MRI reveals Kluber has mild quadriceps strain

Indians optimistic ace right-hander will be ready by ALDS

MRI reveals Kluber has mild quadriceps strain

DETROIT -- Corey Kluber changed into street clothes and quickly exited the visitors' clubhouse at Comerica Park on Tuesday night, declining comment and deferring questions to Indians manager Terry Francona.

This came after the results of an MRI exam earlier in the day effectively ended his regular season. After leaving Monday's division-clinching win over the Tigers after four innings, Kluber was diagnosed with a mild strain of one of his quadriceps muscles. His timetable to return is 7-10 days.

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Night after clinch, Indians fall to Tigers in rout

Night after clinch, Indians fall to Tigers in rout

DETROIT -- The Indians' hangover from their American League Central title clincher Monday was a precursor to the onslaught from the Tigers, whose fight for a postseason berth rolls on. Miguel Cabrera and Justin Upton hit three-run home runs, part of a five-RBI game for Cabrera, as Justin Verlander tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 12-0 Tigers victory Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

The end of Detroit's three-game losing streak, combined with Baltimore's loss at Toronto, crept the Tigers back within a game of the Orioles for the second AL Wild Card spot. The Tigers' elimination number remains at five with five games left to play.

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Indians balancing rest with home-field quest

Several regulars out of lineup day after clinch, and Tribe also shuffles rotation

Indians balancing rest with home-field quest

DETROIT -- As the Indians celebrated on Monday night, bench coach Brad Mills made his way into the mob and found backup catcher Chris Gimenez. It was then, amid the champagne and post-clinch chaos, that Mills informed Gimenez he would be playing third base on Tuesday.

Gimenez answered by dousing Mills in bubbly.

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McAllister looks to come up big in rare start

McAllister looks to come up big in rare start

The Tigers are trying to chase down a Wild Card spot with young stud Michael Fulmer (11-7, 2.95 ERA) on the mound. The Indians, while still fighting for home-field advantage, have already clinched the American League Central, and they will send Zach McAllister (3-2, 3.58 ERA) to the mound Wednesday at Comerica Park in what could shape up to be a bullpen game.

McAllister has started just two times in the last two seasons, including his outing on July 2 when he allowed three runs in one inning. Trying to grab some extra rest for his rotation before the postseason, manager Terry Francona said McAllister could see some extended innings on Wednesday.

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Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians recount excitement of division clinch

Indians recount excitement of division clinch

DETROIT -- Adrenaline was taking over for Roberto Perez. With two strikes on Detroit's Cameron Maybin in the ninth inning on Monday night, the Indians catcher signaled for a fastball from closer Cody Allen, and waited anxiously for the pitch.

"My heart started throbbing," Perez said Tuesday. "It was an awesome feeling, man. I couldn't describe the feeling."

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Indians win AL Central for 1st time since '07

Tribe never lost grip after grabbing hold of division lead on June 4

Indians win AL Central for 1st time since '07

DETROIT -- Cody Allen threw one last strike, and then threw his arms high in the air. As the Indians' closer walked off the mound at Comerica Park on Monday night, the party began. After nine years, the wait is over. Once again, Cleveland holds the rights to the American League Central crown.

Manager Terry Francona hugged bench coach Brad Mills. Chris Antonetti, the team's president of baseball operations, turned and embraced Mike Chernoff, his general manager. Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Mike Napoli met in the middle of the infield, jumping together as the edges of their circle began growing into a celebratory mob with all their teammates.

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Indians down Tigers to clinch AL Central

Indians down Tigers to clinch AL Central

DETROIT -- The Indians clinched their first American League Central title since 2007 at the ballpark that housed four of the previous five division crowns. In the process, their 7-4 win over the Tigers made Detroit's postseason pursuit much tougher.

Though Corey Kluber lasted just four innings before leaving with right groin tightness, adding to Cleveland's rotation injuries, Coco Crisp's two-run home run in the second inning and Roberto Perez's solo shot in the seventh helped power the Indians to their 14th win in 16 games against the Tigers this season, eliminating Detroit from the division race. Cleveland clinched its eighth title since divisional play began in 1969, and its second playoff berth in four years under manager Terry Francona.

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MLB.com Columnist

Tracy Ringolsby

Francona savors AL Central title, but thirsts for more

Skipper has sights set on ending Indians' World Series championship drought

Francona savors AL Central title, but thirsts for more

DETROIT -- Terry Francona knows all about the struggles of the Cleveland Indians' franchise. He was born into it, making his debut in the real world on April 22, 1959 -- just five days after his father, Tito, made his Indians debut.

And Terry added to the anxiety of Tribe fans when he managed the Boston Red Sox to a World Series championship in 2004, ending that franchise's 86-year drought, which had been the longest among American League franchises.

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Division title just the start for Indians

Cleveland looks to secure home field as it goes for World Series championship

Division title just the start for Indians

DETROIT -- Jason Kipnis knows what it is like to reach the postseason. Three years ago, the Indians second baseman sprayed champagne on the final day of the regular season, when Cleveland clinched a spot in the American League Wild Card Game.

