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MINNEAPOLIS -- After winning two World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox, Terry Francona knows a thing or two about October baseball. jerseys from china . Getting the Cleveland Indians on the cusp of a playoff appearance in his first year with the team just makes it that much sweeter. The Indians pulled into a tie atop the AL wild card standings Friday night, pounding out 17 hits in a 12-6 romp over the Minnesota Twins. "Its everything you hope for when you go to spring training," Francona said. "You cant let yourself get ahead, but the fact that everybodys tired and we cant wait to get back here tomorrow, thats what were here for." With the win and Tampa Bays loss at Toronto, the Indians moved into a tie with the Rays for the two AL wild cards, one game ahead of Texas, which beat Los Angeles. Cleveland has won eight straight and 13 of 15, taking advantage of a schedule that ends with 10 games against Houston, the Chicago White Sox and the Twins, the three worst teams in the AL this season. Last year the Indians were one of those teams, winning just 68 games and entering the year with low expectations. But after improving to 90-70 on Friday night, Francona wasnt in the mood to look back on the season just yet. "Theres time to reminisce when the seasons over. Weve got to show up in about 10 hours and try to get to 91," Francona said. "Im thrilled that were playing for what were playing for." Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera both had two doubles and Jason Kipnis was a homer short of the cycle as the Indians jumped out to a 7-0 lead and knocked out Twins starter Pedro Hernandez (3-3) in the second inning. "He just had a bad night," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of his rookie left-hander. "They were all over him right from the get-go. Kind of non-stop." By the time the second inning was over, the Indians had four doubles and a triple, and the first seven hitters in their batting order had at least one hit. "I think you just have to give credit to our lineup tonight," said Indians centre fielder Drew Stubbs, who went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer in the ninth inning. "We came out and when we got good pitches to hit we put good swings on them and gave ourselves a pretty good cushion." Ryan Raburn singled in two runs in the second, and Mike Aviles added a two-run single in the fifth for the Indians, who went 7 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Indians starter Corey Kluber (11-5) managed to win his fifth straight decision. He started the game with three scoreless innings, but then allowed 10 of the next 16 hitters to reach and was knocked out with one out in the sixth. Kluber gave up six earned runs and 10 hits, but walked only one and struck out five. "I felt like mechanically I was there," Kluber said. "I felt good physically. I think the last couple of innings I just fell behind a couple guys and got a couple balls up." The Twins scratched back thanks to Pedro Florimons two-run homer in the fifth, and after Alex Presley dumped a two-run single into left field with two outs in the sixth, the Twins had climbed within 9-6. Five relievers then combined to shut out the Twins over the final 3 2-3 innings. Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson threw a scoreless eighth as he works his way back from a strained left oblique that sidelined him for three weeks. The Indians tacked on three more runs in the last two innings, courtesy of an RBI double by Kipnis and Stubbs 10th homer of the season, a two-run blast to left that made him the 10th Indian to reach double figures in home runs this year. "The way the wind was shifting the ball started carrying," Francona said. "They get to 9-6 and you dont want to be in a situation where a mistake can cost you a game. The guys kept grinding and thats good." In the end, Francona was left deciding how to spend the few hours between the end of Fridays 3 1-2 hour marathon and the start of Saturdays matinee. "I just want to keep playing. I dont want to go home. I dont care where we play, when we play, I just want to keep playing," he said. "I ought to just sit here and stay in my uni because Im probably not going to sleep a heck of a lot." NOTES: With their 6-5 victory over Minnesota on Thursday, the Indians improved their record in one-run games to 30-17, the best mark in the major leagues. . Twins C Josmil Pinto left the game after being hit on the right hand with a pitch in the fourth inning. Precautionary X-rays were negative and hes considered day-to-day with a bruised hand. . The Indians will send LHP Scott Kazmir (9-9) to the mound against Minnesota RHP Cole De Vries (0-1) on Saturday. cheap jerseys from china . He returned from a broken collarbone and is taking aim at a post-season run, even if it took one big pass to get there. Rodgers fired a 48-yard touchdown to Randall Cobb in the final minute, and the Packers beat the Chicago Bears 33-28 to capture the NFC North championship on Sunday. Cheap NFL Jerseys China . Which version of the team will show up? The Canucks hope it will be the squad that dominated the NHL-leading Chicago Blackhawks recently and not the one that often lurched through a lockout-shortened, 48-game regular season. . Most fans dont care who the players are; they just want to be entertained by a winning team. That mentality is understandable. After all, the goal of professional sports is to win, not produce national team players. Some respondents said they would prefer it if the team could win with Canadian players, while fewer still said they wanted to see their team field Canadian-born players at all costs. wholesale nfl jerseys . -- Jim Calhoun could scarcely watch when the most improbable post-season run of his coaching life at Connecticut came down to an open three-point attempt by Arizonas Jamelle Horne. cheap nfl jerseys . Valpo (22-10), the fourth seed in this years event, also saw Cory Johnson and Howard Little score in double figures with 15 and 14 points, respectively. The ninth-seeded Penguins (9-21) were paced by Damian Eargle with 21 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots. ARLINGTON, Texas -- Having won the first two AL pennants in franchise history, the Texas Rangers want to keep their key players around for a while. Slick-fielding shortstop Elvis Andrus and the Rangers finalized a US$14.4 million, three-year contract Wednesday. The deal covers his three years of salary arbitration eligibility, and Texas would like to discuss an even longer agreement with agent Scott Boras. "We have made no bones about the fact that we would like to sign some of our core players to extensions that do extend into free agency," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "Elvis is one of those types of guys. We hope he is a Texas Ranger for years to come." Andrus gets a $750,000 signing bonus and salaries of $2,375,000 this year, $4.8 million in 2013 and $6,475,000 in 2014. An arbitration hearing had been scheduled for Thursday. Andrus had asked for $3.6 million and was offered $2.65 million. A key for him was financial security. "It is something I was loooking for, especially for my family . wholesale jerseys. .. at this point in my career, at this point in my life," Andrus said. The 23-year-old hit a career-best .279 with 37 stolen bases last year, when he made $452,180. He was an all-star in 2010. "Elvis represents everything we want the Texas Rangers to be," Levine said. "Hes a young upside player with a ton of energy, a ton of ability. Hes been a huge part of our last two playoff runs. He fits in at the top of the order. Hes the engine for our whole team, sets the table for the big boppers in the middle. Hes been a huge part of the defence. We feel that just his energy and his enthusiasm really represents the personality of the club." After twice coming within a strike of the World Series title in Game 6 last October, the Rangers finished with an empty feeling. Theres work to do. "Im still learning every day ... especially the mental part of the game," Andrus said. "My best years are coming." ' ' '


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