Better late than never: Cleveland Indians score four in tenth inning to top Royals, 7-3
By Paul Hoynes, The Plain Dealer
The Indians and Kansas City, the top two teams in the AL Central, played with a purpose Monday night that belied the calendar.
The two franchises, who have spent the last two years dining on the table scraps left behind by the Central's ruling class, pushed and pulled their way into extra innings before Shelley Duncan's pinch-hit double ignited a four-run rally in the 10th to give the Indians a 7-3 victory on a cold night at Kauffman Stadium.
The win gave the Indians a two-game lead over the Royals in the AL Central. Sure, it's too early for the standings to reflect much more than an early-season memory, but it has to mean something to a franchise that spent the last two season losing 190 games.