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The Cleveland Indians have a knack at keeping things interesting, at least for the few fans that are paying attention on a regular basis. Just when it seemed the season was drawing to a close with disappointing series' since the All-Star break, the team has pulled it together, won their last pair of games, and is restoring confidence as the month winds down. The only question remains is if the Tribe will make a major move before the trade deadline.

The Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, July 24 in exciting fashion. After reliever Joe Smith gave up a game-tying two-run home run to Miguel Cabrera, the bottom of the inning provided excitement that no one could have ever predicted.

Travis Hafner, who is certainly not known for his speed around the bases recorded his second triple of the season and was soon replaced by Lou Marson as a pinch runner. Marson was able to give the Indians the lead on a successful suicide-squeeze by Aaron Cunningham.

Cleveland will have a chance to extend their win streak to three games as Derek Lowe tries to lead the Wahoos' to victory over their bitter division rival.

The matchup:

The Cleveland Indians will take on the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field located in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 7:05 p.m. EDT.

Derek Lowe (8-8, 5.04 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians facing off against the Tigers' Max Scherzer (9-5, 4.61 ERA).

The standings:

Cleveland enters the game with a 49-48 record and in third place in the American League Central. They are 26-24 when playing at home and have won four of their last 10 games.

Detroit comes into the matchup with a 52-45 record and in first place in the American League Central. They are 24-24 when playing on the road and have won seven of their last 10 games.

The series:

The season series is currently stands at 6-1 in favor of the Indians.

Where to watch or listen:

In Cleveland: Television- STO, Radio- WTAM, Indians Radio Network.

Nationwide: Television and Radio via MLB.TV (Television blackouts apply in Cleveland market).

The batting statistic leaders:

Cleveland: Michael Brantley- .294 batting average, Shin-Soo Choo/Asdrubal Cabrera- 12 home runs, Jason Kipnis- 53 runs batted in.

Detroit: Miguel Cabrera- .329 batting average, Miguel Cabrera- 24 home runs, Miguel Cabrera- 81 runs batted in.

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