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Together, the Indians and Diamondbacks have accomplished a first in baseball

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The Indians beat the White Sox 5-1 on Wednesday to extend their winning streak to 14 games. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks defeated the Dodgers 3-1 to run their winning streak to 13. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time in baseball history — spanning 142 years and over 2,800 team-seasons — that two teams have had concurrent winning streaks of at least 13 games. To paraphrase the great Jayson Stark, baseball is great because every day there’s always a chance you’ll see something that’s never happened before.

The Indians also had a 14-game winning streak last season, from June 17 to July 1. Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, they’re the first team with winning streaks of at least 13 games in back-to-back seasons since the 1960-61 Yankees.

When the Indians last lost, on August 23 to the Red Sox, they held a 4.5-game lead over the Twins for first place in the AL Central. That lead is now 11 games. When the D-Backs last lost, also on August 23 to the Mets, they held a half-game lead over the Rockies for the first NL Wild Card slot. That lead is now 7.5 games.

Phillies option Hector Neris to Triple-A

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The Phillies announced that they’ve optioned right-hander Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Nerris, who saved 26 games as the Phillies closer in 2017 and ten games in that role this year, has struggled this year, posting a 6.00 ERA in 30 appearances. While his strikeout and walk rates aren’t too far off what he was doing last year his hit rate has spiked and he’s currently allowing 10.3 safeties per nine. The wheels have come off of late, as he has allowed nine runs on 15 hits — five of them homers — over his last eight innings of work. Yesterday he allowed four runs in the ninth inning of a game the Phillies had led by five.

It was clear that Gabe Kapler had lost faith in Neris as a result, using him almost exclusively in low-leverage situations. That changed on Saturday, as Kapler used him in a save situation and said after the game that they were easing him back into his role. That plan obviously changed after yesterday’s meltdown.

Seranthony Dominguez had been getting the call in save situations. He’ll get them more now.