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'Mike and Mike' visits Cleveland

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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland-native Mike Golic has once again returned to his hometown's ballpark and he is hoping it means good things are to come for the Indians.

Golic, along with fellow "Mike and Mike" ESPN radio show host Mike Greenberg, will broadcast live from Progressive Field from 6 to 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday morning. Greenberg threw out the ceremonial pitch before Monday's series opener with the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers.

The timing of Golic and Greenberg's visit, however, could be an auspicious one for the struggling Indians, who entered Monday having lost six of their last eight games, including a sweep at the hands of the A's over the weekend.

"This year, yes, it's reverse the curse time," Golic said. "Since the Indians are struggling, I don't see any doubt of why we cannot be that catapult to turn this program around. I know [Indians manager Terry Francona] would be extremely happy if we could do that for him."

In 2012, "Mike and Mike" broadcast from an Indians road game at Fenway Park on May 10. After winning the series opener, Cleveland, then sporting a 17-13 record, lost the next three games and finished with a disappointing 68-94 showing on the year. The following season, Greenberg and Golic made the trip to Cleveland for a two-game series with Detroit on May 21. The Indians, who entered that contest riding a five-game winning streak, went on to lose seven of their next eight games.

With the Tribe trailing the Tigers by 10 1/2 games in the AL Central entering the current series and struggling to keep pace with its division rivals, Golic hopes the presence of "Mike and Mike" can have the opposite effect this season.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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