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Cleveland Indians Drawing Parallels With Tampa Bay Rays In Playoff Hunt

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While the New York Yankees were celebrating Derek Jeter‘s climb on the game’s all-time hits chart, the Cleveland Indians were trying to stay alive in the hunt for October.

It certainly was a day for celebration. Jeter is one of the game’s all-time greatest players, and he certainly cemented that by passing Honus Wagner for sixth place all-time on the hits list. But the Indians are a team trying to rally to save a date for October, and they had little time to cheer Jeter’s achievement.

In a lot of ways, the Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays are exact twins. Both teams have neither the pitching nor the offense to suggest that they would be in the thick of things late in the season. But here they are, only 4.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot, all thanks to their commitment to not giving up.

The Indians are a team that, just like the Rays, should have been out of the playoff conversation a long time ago. But not these Indians. With Michael Brantley and Nick Swisher emerging as the teams go-to offensive players, the Indians are a team that will not go down easily.

Sunday will loom large for the Indians. It will be their chance to not only get back to .500, but to also pull a little bit closer to the second Wild Card spot, and deal the Yankees another blow in the process.

Cleveland knows what they have to do. Now all they have to do is go out there and do it.

Kareem Gantt covers breaking news for Rant Sports. For more from this author, ‘follow’ him on Twitter, ‘like’ him on Facebook, and ‘add’ him to your network on Google