This is different than that run in 2013. On Monday night, the Indians picked up a 7-4 win over the Tigers, completing a long-awaited return to the top of the AL Central. Cleveland has its first division title since 2007, meaning it gets to avoid the one-and-done risk that comes with a Wild Card appearance.

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Anthony Castrovince

Castrovince: Tribe strayed from plan but flourished

Injured pitchers, Brantley's absence couldn't hold back Tribe

Castrovince: Tribe strayed from plan but flourished

The plan Monday called for a shutdown start from Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber to put an emphatic exclamation point on the Indians' first division title since 2007.

It didn't go to plan. And the Indians won anyway.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cut4 postseason preview: The Cleveland Indians

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Cut4 postseason preview: The Cleveland Indians

2016 may go down as the greatest year in Cleveland history. The Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals -- upsetting the Warriors and their NBA record for wins in the regular season -- and the Indians won their first division title since 2007. If they manage to win the World Series, the entire city may float away into the sky, because how could anything ever top 2016?

Let's remember the Indians' season for the bright shining moments that were with this year's yearbook superlatives. 

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Napoli said clinch party is 'Wherever I'm going'

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Napoli said clinch party is 'Wherever I'm going'

Mike Napoli is a one-man party machine. If you could rent him out for birthdays and weddings, people would pay. Because wherever he goes, good times follow. 

That was already a fact when he was on the World Series-winning Red Sox in 2013 when he started playing bartender. And now, "Party at Napoli's" has become a rallying cry for the city of Cleveland. His bat is named for it and fans showed up to College Gameday carrying the phrase on a sign. So when the Indians clinched their first division title since 2007 after defeating the Tigers, 7-4, it was time to celebrate. But where, oh where would this party be? 

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Injured Indians share in clinch celebration

Injured Indians share in clinch celebration

DETROIT -- Michael Brantley leaned against a wall, arms folded across his chest, and just watched. Across the clubhouse hallway and inside the visitors' locker room at Comerica Park, his Indians teammates poured champagne, drenching everything and everyone in sight as they shouted, laughed and hugged after winning the American League Central title.

Brantley soaked it all in from afar on Monday night.

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Salazar looks 'really good' in bullpen session

Salazar looks 'really good' in bullpen session

DETROIT -- Danny Salazar walked out of the visitors' clubhouse at Comerica Park, and moved swiftly down the hall toward the training room. Before he disappeared around a corner, the Indians pitcher was asked if he played catch again on Monday afternoon.

"Yes," said Salazar, who then broke into a wide smile. "I threw a bullpen."

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Francona thinks highly of 'rising star' Falvey

Francona thinks highly of 'rising star' Falvey

DETROIT -- One of the aspects of the Indians' leadership structure that manager Terry Francona enjoys is the hands-on approach of the front office. The top members of Cleveland's leadership do not shy away from stepping in the clubhouse, working directly with Francona, his coaches or the players.

Assistant general manager Derek Falvey has become an integral part of the Indians' behind-the-scenes operations over the past few years, drawing the attention of other organizations. On Monday, multiple reports indicated that the Twins were on the verge of hiring him as their new president of baseball operations, through neither Minnesota nor Cleveland would confirm the development.

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Santana, Upton share AL Player of the Week

Santana, Upton share AL Player of the Week

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Carlos Santana and Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton have earned American League co-Player of the Week honors.

It is the first time each player has won the award this season.

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Indians react to tragic loss of Fernandez

Marlins All-Star pitcher died in boating accident Sunday

Indians react to tragic loss of Fernandez

CLEVELAND -- A group of players stood in front of a clubhouse television, others watching from their seats at their lockers, taking in the unfathomable news of Jose Fernandez's death. One of the baseball's rising stars, and one of the faces of the game, was gone.

Indians pitcher Danny Salazar, who posted a heartfelt message on social media, told reporters he was too upset to discuss the tragic development. The team was still learning the details, and coming to terms with the reality that Fernandez, 24, had passed away in a boating accident in Miami early Sunday morning.

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Magic number down to 1 despite Tribe's shutout

Magic number down to 1 despite Tribe's shutout

CLEVELAND -- White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon delayed the Indians' party on Sunday afternoon. With a brilliant eight-inning performance at Progressive Field, Rodon led Chicago to a 3-0 win over the American League Central-leading Tribe, which could have clinched the division outright in its final home game of the season.

"They're eventually going to win it, but we won't be around to see them celebrate, which is meaningful," White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier said. "You have to take pride in every series and game. They're going to have to do it on the road, which is good."

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Sox edge Tribe, but magic number at 2

Sox edge Tribe, but magic number at 2

CLEVELAND -- The White Sox delayed a celebration for the Indians for at least one more day. On Saturday night, lefty Jose Quintana spun a gem, Todd Frazier launched a home run and Chicago dealt Cleveland an 8-1 defeat at Progressive Field.

