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CLEVELAND -- When their turnaround season hit a dead end in October, long after most expected it to stop, the Indians spent a few minutes reflecting on their six-month thrill ride and what might have been. There wouldnt be any more champagne, but there was plenty to celebrate. "We proved a lot of people wrong," first baseman Nick Swisher said. "Still, it hurts." The pain, though, was only temporary. Following a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL wild-card game on Wednesday night, there were few tears as the Indians said goodbye to a year none of them will ever forget. They became a close-knit group, bonding under first-year manager Terry Francona, who not only oversaw a 24-win improvement from 2012, but made them believe anything is possible. "All this team really ever needed was a heartbeat," said 42-year-old designated hitter Jason Giambi, "and we kept it all the way down to the end." In returning to the post-season for the first time since 2007, the Indians rekindled their on-again, off-again relationship with Cleveland fans, who had grown distant and disenchanted in recent years mostly because of the teams inability to re-sign Cy Young winners CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee. But although they may not have shown their support at the box office during the regular season, Indians fans were there when it mattered most. Dressed in red, more than 43,000 of them raged for three hours as they urged the Indians, a team that pulled off 11 walk-off wins and won their last 10 games to make the playoffs, to give them one more magical moment. It wasnt to be. "There wasnt one guy that didnt think we werent winning that game in the bottom of the ninth," said All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis. "We didnt come up with the big hit." The Indians blew several scoring chances against Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb., who deserves credit for making pitches when he needed to. But Clevelands failure in the clutch -- one of their strengths during the season -- can at least partially be pinned on Swisher, Kipnis and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn. The trio went a combined 0 for 12 with four strikeouts. Its just one game, but Swishers post-season problems have trailed him from Oakland to Chicago to New York and now to Cleveland. Hes batting .165 in 47 career playoff games. With two runners on in the seventh inning, Swisher, swinging out of his cleats at every pitch to try and hit a game-tying homer, struck out on three pitches from reliever Joel Peralta. The at-bat summed up Swishers night and further exposed one of Clevelands glaring weaknesses, the lack of a big, run-producing bat in the middle of the lineup. The Indians didnt have a player with 85 RBIs, and one of general manager Chris Antonettis top priorities in the off-season is to find a slugger. That wont be easy, but Antonetti, who has been aggressive in rebuilding the Indians -- with owner Paul Dolans financial backing -- could get creative with trades perhaps involving closer Chris Perez, catcher Carlos Santana or shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. All three had disappointing 2013 seasons and could be dealt to bolster Clevelands power. Another issue for the Indians to address is their inability to beat quality teams. They were just 14-33 against the playoff teams in both league and 54-17 against teams with under .500 records. "We had a good year, but one thing we did wrong was not play better against teams like the Rays," Bourn said "Thats something well improve on." The starting pitching, a major question mark when the season started, became a strength with Ubaldo Jimenez bouncing back from a 17-loss season to win 13 and lead the Indians staff down the stretch -- 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA in September -- when All-Star Justin Masterson was injured. Jimenez has an $8 million mutual option for next season with a $1 million buyout. If he chooses to venture into free agency, Jimenez could land a monster deal but he appreciated the Indians willingness to stick with him during tough times. "They did everything possible to help me out," he said. "They never gave up on me." Left-hander Scott Kazmir, too, said he would like to return to the Indians, who signed him to a minor league deal in January and got 10 wins on a $1 million investment. Reliever Joe Smith, another possible free agent, has told the Indians he wants to stay. Giambi, who essentially saved the season last week with a pinch-hit, ninth-inning homer to beat Chicago as the Indians were fighting for a wild card, doesnt know what his future holds. Francona has credited Giambi, more than any other player, for Clevelands stunning rebound. Giambi could receive managerial offers after nearly getting Colorados job last year, but he wouldnt mind being a part of this Indians revival. "I had the time of my life, no doubt about it," he said. "Its been fun. Ive enjoyed every minute watching this ballclub grow and being a part of it. We came together. We exceeded everybodys expectations, now guys have a little taste of what its like to go to the playoffs, so hopefully they continue to work hard and keep that push." Cheap Roshe Run . 