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The Indians are entering a crucial part of their up-and-down season. The team has six weeks to distance itself from the rest of the AL Central division for a return trip to the playoffs.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says, “Welcome to the real pennant race.”

The Indians are in first place in the division, six games ahead of Minnesota and Kansas City. And, the team has an important week, with road series against against those two teams.

DAnny Salazar
WIKIMEDIA

Major League Baseball passed its first big trading deadline this week, and the Indians took a pass on headline-grabbing deals. Our sports commentator, Terry Pluto, notes that last year the Indians traded top prospects for relief pitcher Andrew Miller.  Terry, what did the Indians do this week to pull away from the pack of teams with good -- but not great -- records.

“Not a lot. They added another pitcher for their bull pen, but a big thing for them was Danny Salazar, who made the All-Star team in 2016. In July of 2016 he was 10-3 but he wins one game the rest of that year.

Canal Park
AKRON RUBBERDUCKS

The baseball world was focused on the All-Star game last night. Five Cleveland Indians were on the AL squad. But our sports commentator, Terry Pluto, says this is also a good time of year to look for the players who could be tomorrow’s greats, and there’s no better place to look than Akron...

Corey Kluber
Arturo Pardavila III / Flckr

The Indians are sending five players to next week’s All-Star game. That's the most since 2004. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says each player has taken a different path to the top. 

Corey Kluber: "He's from Texas and went to Stetson University, which is in Florida. So he wasn't even highly recruited."

Pluto says Kluber was drafted by the San Diego Padres, but was barely on their radar. "He wasn't even in the top 30 prospects within the Padres organization."

World Series at Progressive Field
Amanda Rabinowitz / WKSU

Cleveland Indians fans are attending more games this year than last year, but WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says it doesn’t seem like the team is making it worth their while.

Last year, the Cleveland Indians advanced the World Series and had one of their best seasons when it came to attendance. 

Pluto says the Indians had a hard time selling tickets for the last 15 years, but this year came close to beating an old record.

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