Every team strives to find its identity. With a revamped roster and new manager, the Indians knew it might take time for them to find theirs this season. As this campaign rolls into the second half, the Tribe believes it has determined its brand of baseball.

"I think this team is really starting to settle in," Indians veteran Jason Giambi said. "We've found that identity of who we are. We're going to come back. We're going to play hard. We're going to do the little things."

That is who the Indians want to be down the stretch.

Cleveland heads into the season's final 10 weeks situated within striking distance of the American League Central-leading Tigers. Detroit has a Cy Young Award winner, a reigning Triple Crown champion and two straight division titles. The Indians believe they just might have the moxie to pose a realistic challenge down the stretch.

That confidence might stem from a recent wake-up call.

The Tigers roared into Cleveland on July 5 for a four-game series and completely and utterly overpowered the Indians over the first two games. Following the second straight drubbing, Indians players called a closed-door meeting. The message was simple: The Indians had strayed from their identity and were putting the pressure on themselves.

It was time to put the pressure back on the opposition.

"There's a way to compete," Indians manager Terry Francona said, "and a way to fight back."

The Indians responded with a crisp victory over the Tigers in the third game of the series and kept things interesting until the final out in the fourth game, which the Tribe lost in extra innings. That turnaround helped the confidence within Cleveland's clubhouse, where the players are beginning to believe that a rough stretch is simply that and nothing more.

Giambi spoke in the players-only meeting, but quipped that he forgot what he said or why he felt the need to talk to his teammates.

The 42-year-old veteran did say he has seen the team grow over the past few months.