Indians manager Eric Wedge has a new three-year contract extension through 2010. It's kind of an early reward for having his ballclub near the top in the American League Central.
Cleveland failed to make the postseason in Wedge's first four years on the bench. His current deal runs through the end of this season. The club held an option for 2008 and 2009.
Cleveland's 54-and-37 record is just a half-game shy of division-leading Detroit and has the Tribe on top in the A-L wild-card chase.
The Indians were expected to contend this season and they have.
Cleveland has spent 63 days in first place while bouncing back from
a 78-and-84 record and fourth-place finish in 2006.