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Indians Clinch Playoff Berth, Win 22nd Straight Game

Cleveland won it's 22nd straight game in dramatic fashion last night while also clinching a spot in the 2017 MLB postseason.

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From Cleveland.com:

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Indians clinched a berth in Major League Baseball's postseason on Thursday when the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Angels, 5-2.

The loss by LA guaranteed that the Indians can fall no lower than the No. 2 wildcard spot, even if they lose all 15 of their remaining games.

That seems unlikely to happen, as the Indians currently boast the longest winning streak in American League history, hold a 2.5-game lead over the Astros for the top spot in the AL playoffs, and are eyeing the LA Dodgers for baseball's best record.

The Indians' magic number to clinch a second-consecutive AL Central Division title dropped to 3 by virtue of Thursday's dramatic 3-2 win against Kansas City in 10 innings.

The earliest the Tribe can clinch a division title would be Saturday at home against KC, based on what second-place Minnesota does on Friday against Toronto. If the Twins win on Friday, the earliest Cleveland can clinch would be Sunday.

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