MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 9: Pedro Florimon #25 of the Minnesota Twins steals second base as Brent Lillibridge #1 of the Cleveland Indians tries to tag him in the fourth inning at Target Field on September 9 2012, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeat the Indians 8-7. (Photo by Marilyn Indahl/Getty Images)
The Cleveland Indians are far, far back in the American League Central Division despite playing well against the division rival Detroit Tigers.
Another week and another group of losses for the Cleveland Indians. They wrapped up their week with two-straight losses to the Minnesota Twins to drop that series 2-1. Earlier in the week, they managed to take two of three from the Detroit Tigers though, something they love to hang their hat on. For one reason or another, the Tigers can't get consistent against the Indians, in much the same way that the Chicago White Sox can't consistently beat the Kansas City Royals.
That being said, the Indians and the Royals don't have much to show for their success against the Tigers and the White Sox. Chicago sits at the top of the American League Central division, while the Tigers are two games back of that lead. Kansas City is 12.5 games back of the lead and virtually out of the running.
Cleveland is only ahead of the Twins, who are 17.5 games back of the lead and really out of the running. The Tribe find themselves just one game above that, at 16.5 games back and it's not likely to improve at this point. Below, we've got the full standings for the AL Central.
AL Central Standings
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