The Indians are 6-1 on their nine-game trip to Kansas City, Seattle and Oakland, and no that is not a misprint or a mirage.
Granted, none of the opponents were over .500 going into the 4-3 win over the Athletics on Friday night at Oakland Coliseum, but both the Seattle Mariners and the A's began the evening 7-7.
Moreover, teams that travel from the Eastern to the Pacific time zone traditionally fare poorly no matter what the level of the competition. And that certainly includes the Tribe.
"Right now we feel like it must be a mistake if we don't win," Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said. "We expect to win."
Kipnis' head first slide into the plate to beat a throw from right fielder Josh Reddick was as big a play as any in the game. When Shin-Soo Choo singled with Kipnis on second and one out in the fifth, Kipnis took off and didn't look back.
"He made a very nice throw, but I was fortunate to beat it," Kipnis said of the run that became the difference in the game. "I thought it was a chance to score, so I put my head down and ran. I was real excited just to be on base. It's been awhile."
Teams discourage players from sliding head first, because of the obvious health risks, but manager Manny Acta wasn't about to reprimand Kipnis.
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