CLEVELAND This is the typeof game the Indians have been winning all year, so why should it be anydifferent against Detroit?That seemed to be the theoryfor the Tribe on Tuesday night, when they slid past their AL Central rivalswith a 5-3 victory.For the Indians, startingpitcher Ubaldo Jimenez wasnt great but he wasnt awful, either.Jason Kipnis didnt do much but Shin-Soo Choo and Casey Kotchman sure did.Chris Perez wasnt spectacular but at least he didnt hear any boos after his comments suggesting fan apathy.In fact, he received a standing ovation.And hey, whos to say theTribe closer didnt make a valid point?After all, the Indians (24-18)are in first place in the division, and this is their biggest week of theseason so far. Everyone seems to think the Tigers are the Centrals beast, and everyoneknows this is a huge three-game series when it comes to the Indians provingtheyre for real. Or at least something close to a true playoff contender.Yet only 15,049 showed up toProgressive Field.Too bad, because the non-viewingaudience is missing a team that truly represents the city. The Indians are scrappy,unassuming, finding ways to stay relevant and even overachieve.Take Jimenez, for example.He was hardly dominating, allowingfive hits and walking six in six innings. He even trailed 3-1 at one point. Buthe steadied himself and received the needed run support, to gain the win and improveto 5-3. Thats really all that matters.Or how about Choo, who led offthe Indians first inning with a single, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs?Meanwhile, Kotchman went 3-for-4, including a single that scored MichaelBrantley to break a 3-all tie in the sixth. Others such as Travis Hafner(2-for-4, 2 RBI), Asdrubal Cabrera (RBI in first) and Brantley (2-for-4, runscored) also made big contributions.And lets not forget reliever VinniePestano who set a club record with his 22nd appearance with atleast one strikeout.Granted, thats hardly thetype of thing that makes the national highlight shows, but it is veryCleveland-like. Its flying under the radar while getting things done and makingprogress. Right now, thats the Tribe.As for Perez, all hes done isrecord 14 save opportunities a span of 18 appearances since April 8. In thattime, he boasts a 1.62 earned-run average with 16 strikeouts and just fivemeasly walks. Its no wonder the fans are quick to forgive him for calling themout. Then again, thats assuming they were ever mad at him in the first place.Truly humbled, Perez said ofthe positive reaction when he took the mound. I didnt know what to expect,but thats the loudest Ive ever been cheered here. It didnt go unnoticed.It was a little scary forPerez at first, as he allowed two baserunners with only one out and the game inthe balance. But he struck out Miguel Cabrera and got Prince Fielder to groundout, ending the game and snapping the Tigers 10-game winning streak vs. theIndians.If tonights any indication,we got some energy back, Pereze said. It was fun.Ah, yes. Fun. That is what theIndians have become. As an added bonus, theyre winning. Maybe not beautifully,maybe not convincingly.But theyre doing it enough,and games like the one Wednesday are further proof of that.So now its two more againstthe Tigers, followed by three in Chicago against the White Sox. Break even, andthe Indians are likely to maintain their current standing. Do more than that, andits time to take them very seriously.Theyve already earned that atleast that much. And the rest of this week affords the Indians another chance toprove it.