Detroit (62-66) at Cleveland (73-58)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Cleveland, OH
Temp: 67° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Mon Aug 29, 2005
  • TV: FSOH
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The Cleveland Indians have been the hottest team in baseball over the last month.

Having won 10 of its last 13 games and sporting a league-best 19-7 record since July 31, Cleveland looks to continue its surge as it opens a three-game homestand with the Detroit Tigers.

The Indians have moved a game behind the Yankees in the AL wild card race.

“We’ve put ourselves in a good position going into this last month now. We just have to keep going,” Boone said. “This was a good road trip for us.”

Casey Blake and Aaron Boone homered as the Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Sunday. Cleveland ended its road trip 4-2 and is 41-27 on the road this season, as compared to just 32-31 at home.

“We definitely have to improve at home,” Blake said. “We have the same approach. It’s just the way it has gone this year.”

After snapping its three-game losing streak with a 12-8 victory over the defending champion Boston Red Sox on Saturday, Detroit dropped the finale 11-3 on Sunday.

Losers of four of its last six, Detroit visits Jacobs Field as the second stop of its 10-game road trip. The Tigers will begin a four-game set with the White Sox on Thursday.

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J. Bonderman Det vs. S. Elarton Phi
14-13 Record 11-9
4.57 ERA 4.61
145 K 103
57 BB 48
1.35 WHIP 1.30