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Sweeping win over Detroit


Division crown within grasp 

They came, they cheered, they saw a sweep.

Sign-wielding Indians fans dressed in red packed Jacobs Field for a pivotal three-game series against Central Division rival Detroit in hopes of seeing the Tribe close in on the team’s first playoff appearance since 2001.

Outfielder Jason Michaels smiles after getting hit with a pie during an interview after the game.

They got more than they bargained for. Wednesday’s crowd of 32,511 fans watched the Indians beat the Tigers 4-2 to complete a three-game sweep — their first over Detroit since that 2001 season.

“The fans were great,” said Cleveland closer Joe Borowski. “They showed up for all three games.”

They have a chance to show up for three more — the final games of the regular season — with the Indians hosting Oakland in a three-game set that begins Friday night.

And if they’re lucky, they may just get to see the Tribe clinch the division title at home.

The Indians, who own a 7½-game lead in the division, have their magic number down to three, and have the potential to wrap up the Central title this weekend.   

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