The Indians stood toe-to-toe with the best team in baseball in their own house -- the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park -- and came away with a draw.
Much has been made about the Indians’ inability to hang with the big boys in the American League, but they handled themselves quite well in manager Terry Francona’s return to Boston, taking the first two games of the series before losing the next two.
Cleanup hitter Edwin Encarnacion was activated from the disabled list and hit two home runs in his first game back to power a win in the series opener.
The Indians have been paying close attention to the waiver wire in hopes of acquiring help in the outfield via trade, but it might not be necessary.
Veteran Melky Cabrera has given them plenty of production in right field since returning for his second stint with the team, and rookie center fielder Greg Allen strung together a career-high hitting streak and looks as though he could be the starter in the postseason.
AL CY Young candidate Trevor Bauer remains on the disabled list, but the Indians are optimistic that the right-hander will be ready in October.
The same can’t be said for center fielder Leonys Martin. He left the hospital, where he was recovering from a life-threatening bacterial infection, but the team announced that he would not play again this season, with doctors preferring that Martin doesn’t try to work his way back into shape until the spring.
The Indians owned a 12-game lead in the Central Division through Thursday, opening a weekend series with division rival Kansas City on Friday.