Through Ups and Downs, the Cleveland Indians Keep Pushing

The Indians have never been more than three games out of first place this season, or more than three games ahead. They lost five of six after the All-Star break, then stormed to a nine-game winning streak. But Tuesday’s loss — despite a soaring, over-the-wall catch by center fielder Austin Jackson — was their third in a row.

Manager Terry Francona called for his relief ace, Andrew Miller, in the sixth inning Tuesday, the kind of aggressive move that worked so often last October. It failed against the Red Sox, and on Wednesday the Indians placed Miller on the disabled list with patella tendinitis in his right knee.

If the Indians return to the World Series, it will have been a rugged road. Francona knew it could be.

“I don’t see a sense of entitlement,” he said. “I just think, especially with young players, you can’t quite understand: you go from October, where you’re the only game in town, and it’s almost glamorous, then you show up in April, it’s 39 degrees, and it’s not the same. It’s not supposed to be. You’ve gotta fight through all of this so you get the chance to do that.”

Francona, 58, is back after missing time in early July to deal with an irregular heartbeat,

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