The Cleveland Indians have played their way back into the thick of the playoff race, but the grind is only beginning. Manager Terry Francona’s team does not have another off day on the schedule until Sept. 25.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pitcher Brandon Finnegan, who was the Kansas City Royals’ first-round pick in the June draft out of TCU, will be among the September call-ups, the club said Sunday.

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The past 24 hours are starting to feel like July 31 all over again. With the deadline for postseason roster eligibility looming on Sunday, a handful of teams have made last minute deals to bolster their roster for the stretch run and a potential postseason appearance. The latest to join that group are the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, who according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal  made a significant upgrade to their bullpen on Sunday by acquiring Jonathan Broxton from the division rival Cincinnati Reds.  Broxton, who at one time was a dominant closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals, is having a career season in a set up role for Cincinnati. Over 48 1/3 innings, the 30-year-old right-hander  owns a 1.86 ERA and 1.01. Though it should be noted he’s struggled a bit in August, posting a 5.23 ERA over 11 appearances. That his overall ERA remains sparkling speaks to how dominant he was over the first four months.  Here’s another taste.  Jonathan Broxton has held opponents scoreless in 43 of his 51 appearances. — Tom (@Haudricourt) August 31, 2014 Broxton  also temporarily filled the closer’s position in April and May when Aroldis Chapman was coming back from his spring training injury. He successfully converted 5 of 6 save attempts.  In Milwaukee, Broxton is expected to remain in a set up role ahead of closer Francisco Rodriguez.  The man known as K-Rod is currently second in MLB with 39 saves. In he falters or simply needs a day of rest, manager Ron Roenicke now has another experienced option he can turn to in the ninth inning. Being able to keep Broxton in the seventh and eighth would be a nice luxury.  The Brewers will also take on a large financial commitment. Broxton is due around  $1.19 million in 2014, and will be owed another $9 million in 2015. He also has a $9 million club option with a $2 million buyout for 2016, so it’s possible, if not likely, Milwaukee views him as a solution behind this season. Keep in mind, Rodriguez will be a free agent at season’s end.   As for Cincinnati’s return, it’s reported they’ll receive two players to be named later.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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The Cleveland Indians got the big hits late, while the Kansas City Royals had their chances early and late for a key hit, but failed. Left fielder Michael Brantley and first baseman Carlos Santana singled home runs in the 11th inning as the Cleveland Indians topped the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Saturday night. “It was one of the funner games to be a part of and to win it makes it better,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. Shortstop Jose Ramirez opened the 11th with a triple to right-center field and scored on Brantley’s single.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have optioned rookie infielder Christian Colon to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, opening a roster spot for infielder Jayson Nix.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jered Weaver threw seven scoreless innings and Albert Pujols and Chris Iannetta hit home runs, but the Los Angeles Angels’ 4-0 win over the Oakland A’s Friday night at Angel Stadium was all about defense.

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Only the rain could stop right-hander Danny Salazar. Nothing can stop Carlos Santana in Kansas City. Salazar pitched five superb innings and Santana homered and drove in three runs as the Cleveland Indians topped the Kansas City Royals 6-1 on Friday night. Salazar (5-6) was not allowed to come back out after a 44-minute rain delay in the bottom of the sixth inning.

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Once again, Carlos Santana was a huge hit in Kansas City. Santana, who homered five times at Kauffman Stadium in a series last month, hit a two-run homer as the Cleveland Indians topped the Royals 6-1 Friday night. The loss cut the Royals’ lead to a half-game over Detroit in the AL Central. Santana connected in the ninth inning for his 22nd home run, helped Cleveland win for the fifth time in six games.

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The Kansas City Royals designated left-hander Bruce Chen for assignment Friday after six seasons with the team. The 37-year-old Chen is 2-4 with a 7.45 ERA in 13 games this season. He was in the Royals’ rotation when the season began, but went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury. ”It was hard,” manager Ned Yost said of his meeting with Chen.

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