CLEVELAND -- This weekend's series against the Indians at Progressive Field will serve as somewhat of a homecoming for Astros designated hitter Marc Krauss, who grew up as an Indians fan in Deshler, Ohio, which is about 148 miles west of Cleveland.
Krauss, who attended Ohio University, said he's leaving about 15-20 tickets for each game against the Indians.
"This was my team growing up," Krauss said. "I've been here I don't know how many times, watching the Indians when they were one of the best teams in the league in the late '90s for a stretch. I've been here a lot. It's pretty awesome to come back here and be playing and try to knock them out of the playoff push."
Krauss always envisioned himself getting to play at Progressive Field as a member of the Indians, but playing against them? That might be even better.
"I think it's even cooler to be in the stadium and have everybody excited to make the playoffs," Krauss said. "They've had a real good season and are a really good team. We're trying to play our game and do what we can to ruin some of those dreams."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.