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The Cleveland Indians completed a stunning 15-2 finish to their season with a 5-1 victory Sunday at Minnesota, clinching their first playoff berth since 2007.

Ubaldo Jimenez, who has emerged as Cleveland's ace down the stretch, held the Twins to five hits over 6 2/3 innings and struck out 13 and Justin Masterson, a final-week relief hero, got the final five outs.

Cleveland will host either Texas or Tampa Bay in a wild-card game on Wednesday.

Jimenez, 13-9, is 4-0 over six September starts, allowing five earned runs over 41 1/3 innings.

"How many did we win in a row?" Indians owner and CEO Paul Dolan asked in a champagne-showered locker room afterward, referring to his club's season-ending 10-game winning streak. "How many more are we gonna win?"

Masterson, whose oblique injury for now deleted him from the rotation and relegated him to the bullpen for the final week, was grateful he was on hand to close it out.

"I didn't think I'd be a part of it," he said. "It's finally all come together. We made it happen.

"Who would have thought we'd put this run together in the end?"

Only once in the past 11 years has there been a postseason without a wild card team winning at least one playoff round. Four wild cards have won the World Series in that span and four more have lost the Series.

The Indians have become reminiscent of the 2007 Colorado Rockies, who finished the regular sason 14-1 including a playoff with San Diego to decide the wild card, then swept through seven playoff games to reach the World Series. That's where Boston ended the streak with a four-game sweep.

These Indians won't need an extra game just to get into the playoffs, eliminating with their victory the chance of the three-way tie with the Rays and Rangers.

But they now find themselves one game from a Division Series matchup with the AL East champion Boston Red Sox. That would pit Cleveland manager Terry Francona against the Red Sox, the team he led to that '07 championship.

In fact, Francona's Red Sox got to that World Series by rallying from down 3-1 in games against Cleveland in the ALCS, the last time the Indians were in the postseason.

The last wild card to win a World Series was the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals, who finished the season 16-5, then upset Philadelphia in the Division Series, then beat Milwaukee and Texas, coming from behind in each series.

Tampa Bay had looked a lot like the Indians until a few days ago, winning seven in a row and 12 of 15. But losses Friday and Saturday at Toronto and Sunday's scare leaves them looking a bit more vulnerable.

Still, the Rays are a team that counts on its pitching, led by defending AL Cy Young Award winner David Price and Alex Cobb, who has emerged as a strong No. 2 down the stretch.

The Rangers have a club-record come-from-behind 50 wins this year and don't rely on one offensive star. Adrian Beltre leads a group of six players with 60-plus RBI. Texas can finish off tight games with closer Joe Nathan and the bullpen that has the best ERA among AL teams still playing.

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