Though the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays have been competitive, they both know their play must improve in order to remain postseason contenders.
That begins Friday night when the Indians look to continue their recent road success against the Blue Jays.
Cleveland (44-41), which spent a good portion of the first half leading the AL Central, is three games behind first-place Chicago in the division and one out of the second wild card spot.
"I'm satisfied where we stand, but we must play better in the second half," general manager Chris Antonetti said.
Last July 15, the Indians led the Central by one game but finished 31-40. The team believes the experience of falling short might actually help in 2012.
"We know what that feeling is like," scheduled starter Justin Masterson (5-8, 4.40 ERA) said. "We don't have to be in first place now. We have to be in first place at the end."
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