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Cleveland Indians change start times for two September games

The Cleveland Indians have added two nationally televised showcases to their September slate.
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Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor hits an RBI-single in the seventh inning in a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Cleveland. Yu Chang scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — As the final few weeks of the 2019 season approaches, the Cleveland Indians still fighting to secure a playoff spot.

And as they do, they'll find themselves featured on national television.

On Monday, the Indians announced that two of their games next week have been selected to air on national television. As a result, the start times for both games have changed.

Those games are:

  • Thursday, Sept. 19 vs. Detroit @ 7:15 p.m. on FOX (was 7:10 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Sept. 22 vs. Philadelphia @ 6:37 p.m. on ESPN (was 1:10 p.m.)

The Indians' Sept. 22 primetime matchup vs. the Phillies should make for a busy night in downtown Cleveland, with the Browns scheduled to host the Los Angeles Rams in their own primetime matchup on Sunday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. The contest will also serve as the Indians' 2019 home finale.

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Cleveland Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger throws to the Minnesota Twins in the first inning during a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Minneapolis.

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Heading into Monday night's road matchup vs. the Los Angeles Angels, Cleveland currently trails the Minnesota Twins by 5.5 games in the American League Central. This weekend, the Indians will host the Twins in a three-game series at Progressive Field, in what will be the final three matchups between the two teams this season.

While Cleveland is currently facing an uphill battle within its division, it remains entrenched in the American League Wild Card race. As of Monday, the Indians are 1.5 games back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the top A.L. Wild Card spot and a half-game back of the Oakland Athletics for the second spot.