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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 19, 2017

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Game Preview: Cleveland (72-75) vs. Minnesota (59-89)

By Matt Van Wormer

Manny Acta’s team doesn’t have an “X” next to their name saying they are out of playoff contention just yet, but it’s really just a formality at this point.  The Tiger’s Magic Number is down to 1 meaning a victory by them or a loss by the Indians clinches the Central Division for the Motor City Kitties.
 
After getting swept away by the Ranger’s and losing the season series 9-1, the Indians are now in Minnesota to battle the last place Twins.  If the Twins stay in last, it will be the first time since 2008 that the Royals will not be the cellar dweller in the Central Division.
 
Ubaldo Jimenez (9-11, 4.61, 1.39 WHIP) will take on Kevin Slowey (0-0, 6.07, 1.40 WHIP) as the Indians look to end their three-game losing streak and work their way back to the .500 mark to end the season on a positive note.  The Indians didn’t show much fight in their losses to Texas, barely scratching out any runs after falling behind early in all three contests.
 
Minnesota, losers of their last five games and just 1-9 in their last 10, have been guaranteed a sub .500 season for over a week now.  They Twins will not have to worry about Shin-Soo Choo who aggravated his oblique injury and has been shut down for the rest of the season.  Also, Jim Thome will be playing his first game against the team he started the season with for the first time since coming back to Cleveland.
 
While the playoffs are out of the picture. Manny Acta has got to keep his team fighting until the end if they want to build off of anything heading into the 2012 season.  Some of these guys are playing for spots on next year’s roster while others could be singing their final verses as members of the Tribe.
 
Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup:
4. Jim Thome, DH
 
Minnesota Twins Starting Lineup:
1. Ben Revere, CF
8. Joe Benson, LF
 
Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

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