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Final 60 games to determine if Cleveland Indians return to post season

After four months of baseball, not much has been determined when it comes to which five teams will represent the American League in the 2014 playoffs.

One of those who have a real shot is Cleveland, which sits 51-50 after a tough 2-1 loss in 14 innings to the Kansas City Royals where Tribe starter Corey Kluber saw a potential perfect game disappear into the setback at Kauffman Stadium.

After Kluber retired the first 19 Royals, Omar Infanti broke up the prefect game with a one out single in the seventh. But the big play of the night was a double by Mike Moustakas, who saw his 2-base hit turn into a run when Indians left fielder Ryan Rayburn saw his throw spiked into the turf and allow the Royals to take a 1-0 lead with Moustakas coming all the way around on the 2-base error.

Kluber left after nine innings, allowing two hits and striking out 10 while Kansas City starter Danny Duffy allowed just two hits and no runs in seven innings.

The Indians tied the game in the ninth with a run scoring single by Yan Gomes but lost in the 14th when Norichi Aoki delivered a game winning single.

Cleveland, third place in the AL Central, 7.5 games behind the AL Central Division leading Detroit Tigers and 0.5 behind second place Kansas City, is among a long list of teams involved in the two wild card spots with around 60 games left to be played.

After games of Thursday, the top wildcard position is held by the Los Angeles Angels with a 60-41 record while the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays are virtually tied for the second spot. New York is at 53-48 while Toronto is 54-49.

Following are Seattle (53-49)Kansas City 51-50) with Cleveland right behind at 50-49. Division leaders are Baltimore, Detroit and Oakland. Those three would advance to the second round with the winner between the two wildcard teams playing the highest seeded division champ.

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