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It's slipping away from Tribe

BOSTON -- Where did the Indians' momentum go?

Scoreboard_2 When we woke up Thursday morning, we were preparing for one of Cleveland's biggest parties ever. Now we might be getting ready for Cavs' season. Everything goes through starting pitcher and it's going to be a long, cold winter for C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona if the Indians don't survive this series. And Travis Hafner has been so invisible he's not worthy of a nickname. Pronk has been a big zero the last four games, as in 0 for 15. The Red Sox have outscored the Tribe, 19-3, in the last two games.

Asdrubal The Red Sox are riding their pitching (Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling) and I also found some motivation on the back of their clubhouse door after Game Six. On the door is a blown-up copy of a column in the Elyria (Ohio) Chronicle-Telegram. It says in part: "This Indians team is better than the Red Sox and will prove it once and for all in cramped Fenway Park. Sure a home-field celebration would've been nice but silencing Red Sox Nation in its house will be just as sweet."

The column also quotes Ryan Garko saying, "The champagne tastes just as good on the road as it does at home."

The way this looks, the only champagne Garko and the Tribe will be tasting soon will be if they're going to some offseason wedding.

---Mike Harrington

(Photos: Kenny Lofton, top, and Asdrubal Cabrera/Associated Press)


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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