Indians back home for sell-out game after record-breaking win streak

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Indians are back home!

And tonight’s Fourth of July game vs. the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field is completely sold out.

After breaking a franchise record of 14 wins in a row, the Tribe dropped their series and road trip finale 17-1 to the Blue Jays on Sunday.

But they finished their second three-city, 10-game trip in four weeks at 8-2. And their win streak is the longest single-season winning streak in MLB since 2013 when Atlanta won 14 straight.

A sell-out crowd of 34,000 fans was expected at Progressive Field to take in America’s pastime on the holiday, as the Indians were set to take on Detroit at home after a long road trip.

“To be home on the Fourth, the way we’re playing right now, it’s going to be special to have a full sell out tonight,” said Curtis Danburg, with the Cleveland Indians. “The players inside the club house, they’ve been hearing all week about the sellouts and fans coming to the ballpark, and they’re more excited I think than the fans coming.”

A group of Detroit fans from out of town were trying to get last minute tickets for the game.

“We’re going to see if we can run into some Tigers and see what they can hook up for us,” said Ann Mattea.

Tribe fever was building with this weekend’s games versus the Yankees nearing sell out status, too. The Reiman family, of Hudson, bought tickets just in time.

“14 in a row, it was great, just loving watching the Tribe on TV and wanted to come down and experience it in person,” Paul Reiman said.

Crews were setting up a patriotic fireworks display for fans to enjoy after Monday night’s game.

 The Indians offer the following tips for anyone heading downtown for the game Monday, according to TribeVibe.com: 
  • Be loud. The club ran out of gas on Sunday and they’ll need energy!
  • Gates open at 5 p.m. Due to the sell-out crowd, fans are encouraged to arrive early. The area around the ballpark is also crowded due to RNC preparations, so fans should allow themselves extra time to arrive.
  • Due to RNC preparations, the Gateway East parking garage will be passes only.

According to the Indians, ticket inventory is also very limited for their Friday and Saturday games against the New York Yankees. They encourage fans to get tickets early and online for those games.

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