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Indians open AL wild-card lead over Tampa, Texas
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Minnesota Twins' Trevor Plouffe leaves the plate after umpire Larry Vanover called him out looking, on a pitch by Cleveland Indians pitcher Scott Kazmir, in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
September 28, 2013, 6:36 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Cleveland Indians moved into the AL wild-card lead on the next-to-last scheduled day of the regular season, beating the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Saturday behind Scott Kazmir's strong start to extend their winning streak to nine.

Seeking their first postseason appearance since 2007, the Indians (91-70) took a one-game lead over Tampa Bay and Texas (both 90-71), who both lost Saturday.

Cleveland is assured of at least a tie for the AL wild card. With three teams seeking the two wild cards, Sunday's results could decide the matter or lead to one or two tiebreaker games at the start of next week.

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