Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14
The Cleveland Indians blew a chance to wipe away their deficit in the AL wild-card chase. Squandered opportunities aside, they have to like their remaining schedule. A favorable stretch to conclude the season begins Thursday night with the first of four home games against the major league-worst Houston Astros. Entering Wednesday with a one-half game margin separating them from Tampa Bay and Texas, the Indians (82-70) could have moved into the second wild-card spot but instead suffered a 7-2 loss at Kansas City. Since the Rays knocked off the Rangers, Cleveland remains one-half game behind Texas and 1 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay. "It's not great, but they're a good team," Nick Swisher said of Kansas City. "We had a good road trip, 5-2. We'll take that every time and now we're going home. We're kind of playing against spoiler teams and that's what they're going to try to do to us, spoil it for us." After the four-game set with Houston - loser of five straight - Cleveland will rema...
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