1. Lions WR Calvin Johnson (6 REC, 101 YDS, 1 TD, 10 targets) leads receivers with 1,299 yards and 12 touchdowns, though his 118.1 receiving yards per game ranks second behind Clevelands Josh Gordon. Gordon (10 REC, 261 YDS, 2 TD, 15 targets) is emerging as a superstar, putting up huge numbers even with Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden at quarterback. Cheap Roshe one Online . Modin, 36, tallied seven goals and three assists in 36 games with the Thrashers this season. The Sundsvall, Sweden, native has posted 232 goals and 230 assists in 894 career NHL games with Toronto, Tampa Bay, Columbus, Los Angeles and Atlanta and has appeared in 57 post-season contests, helping the Lightning capture the 2004 Stanley Cup Championship. http://www.cheapnikerosherunstore.com/.com) - The Los Angeles Dodgers made it official Tuesday and signed pitcher Brandon McCarthy to a four-year contract. Cheap Roshe Two For Sale . Nwaneri, who was born in Dallas and attended Naaman Forest High School in nearby Garland, Texas, tweeted, "Its official! Im coming home, Im coming home.After his hat-trick at Chelsea, can Man Citys Sergio Aguero clinch the Premier League Golden Boot? While Leicester and Tottenham focus on English footballs top prize, up to five players also have their sights set on another award.Agueros treble at Stamford Bridge lifted him to within one goal of leading marksman Harry Kane on Saturday, before Leicesters Jamie Vardy joined the Tottenham man on top of the pile with his 22nd goal of the season against West Ham. Evertons Romelu Lukaku and even Vardys team-mate Riyad Mahrez also have eyes on the summit. So who will join the likes of Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo in lifting the top-goalscorer gong? Here, we take an in-depth look at the contest... Previous Golden Boot winners Season Player Team Goals 2014/15 Sergio Aguero Man City 26 2013/14 Luis Suarez Liverpool 31 2012/13 Robin van Persie Man Utd 26 2011/12 Robin van Persie Arsenal 30 2010/11 Dimitar Berbatov Man Utd 20 Carlos Tevez Man City 20 State of playTottenhams Kane and Leicesters Vardy lead the way with 22 goals. Kane will have the opportunity to reclaim the outright lead on Monday Night Football when Spurs face Stoke, while Vardy will miss the Foxes next outing at Swansea due to suspension, following his red card against West Ham. Harry Kane shares the lead in the Golden Boot race with 22 goals Aguero is just one back, while Everton frontman Lukaku is on 18. The latters goals appear to have dried up following his breath-taking start to the campaign. Mahrez, meanwhile, completes the quintet on 16 goals having handed over the goalscoring mantle to Foxes team-mate Vardy in recent weeks. Golden Boot race Player Team Goals Jamie Vardy Leicester 22 Harry Kane Tottenham 22 Sergio Aguero Man City 21 Romelu Lukaku Everton 18 Riyad Mahrez Leicester 16 Remaining fixturesAhead of Monday Night Football, Kane and Aguero have five matches remaining to add to their respective tallies. However, Mahrez has just four games remaining and Vardy - due to his suspension at Swansea - has a maximum of three fixtures left.Kanes Tottenham travel away to Stoke, Chelsea and Newcastle in their final five games and welcome West Brom and Southampton to White Hart Lane. That run of games could benefit Kane, with 12 of his 22 goals coming on the road for Mauricio Pochettinos side. Will Vardy or Mahrez add the Golden Boot to a potential Premier League winners medal? Lukaku also has five games to play - his 18 goals have been evenly split at home and away. Thirteen of Agueros 21 goals have come at the Etihad Stadium, but he will not have the luxury of home comforts, with three of Manchester Citys final five games coming on the road. Remaining fixtures Harry Kane Jamie Vardy & Mahrez Sergio Aguero Romelu Lukaku Stoke (a) - - - - - Newcastle (a) Liverpool (a) West Brom (h) Swansea (h) (Vardy sus) Stoke (h) - Chelsea (a) Man Utd (a) Soton (a) Bmouth (h) Soton (h) Everton (h) Arsenal (h) Leicester (a) - - - Sunderland (a) Newcastle (a) Chelsea (a) Swansea (a) Norwich (h) Repeat performance?Aguero would win the Golden Boot if these five players repeated their goalscoring feats against their remaining opponents from earlier this season.dddddddddddd. The Man City striker scored five goals against Newcastle and, while he didnt net against his teams other remaining opponents earlier this season, that would take him to 26 goals. Vardy would finish second if he repeats the two goals he scored against Manchester United and Chelsea, while Kane and Lukaku would be tied fourth. Kane scored just once against Spurs five remaining opponents, while Lukaku notched an impressive five goals in Evertons fixtures against Liverpool, Bournemouth, Leicester, Sunderland and Norwich. Will Vardy or Mahrez add the Golden Boot to a potential Premier League winners medal? Mahrez, meanwhile, would remain fifth despite scoring six goals in the corresponding fixtures first time around. It appears the Algerian may have too big a gap to bridge. Golden Boot 15/16 (if results repeated) Player Team Current total Goals in reverse fixtures Total Sergio Aguero Man City 21 +5 26 Jamie Vardy Leicester 22 +2 24 Romelu Lukaku Everton 18 +5 23 Harry Kane Tottenham 22 +1 23 Riyad Mahrez Leicester 16 +6 22 Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapps verdictAgueros hat-trick at Chelsea has blown the whole Golden Boot race wide open. Its great to see two English players in the mix and Id love to see one them do it. Is Aguero going to play every game with the Champions League semi-finals coming up for Man City? Is Manuel Pellegrini going to rest him? He took him off with five minutes to go against Chelsea and hes had muscle injuries in the past.As for Lukaku, I think he might just have a bit too much to do. Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness verdictThere might be an element with Aguero that he needs to play to be at his best. Strikers have to be at their sharpest, at it all the time. Looking at his shape, I think hes someone who needs to be worked all the time and cant be rested too much.Id like to think as well hes someone who wouldnt want to miss a training session or a game, knocking on the managers door, saying he wants to be part of everything going on. Who do you think will hold their nerve and claim this seasons Golden Boot? 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