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IndiansClinch Top Wild Card Spot

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

(AP) - The surging Cleveland Indians earned their first postseason berth since 2007, beating the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Sunday to clinch an AL wild card as Ubaldo Jimenez tied a career high with 13 strikeouts.

Nick Swisher homered in the first inning for the Indians, who ended the regular season with 10 straight wins.

Cleveland will host Tampa Bay or Texas in the one-game AL wild card playoff on Wednesday night.

Jimenez (13-9) gave up one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Indians, who mobbed each other on the diamond in a jubilant celebration after the final out.

Scott Diamond (6-13) gave up four runs - two earned - and seven hits for the Twins (66-96).

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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