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MLB Standings: At Quarter-Season Mark, Cleveland Indians In First In Central Division

At the quarter mark of the season, the Cleveland Indians are your first place team in the Central Division.

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 20:  The Colorado Rockies play the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field as the sun sets on June 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 20: The Colorado Rockies play the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field as the sun sets on June 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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We're just beyond the quarter-season mark, actually, and the Cleveland Indians are your first place team in the American League's sub par Central Division thus far. They currently sit just two and a half games ahead of the somewhat surprising Chicago White Sox (21-21) and three games ahead of the underachieving Detroit Tigers (20-21). Kansas City is not a far cry from first, either, as they sit just six games out.

As a team, the Indians have two-thirds of their lineup above the .700 OPS mark, led by Asdrubal Cabrera's .907. Jason Kipnis leads the team with six home runs and 24 runs batted in.

Free agent signee Derek Lowe has been a pleasant surprise to the rotation, leading the team with six wins and a 2.15 ERA in 58-plus innings.

Many pundits don't believe the Indians can keep it up, but they may not have to to stick around in this division.

The Indians start a three game series with the Tigers on Tuesday night.

For more on the Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. For more MLB news and analysis, be sure to check out Baseball Nation.

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