“It’s nice,” Indians manager Manny Acta said, “to have him back.”
Such sentiment filtered throughout the clubhouse of the best team in the major leagues. One more time: Best. Team. In. The. Major. Leagues. Temporarily perhaps, but the Indians pushed their record to 12-4 with a 7-3 victory in 10 innings against their equally surprising AL Central running mates, the Kansas City Royals. Only Colorado matches the Indians’ win-loss mark, though the Rockies have avowed their status as contenders. Cleveland’s beginning-of-the-season surge emerged from nowhere, and they’re left now to prove its staying power.