The Indians last won a division title in 2007, before that in 2001. Only in Cicada Nation would that be considered a regular occurrence. Six years removed from their last playoff appearance, the Indians must prove they're capable of another emergence from the subterranean reaches of the AL Central. Sunday's crowd of 14,015 on a postcard afternoon suggested an understandable amount of wait-and-see still in the air even after a six-game win streak and slo-pitch softball offensive numbers. What we know about the Indians as the warmer weather settles in is the following: They can hit. They're resilient. Moving on . . . Actually, that's not fair. They manufactured a run Sunday in a streak-busting 4-2 loss to Minnesota that speaks to their versatility and aggressiveness. Asdrubal Cabrera doubled and stole third with a deft slide. In a tough at-bat not often associated with big swingers, Mark Reynolds managed a sacrifice fly that scored Cabrera and cut the Twins' lead in half. "It's something different every night," Terry Francona said of what he liked about his team as it won nine of 12 games and steadied itself after a tough start. "When you're going through a good period -- if your starting pitching gives you a good chance every night, you don't have to reel off a bunch of wins to feel good about your team."
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