The Cleveland Indians' sizzling offense has been a major reason for the team's solid stretch over the last week.
The Tampa Bay Rays' struggling lineup may want to take notes.
Cleveland seeks its fifth victory in its last six games when it hosts Tampa Bay in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night.
The Indians (42-39) have outscored opponents 38-18 over their last five contests after beating the Los Angeles Angels 12-3 on Wednesday, as each starter recorded at least one hit.
Michael Brantley and Casey Kotchman each hit a three-run homer for Cleveland, which has averaged 7.6 runs while hitting .342 in its last seven games. Shin-Soo Choo is 12 for 27 (.444) over his last six.
Travis Hafner went 1 for 3 with two walks Wednesday in his first game since having right knee surgery May 31, and manager Manny Acta welcomed his presence in the lineup.
"We had a lot of quality at-bats and you could see Hafner's effect right away," Acta said.
Johnny Damon had a season-high three hits. The...