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Tribe Nearing End Of Brutal Stretch Of Schedule

June 20th…seems a long time ago, doesn’t it? The end of spring, just a day or two short of summer. Yes, a long time ago.

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June 20th was also the last day that the Indians played a game against any team that is currently below .500, except for the Tigers, who were well above the break-even mark when the Tribe swept four from Detroit directly out of the All-Star break. That is a span of 40 games, and even with trades and injuries, to this point in the grueling schedule the Tribe has broken exactly even, at 20-20.

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Four games remain in this rugged stretch, tonight against Boston followed by three at home against Minnesota before Cleveland can, hopefully, breathe against Baltimore.

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My point? Simple, really. Although the Tribe is still 16 games under .500, I am impressed at this stretch of ball against superior teams…and I see it as a sign of real hope for the future.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.