Indians forced to look for next 'window'
Updated: July 30, 2009, 10:28 AM ETBy Peter Gammons
The Indians' window began closing the night of the fifth game of the 2007 American League Championship Series. They were up 3-1 on the Red Sox, coming off a pounding of the Yankees and 97 regular-season wins. But on that one night all the innings and the wear on CC Sabathia came crashing down around his shoulders. Josh Beckett beat Sabathia 7-1 that night and when the teams returned to Boston, the Red Sox outscored Cleveland 23-4 to move on to the World Series. Now, Sabathia is in New York, Cliff Lee is in Philadelphia and when the Cubs moved into a first-place tie Wednesday afternoon, it meant that every one of the teams with the highest payroll in its division was in first place. To read about why Cleveland made the deal and what that means for Victor Martinez -- you must be an ESPN Insider.
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