1/2 games behind the In­di­ans.

“They’re all hot,” Ham­mel said. “There’s a good rea­son they’re go­ing to be wrap­ping it up.”

Less than 24 hours af­ter los­ing for the first time in three­weeks, thede­fend­ingAL cham­pion In­di­ans re­turned to the busi­ness of tak­ing their sec­ond­straight­di­vi­sion­crown and ninth since 1995.

Fol­low­ing Fri­day’s 4-3loss, the In­di­ans were warmly saluted by their fans, who gave them a rous­ing stand­ing ova­tion in ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the long­est win streak base­ball has seen since the 1916 New York Giants won 26 in a row.

No doubt the streak was

fun, but it servedas lit­tle more than a Septem­ber di­ver­sion for these In­di­ans. They have one goal — a Se­ries ti­tle — af­ter los­ing in seven games last year to the Chicago Cubs.

“I was happy about that,” In­di­ans man­ager Terry Fran­cona said of his team’s abil­ity to re­bound. “I didn’t think we wouldn’t, but it’s nice to see them go right back to try­ing to be as good of a team as we can be.”

The sen­sa­tional Lin­dor is lead­ing their charge.

With the In­di­ans up by a run and with two on in the sixth, Lin­dor dou­bled high off the left-field wall to make it 5-2. It was Lin­dor’s 40th dou­ble and broke a tie with Hal Trosky, who hit ei­ther a dou­ble, triple or homer in nine con­sec­u­tive games for Cleve­land in 1934.

“He’s us­ing the whole field.” Fran­cona said. “And he’s strong enough and he’s got prob­a­bly 1,500 at-bats un­der his belt. So, he knows the league and he un­der­stands sit­u­a­tions more. That comes with ex­pe­ri­ence. So he’s still ev­ery­bit as­dan­ger­ous. He just also is find­ing his hits, spray-

ing the ball around.”

Sweet 16s

The In­di­ans now have three pitch­ers — Klu­ber, Car­rasco and Trevor Bauer — with 16 wins. They are the first Cleve­land pitch­ers to get at least 16 in the same sea­son sinceEar­lyWynn, BobLe­mon and Herb Score in 1956.

Miller time

In­di­ans All-Star re­liever An­drew Miller made his sec­ond ap­pear­ance since re­turn­ing from the dis­abled list and faced one bat­ter. He re­tired Lorenzo Cain on two pitches.

Trainer’s room

IN­DI­ANS» OF Bran­don Guyer ag­gra­vated awrist in­jury that side­lined him for six weeks ear­lier this sea­son. He’ll un­dergo treat­ment and is ex­pected to miss five to seven days. ... OF Lon­nie Chisen­hall will also miss a week af­ter ag­gra­vat­ing a calf in­jury. ... OF Ja­son Kip­nis got med­i­cal clear­ance to be ac­ti­vated Sun­day and will play at least five in­nings in cen­ter field, his first time in the out­field since he was in the mi­nors in 2009.

PHIL LONG — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The In­di­ans’ Fran­cisco Lin­dor sets a club record of hit­ting an ex­tra-base hit in 10straight games with a dou­ble in the sixth in­ning.

PHIL LONG — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

In­di­ans start­ing pitcher Car­los Car­rasco be­came the third In­di­ans starter to win 16games this sea­son.

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