(AP) -- The Cleveland Indians are in a much different race than they'd hoped, and pride is giving them enough motivation.
It may also be a factor in trying to avoid their longest slide against the Kansas City Royals in 34 years.
The Indians hope to end Friday night out of the AL Central cellar and snap a five-game skid to the Royals in the opener of this three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.
Cleveland (62-88) emerged from the All-Star break to beat Toronto on July 13, sitting three games back of division-leading Chicago.
The Indians have been in a tailspin ever since, going 17-47 while dropping 27 of 34 on the road.
Instead of competing for the top spot in the Central, Cleveland is tied with Minnesota at the bottom of the division and is trying to avoid its first last-place finish since 1991 in the AL East.
"No one wants to finish last," manager Manny Acta said. "It's a pride thing. ... It just doesn't sound good."
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