The local hoops talent may have taken this week's NBA Eastern Conference Finals to South Beach, but Cleveland isn't lacking in positive sports news.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert sent his bespectacled, bowtie-clad 14-year-old son to represent the team in Tuesday's draft lottery, and Nick Gilbert brought back the No. 1 pick. But Nick's luck didn't stop there: he also brought home to Cleveland the No. 1 spot in this week's MLB Power Rankings, as the Indians have returned to the top after a one-week absence.
What's more, the Tribe's in-state rivals, the Cincinnati Reds, have baseball's best record since May 3, as they've jumped to No. 2 in the Rankings. On a runs-per-game basis, the Reds have the majors' best offense, but the Indians rank second in offense and fourth in pitching and defense. All of this sets up the season's inaugural interleague showdown this weekend at Cleveland's Progressive Field with state bragging rights -- and the perch atop the Power Rankings -- at stake in the Battle of Ohio.
NOTE: All stats are updated through Wednesday, May 19.
MLB Power Rankings