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Indians Fall to Tigers 5-4, Magic Number at One After Twins Loss; Three Takeaways

CLEVELAND – The champagne will have to wait at least 24 hours for the Indians, as Friday night the team was unable to put the finishing touches on the AL Central title as they fell to the rival Detroit Tigers 5-4 at Progressive Field.

The night did end on a happy note, as the Minnesota Twins, who are in second in the AL Central, lost in the 9th inning on a walk-off grand slam to the Kansas City Royals 8-4, meaning that the magic number is officially at one.

If the Indians can top the Tigers on Saturday, or the Twins lost Saturday night against the Royals in a game slated to start at 7:15pm, the Tribe for the third straight season will get to hoist the AL Central Champs flag.

Friday was interesting on a number of accounts, and while the bubbly will wait at least one more day, here’s a couple takeaways from the one-run loss to the Tigers.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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