The Indians, whose magic number to clinch the American League Central sits at two, knew Saturday would present a challenge as the Tribe employed a bullpen-day approach for its vacant fifth starter spot. The White Sox took full advantage, scoring six runs over the final five innings, and ended a six-game losing streak. They improved to 7-11 against the Indians. The White Sox snapped a streak of five straight games without a quality start, having gone 0-5 with an 11.63 ERA in that span.

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Bullpen day backfires in Indians' loss to Sox

Bullpen day backfires in Indians' loss to Sox

CLEVELAND -- The Indians will not need a five-man rotation in the playoffs. The only problem right now is that the calendar has not yet flipped to October, Cleveland lacks a fifth starter and the team has yet to officially punch its ticket to the postseason dance.

The situation has left Indians manager Terry Francona a few pieces short in a complicated pitching puzzle. To date, Francona has found ways to navigate around the gaping hole in his rotation. On Saturday night, though, circumstances caught up with Cleveland in an 8-1 loss to the White Sox, and cost the Tribe a chance to clinch a postseason berth.

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Indians cognizant of Lindor's fatigue

Indians cognizant of Lindor's fatigue

CLEVELAND -- Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor has the benefit of youth, and the added adrenaline that comes with playing in a postseason race. That does not mean that Lindor, with his ever-present smile and seemingly boundless energy, does not get tired once in a while.

Indians manager Terry Francona said earlier this week that Lindor looked a little fatigued while learning to deal with the the rigors of his first full Major League season. Prior to Saturday's game against the White Sox, the shortstop admitted that was the case, but said he has felt better over the past few days.

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Tribe rocks Sox, trims magic number to 3

Tribe rocks Sox, trims magic number to 3

CLEVELAND -- Coco Crisp pulled into second base, flexed his arms and gave an emphatic salute in the direction of the Indians' dugout. His two-out double in the fifth inning on Friday night put the Tribe ahead for good in a 10-4 romp over the White Sox and moved Cleveland one step closer to a clinching celebration.

With their sixth win in seven games, the American League Central-leading Indians trimmed their magic number to three with nine games left on the regular-season slate. The White Sox have lost six straight on this nine-game road trip and were officially eliminated from postseason contention and from finishing over .500, falling to 72-81. The White Sox have not reached the playoffs since 2008.

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Mechanics could be key to Shaw's durability

Reliever sets team record with 4th season of 70 games or more

Mechanics could be key to Shaw's durability

CLEVELAND -- Bryan Shaw can often be spotted with a football in his hands. It might zip through the clubhouse to a teammate or be carried out to the field for a round of catch. This is not purely an exercise in leisure for the Indians' setup man.

Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway noted that Shaw's throwing mechanics for his cutter are similar to how a quarterback flings a football. Tossing the pigskin around is a way for the right-hander to maintain a feel for his signature pitch, and perhaps one of the secrets behind Shaw's incredible durability.

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Santana's smash cuts Tribe's magic number to 4

Santana's smash cuts Tribe's magic number to 4

CLEVELAND -- The Indians are still jockeying for position in the October picture, but there is another battle going on within the team.

With his latest homer in a 5-2 win over the Royals on Thursday, Carlos Santana not only moved Cleveland a little closer to a division crown, but he put the pressure on Mike Napoli for the Tribe's home run title this season. Santana and Napoli are now tied at 34 shots apiece with 10 games left on the schedule.

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Vote: Naquin up for Best Rookie Award

Balloting open until Nov. 11 to reward game's elite

Vote: Naquin up for Best Rookie Award

Voting is underway through Nov. 11 at MLB.com/awards to help decide who wins Best Rookie regardless of league affiliation, and all five of your candidates are currently playing key roles in pennant races: Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer, Indians center fielder Tyler Naquin, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Nationals center fielder Trea Turner.

The Esurance MLB Awards annually honor Major League Baseball's greatest achievements as part of an industry-wide balloting process that includes five groups, each of which accounts for 20 percent of the overall vote: media, front-office personnel, retired MLB players, Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) voters and fans like you at MLB.com.

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Clevinger for 5, then 'pen a postseason preview?

Indians rookie allows two runs on four hits before bullpen closes door on Royals

Clevinger for 5, then 'pen a postseason preview?

CLEVELAND -- The handshake might have arrived earlier than Mike Clevinger wanted, but the Indians rookie had no issue with handing the ball to the bullpen. Given the way Cleveland's relief corps has operated of late, the qualifications for a quality start might as well be reduced to five innings for the Tribe.

On Thursday night, Clevinger provided an effective five-inning performance for the Indians in a 5-2 victory over the Royals, helping Cleveland complete a sweep of the three-game set and trim its magic number to four for clinching the American League Central. Dan Otero, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen handled the last four frames, keeping Kansas City in check en route to a fifth win in six games.

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Perez developing into elite pitch-framer

Perez developing into elite pitch-framer

CLEVELAND -- Whit Merrifield stepped across home plate and prepared to toss his bat away. Thinking he had drawn a walk, the Royals second baseman then threw his head back and yelled in disgust after home-plate umpire Carlos Torres rung him up on a called strikeout.

"That's not a strike," Merrifield barked as he walked back to the dugout.

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