CLEVELAND (AP) -- By the time Indians manager Terry Francona hops on that motorized scooter he rides from his downtown apartment to Progressive Field on game days, his mind is racing and his stomach's churning.

He wouldn't have it any other way.

''There's nothing better than coming to the ballpark and being nervous and excited,'' he said. ''That's the best feeling. I love that feeling.''

With a cheap basketball jerseys September surge, the Indians have Francona feeling great.

Two months ago, they were in a baffling funk. Cleveland's offense basketball practice jerseys couldn't match the club's custom basketball jerseys solid starting pitching, and basketball jerseys cheap a season of high expectations - the Indians were Sports Illustrated's pick to win the World basketball practice jerseys Series - appeared doomed.

But following a few trades, and energized by the arrival of All-Star-in-the-making Francisco Lindor and a few other youngsters, the Indians have battled back to .500 and are in the thick of the wild-card race.An 8-3 win on Monday night over AL Central-leading Kansas City in the opener of a four-game series was Cleveland's 13th victory in 18 games and moved the Indians back to .500 (71-71) and within 4 1/2 games of the second wild card.

And although they've got to slug it out with several other teams to make October's postseason, Francona, who deserves much of the credit for the turnaround, is proud of how his team has responded.

''We were frustrated for four months, there's no getting around it,'' Francona said. ''What we did, which was good, was we took that and we made it better. Again, I wish we had been 20 games over .500, which we weren't. Rather basketball jerseys cheap than pack up the bags and say, 'Well,' I like what we've done.''

When it began to look as if the playoffs weren't possible, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti began planning for the future by trading veterans Brandon Moss, David Murphy and Marc Rzepczynski before the July 31 for prospects. Then, Antonetti dealt Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn - a pair of disappointing free-agent signings - to Atlanta on Aug. 7.

The departures of Swisher and Bourn, along with their massive contracts, seemed to unburden the Indians, who have gotten major contributions from Lindor and fellow rookie third baseman Giovanny Urshela as well as Abraham Almonte and Chris Johnson, who both came over in trades. Also, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall has blossomed after switching to right field, a move that may have saved his career.

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