The Cleveland Indians entered Friday's game with the division rival Detroit Tigers .5 games back, but after sweeping the AL champions they leave Comerica Park 2.5 games ahead in the division race.
Eric Wedge and his ball club will face their biggest test starting today as they square off against the red hot Red Sox' who are running away with the AL East. Both teams are regarded as the super powers in the American League, but this three-game set at Fenway Park will go a long way in determining which team has the upper hand.
At 31-17, the Tribe have not experienced this kind of success since back in 2001 when they last won the division.It's interesting to note that six years ago last nights winning pitcher Fausto Carmona was only seventeen years of age and most of his teammates were either in their late teens or early twenties.
After sweeping the Tigers on the road, Detroit will look to return the favor starting Thursday night as both clubs begin a four-game series at Jacobs Field. If the Indians are able to salvage a split they will have to feel pretty confident about themselves and their ability to compete with one of the best teams in baseball.