Wild card fever is beginning to descend upon Cleveland.
Two of the contenders for the AL's second wild-card spot meet Monday night as the Cleveland Indians open a critical three-game series with the Kansas City Royals.
Kansas City (75-68) moved within 1 1/2 games of Cleveland and 3 1/2 behind Tampa Bay for the final postseason position with a 5-2 victory over Detroit Sunday, its 11th win in 14 tries. Eric Hosmer backed Bruce Chen's strong start with three hits, including a three-run homer.
The Royals, who opened their series with the Tigers with a 16-2 loss, came back to win the final two.
"After that game, it was a bad feeling," said Hosmer, who is 15 for his last 36 (.417). "They just flat out beat us that day. Just to forget it as a team and bounce back like that shows a lot about the character on the team and pitching staff."
Cleveland (76-66) saw its four-game winning streak snapped by the New York Mets Sunday, 2-1, and fell two games behind the Rays.
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