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Corey Kluber can take another step toward a third Cy Young Award when he opens the Cleveland Indians‘ three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field.But the ace right-hander can do something else even more important — pitch his team even closer to clinching the American League Central.It won’t be easy against the red-hot Rays.Article continues below ...Tampa Bay [url=http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-eddie-murray-jersey]Eddie Murray Jersey[/url] , still a long-shot wild-card hopeful, completed a sweep of a three-game series with an 8-3 victory against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. The Rays have won seven of their last eight and 16 of their last 19 games, are 14 games above .500 for the first time this season and have won a franchise record-tying 11 straight in their building.They are 32-8 at the Trop since June 11.The Rays, who outscored the woeful Orioles 32-10 in three games, are 24-11 since the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.“Good way to wrap up the series,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said after Sunday’s game. “We had an opportunity to (get a three-game sweep) in Toronto and fell a little bit short. Today, the guys came out and put some pressure on their young pitcher (Josh Rogers), which is good to see. Brandon Lowe with the big (three-run) home run. Kind of the separator right there.”Despite losing in Toronto and the Twins winning at home Sunday, the Indians, running away with their division [url=http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-kevin-gausman-jersey]Kevin Gausman Jersey[/url] , are in position to clinch in St. Petersburg. Their magic number is five, so it’s clearly just a matter of time.The Rays went to Cleveland from Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 and won twice, losing only to Kluber, who allowed no runs and two hits in seven innings.Kluber (18-7, 2.75 ERA), who is 2-0 with an 0.66 ERA in his last two starts, goes for his MLB-leading 19th victory. He is 7-1 in his last nine starts as he tries to hold off other Cy contenders, including Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell.Kluber is 5-2 with a 2.17 ERA in nine career games against the Rays and 2-1 with a 3.38 in four starts at Tropicana Field.Reliever Diego Castillo will be the “opener” for the Rays on Monday night for the second time in three days as Tampa Bay goes to its new formula for success for the third straight game.MVP candidate Jose Ramirez provided a Cleveland highlight in Sunday’s loss, joining Joe Carter and Grady Sizemore as the only Indians players with 30 home runs and 30 steals in a season.“I feel really happy about that,” Ramirez said through a translator. “I kind of feel the same way about both (homers and steals).”Teammate Francisco Lindor [url=http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-jonathan-schoop-jersey]http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-jonathan-schoop-jersey[/url ] , who hit his 34th homer of the season, said, “Not a lot of people do it in history. It’s a special number. He’s having a great season, and I’m very happy for him.”The current Rays roster is a combined 11-for-57 (.193) against Kluber. Carlos Gomez, who homered Sunday, is 1-for-8 (.125), but the hit was a home run. Ji-Man Choi is 1-for-7 (.143).The Indians are expected to activate Andrew Miller from the 10-day disabled list before Monday night’s game. He has been out — for the second time this season — with a left shoulder injury since Aug. 29.Tommy Pham, bothered by a hamstring, started at DH for the Rays on Sunday and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games. CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley kept his cool and delivered for the Cleveland Indians.Brantley singled in the winning run in the 11th inning, and Cleveland beat the Red Sox 5-4 on Saturday night to delay Boston’s bid for a club-record 106th victory and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.The sellout crowd of 35 [url=http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-zach-britton-jersey]Zach Britton Jersey[/url] ,095 was on its feet when Brantley came to bat, but the All-Star said he felt no pressure.“I try to take every at-bat the same,” he said. “I go to the plate trying to make sure I get a good pitch to drive and make it possible to get that runner in from third.”Brantley did exactly that and was mobbed by his teammates, who dumped the contents of the dugout water coolers over his head.“It’s a little cold out tonight to be getting Gatorade baths,” he said.Yan Gomes started the 11th with an infield hit off Drew Pomeranz (2-6), sliding to the bag ahead of first baseman Brock Holt’s tag after third baseman Rafael Devers‘ off-line throw.Greg Allen singled pinch-runner Rajai Davis to second, the runners executed a double steal and Francisco Lindor was intentionally walked. Brantley hit a 1-1 pitch over left fielder Andrew Benintendi and in front of the warning track.Tyler Olson (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings.AL East champion Boston (105-50) has matched the team wins record set in 1912. One Boston win or Houston loss would give the Red Sox home field throughout the postseason and ensure a Division Series matchup against the wild card winner.“We’ll turn the page tomorrow,” manager Alex Cora said. “Drew threw Brantley a breaking ball up in the zone.”Benintendi tied the score 4-4 with a two-run single in the eighth off Brad Hand after Mitch Moreland’s leadoff single and Jackie Bradley Jr.’s double against Andrew Miller, who had pitched a scoreless seventh. Benintendi was thrown out trying for a double by Brantley in left.Mike Clevinger struck out six in five innings and raised his total to 202, making the Indians the first team in major league history to have four pitchers reach 200 in the same season. 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Martinez, the major league leader in RBIs, was in right field after being a designated hitter Friday.Betts, who leads the majors with a .339 batting average, hasn’t played right field since leaving Sunday’s game with soreness in his left side. He didn’t play Tuesday and was the designated hitter Wednesday and Thursday.Devers homered for the second straight night in the third. Swihart led off the fourth with a line drive that cleared the wall in right field.LOOKING AHEADCora was encouraged by Boston’s rally against Miller and Hand.“Those were good at-bats [url=http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-frank-robinson-jersey]Frank Robinson Jersey[/url] ,” he said. “Who knows, we might face them later on in October, so it’s good to face them — and also good to be successful against them.”TAKE A BREAKCody Allen, the Indians’ closer most of the season, hasn’t pitched since Cleveland clinched the division a week ago. Francona wanted he right-hander to rest to prepare for the postseason. Francona said Allen will throw a bullpen in the next couple of days and resume a normal workload during the final trip.MANAGER’S SUMMITFrancona and Cora talked briefly on the field during batting practice. Cora played four years in Boston while Francona managed the Red Sox, and the two have become close friends.STILL A GOBauer is scheduled to start Tuesday in Kansas City and is expected to throw between 60-65 pitches. He pitched 1 1/3 innings and threw 34 pitches Friday in his first appearance since Aug. 17, when his right leg was broken by a line drive.UP NEXTIndians RHP Adam Plutko (4-5, 5.27 ERA) is to take the mound in Cleveland’s regular-season home finale. RHP Hector Velazquez (7-2, 3.18 ERA) will start for the Red Sox.
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