Give the Indians credit. They have added Ubaldo Jimenez, Kosuke Fukudome and now Jim Thome in an attempt to make a run at the AL Central title.
But can they do it? They entered the weekend 6 1/2 games behind the Tigers heading into the final month of the season.
On Wednesday, Cleveland lost 9-2 to Seattle and fell below .500 for the first time since April 3. The Indians were once 15 games over .500.
Last weekend, Cleveland trailed the Tigers by just 1 1/2 games.
"I still feel we've got a good streak left in us," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "The last week we just didn't pitch very well, and that has been our strength the whole season."
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Detroit's Austin Jackson has driven in a run from third with less than two outs in his past six opportunities.
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In 39 games since the All-Star break, the Royals' Billy Butler has 10 homers and 35 RBI.
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Chicago's Paul Konerko has been limited to DH duty lately after being hit in the knee with a pitch. That has forced Adam Dunn to play first base -- and remind everyone why he's a DH.
|Atlanta - WP: A. Harang||11||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano||3|
|Houston - WP: J. Fields||7||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - LP: D. Robertson||4|
|Seattle - WP: H. Iwakuma||5||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - LP: A. Burnett||2|
|Arizona - LP: C. Anderson||1||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: S. Strasburg||8|
|LA Angels - WP: J. Smith||4||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: K. Uehara||3|
|Detroit - WP: J. Johnson||8||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: G. Balfour||6|
|Texas - LP: N. Cotts||3||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: S. Dyson||4|
|San Francisco - LP: R. Vogelsong||0||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: T. Wada||2|
|Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman||5||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - LP: J. Quintana||1|
|Cleveland - WP: K. Crockett||7||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: B. Duensing||5|
|Toronto - LP: J. Happ||1||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: M. Fiers||6|
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Hoover||4||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: P. Neshek||5|
|Kansas City - WP: J. Shields||7||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: T. Matzek||4|
|NY Mets - LP: D. Gee||2||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: S. Kazmir||6|
|San Diego - LP: I. Kennedy||6||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: K. Correia||8|
|Pittsburgh||8/21/14 6:30 PM|
|Carolina||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|NY Giants||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|Jacksonville||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|Oakland||8/22/14 7:00 PM|
|Chicago||8/22/14 9:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay||8/23/14 3:30 PM|
|Tennessee||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Dallas||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Washington||8/23/14 6:30 PM|
|New Orleans||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Minnesota||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|St. Louis||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Houston||8/23/14 8:00 PM|
|San Diego||8/24/14 3:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||8/24/14 7:00 PM|
|Montreal||8/22/14 7:30 PM|
|Toronto||8/23/14 3:00 PM|
|Calgary||8/24/14 2:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/24/14 6:00 PM|
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