The Cleveland Indians again are right in the thick of the AL Central race, and they are convinced there won't be another second-half collapse.
Cleveland goes for a fifth consecutive victory Friday night when it visits the Minnesota Twins for the first time.
The Indians were three games out of first place and one-half game ahead of eventual division champion Detroit at last year's All-Star break, but they dropped 36 of 47 before Sept. 1 and finished just two games in front of Minnesota for the Central's worst mark.
"More than half of the team is new," first-year Indian Nick Swisher, batting .242 with nine homers and 31 RBIs, told the team's official website. "In that sense, you can't bank on what happened in the past."
Despite losing 16 of 20 from May 21-June 10, Cleveland (51-44) is just 1 12 games back of the division-leading Tigers after closing out the first half with a sweep of Kansas City.
"We like where we're at right now," said first-time All-Star Jason Kipnis, who had an RBI...