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Indians Win A.L. Central Beat A's 6-2

The Cleveland Indians won their first American League Central Division championship since 2001, as they defeated the Oakland A's Sunday at Jacobs Field 6-2. The win culminated a rebuilding process that had begun in 2002, after Cleveland had a run of success from 1995-2001, winning the Division each year except for 2000. Cleveland General Manager Mark Shapiro and Indians manager Eric Wedge went back to the original Cleveland blueprint of success. Build from within, starting with a strong farm system and then eventually augmenting with key veteran acquisitions. Cleveland currently has two 18 game winning pitchers, in C.C. Sabathia, and Fausto Carmona. And a journeyman reliever Joe Borowski came into the Cleveland bullpen and seized the closers role, right now leading the Majors in saves. Cleveland right now has the best record in the American League as they lead Los Angeles in the loss column by one game. At this point, their mission for the remainder of the regular season is to try to keep the best record to have home field advantage in the playoffs.

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