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ANAHEIM, Calif. Nike Cortez Nederland . -- Terry Francona has been an extremely good fit for the Indians. His players seem to feel the same way, considering the way theyve been contending for a post-season berth. Justin Masterson pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer and Cleveland completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with a 3-1 victory Wednesday. "Weve got guys in here that want to be in the playoffs, and were working our butts off to try and get there," Swisher said. The Indians, who began the day 5 1/2 games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central and 3 1/2 behind Oakland in the race for the second wild card spot, improved to 69-58 and surpassed last seasons win total with 35 games to spare. "Im enjoying myself," said Francona, who guided the Boston Red Sox to a pair of World Series titles. "I thought this was the right place -- I knew it was -- and its been everything I hoped it would be. I love the people I work with. Im enjoying this team and trying to see if we can get better together. Its been fun." Masterson (14-9) allowed a run and five hits over 6 2-3 innings, tied a season high with five walks and struck out seven just 10 days after giving up five runs over 4 1-3 innings against the Angels at Cleveland in his shortest outing of the season. The right-hander, who made his big league debut against the Angels in April 2008, is 4-0 with a 1.87 ERA in nine career starts against them. "It wasnt easy. I mean, you look up in the fourth inning and I think Justin had more balls than strikes," Francona said. "But he had good movement and he kind of bobbed and weaved through their lineup. He only had probably one inning where he really cruised." The Angels put the potential tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position in the seventh before Masterson fanned Erick Aybar with his 110th and final pitch for the second out. Rich Hill came on and retired Josh Hamilton with a tremendous assist from third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, who robbed the Angels slugger of a hit with a diving stop in the hole and threw him out. "I feel a little disappointed that I only went 6 2-3 innings, because the goal is to get as deep as I can," Masterson said. "I had some good movement early in the game, got a lot of ground balls and got some great defensive plays behind me." The Indians got an insurance run in the ninth when Mike Aviles scored on Dane De La Rosas second wild pitch of the inning. Cody Allen pitched a scoreless eighth for Cleveland and Chris Perez got three outs for his 20th save in 24 attempts. The Indians bullpen had a 1.29 ERA and stranded 24 of 25 inherited baserunners during the teams 6-3 road trip. Jerome Williams (5-10) yielded two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings with six strikeouts and two walks. The right-hander is 0-8 with a 6.79 ERA over his last 12 starts and his only victory at home this season came in a 12-0 rout of Seattle on May 21. "Everybody was tired today, and it would have been an easy day to just show up," said Francona, who used nine pitchers in Tuesday nights 14-inning win. "We need to get wins like this." The Angels scored in the sixth when Hamilton led off with a single and came all the way around on Hank Congers one-out double into the right field corner. Los Angeles put runners at the corners in the second and fourth innings, but Masterson escaped the first jam with a strikeout of Peter Bourjos and the second on a flyball by Andrew Romine. "His ball was moving pretty well and was obviously sinking," Bourjos said. "We had some opportunities to blow the game open early, but we didnt take advantage of it." NOTES: Romine started at 2B for Angels for the first time this season in place of Howie Kendrick, who has missed 15 games because of a hyperextended left knee. ... Indians DH Jason Giambi doubled in the second inning, putting him within two hits of 2,000. ... Masterson, who became a full-time starter in 2010, reached the 1,000-inning mark for his career when he fielded Bourjos leadoff bunt in the fifth and threw him out. Bourjos had a bunt single in the seventh, ending an 0-for-21 drought. ... ... The Indians are 42-39 since May 23, the last time they led their division. ... Cleveland LF Michael Brantley, who broke Rocky Colavitos franchise record of 212 consecutive errorless games by an outfielder in Mondays series opener, has committed only six errors since beginning his big league career in 2009. ... Swisher has two hits in nine career at-bats against Williams, both of them homers. Nike Air Force 1 07 Korting . Instead of dwelling on the negative, Oates focused on what was good about the clubs recent play. It worked. Air Force 1 Utility Nederland . Ashley Youngs cross was inadvertently headed by Chester into his own net in the 66th minute, allowing United to claim a third straight league win. "We had to dig deep with our fighting spirit and weve done that," United striker Wayne Rooney said. http://www.airforce1schoenen.com/ . Woodson said during a radio interview Thursday that the Knicks Carmelo Anthony doesnt get the same calls as other superstars.Ireland are out of the World T20 after rain prevented a result in their game against Bangladesh. Bad weather in Dharamsala meant only eight overs were possible, and the abandonment leaves Ireland unable to make the Super 10 stage after their opening defeat to Oman.Will Porterfields side still have Holland to play in Group A, but that contest will now be a dead rubber. Ed Joyce and Kyle McCallan discuss Irelands exit from the Twenty20 World Cup The rain relented enough for Bangladesh to begin their innings in a reduced 12-over game, and Tamim Iqbal hit four sixes in a 26-ball 47 to help his side reach 94-2 in eight overs. Nike Air Force 270 Sale. But a further downpour meant no further play was possible, and Bangladesh and Oman will now fight it out for top spot in their final group game.Ireland coach John Bracewell told Sky Sports: Rain has been destroying games of cricket for 100 years - you cant control that but you can control what you do.We probably havent played as well as we can do but we are getting closer - we just dont get the consistent tough cricket that the full nations, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe do, but thats not an excuse.We have enough to compete, we just havent performed well enough. Sometimes the guys fight so hard that they forget to play the game.Watch Holland v Ireland live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 9am on Sunday. ' ' ' 
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