Early clinch gives Indians, fans a week to prepare for the playoffs

Monday, September 24th 2007, 6:13 pm
By: News On 6

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Clinching the AL Central Division title with a week left in the regular season gives the Indians plenty of time to strategize for the postseason.

It also gives fans the opportunity to shop.

Fans responded to the Indians' first playoff berth in six years by snapping up T-shirts, hats and balls.

Everything but XL, 2XL and children's T-shirts were sold out at the team shop at Jacobs Field today but more were due to arrive later in the afternoon.

With seven games left and baseball's best record at 92-63 entering tonight, the Indians could still clinch win home-field advantage throughout the postseason and decide when the AL division series begins, October 3rd or 4th.