Cleve­land In­di­ans

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - AL CENTRAL -

It seems noth­ing can stop the de­fend­ing AL cham­pi­ons — even hav­ing to play two dou­ble­head­ers in three days.

The In­di­ans swept the New York Yan­kees on Aug. 30 at Yan­kee Sta­dium. Fol­low­ing an off day, Cleve­land took a twin­bill at Detroit.

“I told th­ese guys that we were go­ing to have to play a lot of base­ball in three days whether we liked it or not, so we might as well play well,” man­ager Terry Fran

cona said. The sweeps were part of a win­ning streak that reached 12 games Sept. 4 when the In­di­ans de­feated the White Sox 5-3. They be­gan the week with a nine-game lead over the Twins in the AL Cen­tral as they seek their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive di­vi­sion ti­tle.

Right- han­der Josh Tom­lin (left ham­string) got the win in his re­turn from the dis­abled list Sept. 3, hold­ing the Tigers to one run in 52⁄ in­nings af­ter be­ing out 3 since July 31. Also ac­ti­vated from the DL were left fielder Lon­nie Chisen­hall (right calf ) and out

fielder Abra­ham Al­monte (left ham­string).

Right fielder Jay Bruce pledged to do­nate $100,000 to help vic­tims of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey, which rav­aged the Hous­ton area. He is a na­tive of Beau­mont, Texas.

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